Wilderness Survival Skills

Overview

Wilderness Survival Skills is an outdoor survival guide that utilizes the most popular and versatile tool carried by every hiker, camper and hunter: the knife.

It provides you with the essential information and life-saving techniques for all survival situations, including hunting, fishing, and trapping, building a shelter, making a fire, self-defense, and carving useful tools. 

Each chapter presents the knife skillsand activities essential...

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Overview

Wilderness Survival Skills is an outdoor survival guide that utilizes the most popular and versatile tool carried by every hiker, camper and hunter: the knife.

It provides you with the essential information and life-saving techniques for all survival situations, including hunting, fishing, and trapping, building a shelter, making a fire, self-defense, and carving useful tools. 

Each chapter presents the knife skillsand activities essential for wilderness survival, including: using a knife and axe, carrying and caring for a knife, securing food with a knife, sharpening an axe, and constructing watercraft wtih a knife.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780785828754
  • Publisher: Book Sales, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/15/2011
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 207,818
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 7.84 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

BobHoltzman is a writer and editor living in Maine. He is the author of Wilderness Survival Skills: How to Stay Alive in the Wild with Just a Blade and Your Wits. He maintains the blog Indigenous Boats and has edited books on outdoor skills and boating.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Would You Make it Out Alive? 8

1 Choosing a Knife

Assessing Your Needs 12

Fixed-Blade or Folding? 14

Blade Shape 18

Serrated and Plain Edges 22

Specialty Knives 24

Knives You Don't Need 26

Fine Points 29

2 Carrying and Caring For Your Knife

Carry it Safely 34

Tools for Sharpening Knives 36

Sharpening Methods 38

Sharpening Serrated Blades 42

Make it Handier 45

Improvise a Knife 47

3 Using a Knife

Keep it Safe and Legal 52

Holding the Knife 55

Holding the Workpiece 57

Basic Cutting Techniques 60

Tree Work 64

Notches and Holes 66

4 Food with a Knife

Hunting and Gathering 70

Hunting by Hand 72

Spear Hunting 74

Trapping 78

Preparing Small Game 86

Fishing 88

Cleaning Fish 90

Vegetable Foods 92

5 Surviving with a Knife

Self-Defense 96

Making Fire 98

Starting Fires 101

Fire Tools 104

Cooking Methods 108

Fire for Comfort 110

Signaling for Help 111

Making Camp 113

Building Shelter 115

Camp Comfort 123

Cordage 127

Tools With Your Knife 129

6 Watercraft

Options for Boatbuilding 134

Floats and Rafts 136

Winter Travel 139

Skin Boats 140

Dugout Canoes 144

Bark Canoes 148

Boat Propulsion 154

7 Axes

Hatchets and Axes 158

Carrying and Storing Axes 160

Sharpening Axes 162

Safe Axe Use 164

Felling 166

Limbing and Sectioning 168

Splitting and Hewing 171

8 First Aid

Common Knife and Axe Injuries 176

Treating Cuts 180

Resources 183

Glossary 184

Index 186

Credits 190

Notes 192

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