6 Ways to Use Your Knife that You Never Would’ve Thought Of

Going into the woods without your knife is like going to the bar without your wallet. Only you can’t kill things with your wallet… Or can you? …No, you can’t. We’re here to talk about knives.

The knife has been around since the early stone-age, so you’d think that every application of this ancient tool has so-far been discovered. Well the following content is intended to reveal unique ways to use your knife that you never would’ve thought of. Just be sure to carry around a knife-sharpener for some of the more blade-dulling techniques.

Signaling for Rescue
You’ve been lost in the wilderness for days without food when all of the sudden you see the tiny figure of a person moving across the distant horizon. You’re too far away for them to hear you because the wind is howling and all you have on you is the knife that you’ve been using to slay bear after ferocious bear. How do you get their attention? Most knives have reflective blades which can be used to direct the sunlight toward your future knight in shining armor. If you’re not sure whether they’ll know that you’re in distress, use the SOS signal which is three short flashes, three long flashes, then three short flashes again (…___…).

Chopping Firewood/Kindling
It always seems as though the wood that you find near your campsite is too big, too small, or too green for the bon-fire you’re trying to build. Of course you can’t let the sun go down without burning things, so look no further than to your trusty knife. It’s fairly easy to make kindling with your knife as long as you have a nice, hard surface to work on. Simply stand the wood upright and place the edge of your knife down on top of it. Use a stick to hammer your knife through the wood with the grain until you split the wood to your desired thickness.

Tick Removal
In your dog or in your head, ticks are disgusting and need to be removed immediately upon discovery. Burning them out doesn’t always work, and tweezers are never there when you need them. With a little bit of care and finesse, you can tease them out with the tip of your knife. The trick is to be patient and not break off any part of the tick within your skin. If you’re really lucky, your knife will be equipped with tweezers or pliers.

Bottle Opener
Did you stupidly bring bottled beer into the woods with no way of opening it? Well you’re in luck as long as you have your knife. There are actually two ways of opening a bottle with a knife, both of which are as safe as opening a bottle with a knife can be. The easiest method is to grab the bottle firmly by the neck and place your knuckle just underneath the cap of the bottle. Then place the dull end of the knife between the cap and your knuckle. Using your knuckle for leverage, pry the cap off with your knife. It may take a few tries. The other method is a bit tougher and can take the whole neck off your bottle if done improperly. Hold your bottle out in front of you by its body in one hand, and with the other hand, slash the cap off with the back of the blade using an upward motion (don’t do this with a folding knife). The blade should glide against the glass of the neck before hitting the cap. If done with precision, this is a cool trick. Otherwise, it’s pretty embarrassing, especially if there’s a bottle-opener on your knife.

It’s been three days since you’ve had any food and you just spotted a bird’s nest up in a tree. Since its spring you think that there’s a good chance that there will be some delicious eggs in this nest. The only problem is that the nest is about three feet out of reach. Got your knife? Good! Now all you need is a small boulder, this will be your hammer (keep in mind, this trick is for sturdy survival knives only).  Stick your knife into the tree as deep as you can by hand, then take your boulder and smash it into the tree until its deep enough to hold your bodyweight. Got a ton of knives? Good! Now you can make a ladder!

This one’s a bit obvious, but totally applicable if you’re looking to snag some fish, trying to scare away other campers, or being attacked by the grizzly bear from The Edge. You’re going to want a sturdy stick to lash your knife to. It would be best to go for something green so that it is less prone to break. When lashing your knife to the shaft of your spear, be sure to make it as tight as possible. The last thing you want is for the blade to pop off after throwing it at your prey. Parachute chord or duct tape is probably your best bet for securing your knife. It’s up to you to figure out how to make the spear effective.

By Robin Johnson