Knives Illustrated



Lost your number one survival tool? No problem, these alternativ­es take up the slack in a pinch:

• SCISSORS—SEPARATE the scissors into two parts and use a rock (or sharpener, if you have one) to bevel down the rough edges until sharp. You’ll not only have a great knife substitute, but you’ll have two of them.

• BROKEN GLASS/MIRROR—BEING fairly easy to find in an urban environmen­t, take a piece of glass and break it on the ground or with a hammer. If it’s not tempered, it should shatter in large, jagged pieces. Use duct tape, cloth, or leather straps to wrap around the thicker portion to create a safe-to-hold handle and you’re good to go.

• TRIMMING TOOLS—MANUAL hedge clippers or other foliage cutting tools work in a similar manner as scissors, but on a much larger scale. The difference is that it may take a lot of effort to separate the blades from one another. But if you do, you’ll have some formidable knives to use on just about anything.

• DENTAL FLOSS/WIRE—NO, this isn’t a joke. Tough dental floss and uncoated wire can be super tough and cut through a lot of different materials from fruits and vegetables, to freshly killed game. Just apply pressure, “saw” back and forth and let the wire do the bulk of the work.

• RAZOR BLADE—BOX cutting blades can be found throughout an urban environmen­t and if you find one in a very “new” state then you’ve hit the jackpot. Razors can slice through fabrics, cordage, gunky tape, and even shave wood to create valuable tinder. Be gentle and your blade can last a fairly long time.

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