American Survival Guide - - TABLE OF CONTENTS - By Michael D’angona

Sa­vor this se­lec­tion of edged tools.

Un­ques­tion­ably, the num­ber-one tool/weapon for any sur­vival­ist would be a knife. Although some peo­ple might de­bate this for cer­tain cir­cum­stances, this state­ment stands true for a mul­ti­tude of rea­sons. First, a knife acts as a mul­ti­func­tion­ing tool. It can carve di­verse shapes, such as a spoon or fork, from ir­reg­u­lar chunks of wood. It can sharpen and notch saplings to con­struct an­i­mal traps, an overnight shel­ter or a makeshift fish­ing pole or spear. When fire is needed, it can be used to cre­ate sparks with a com­pan­ion ferro rod or other metal­lic fire-starter. Its uses are di­verse and nu­mer­ous when it’s go time. In ad­di­tion, a knife is also a per­sonal de­fen­sive and of­fen­sive weapon. Silent, ma­neu­ver­able and deadly, a sharp­ened knife at your side can aid you dur­ing an un­pro­voked at­tack from ei­ther man or beast. And, when star­va­tion is knock­ing at your door, a knife will help you se­cure sus­te­nance from both the plant and an­i­mal king­doms. As di­verse as their uses, knives are avail­able in ex­tremely var­ied forms and ma­te­ri­als. They dif­fer in length, size, shape, weight, com­po­nents and a num­ber of other fac­tors. Your job is to find the best knife, or knives, to fit your par­tic­u­lar needs. Luck­ily for you, there are plenty of good ones from which to choose.

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