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Old 06-30-2005, 07:25 PM   #11
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Can I change my choice? I am switching from knife to dutch oven.
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Old 06-30-2005, 10:32 PM   #12
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Old 06-30-2005, 10:34 PM   #13
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Make sure to slice it against the grain or it will be very tough
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Old 06-30-2005, 10:35 PM   #14
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*swimming over to texas's island and stealing her matches*
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*swimming over to texas's island and stealing her matches*

I will share!!
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Old 07-01-2005, 09:15 AM   #16
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i'd grab a bottle of soap.
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Old 07-01-2005, 09:49 AM   #17
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i've actually done a good bit of survival training, and i'd have to say a big knife, or a cleaver if possible. and if i could grab something else quickly, it would be rope, or heavy string.

fire, shelter, and food can be obtained from the environment, but you'll need the knife/cleaver to get them. the rope or string would be used for trapping food/fishing, and for starting a fire.

btw, it always makes me nuts watching the dopes on "survivor" try to build shelters, in the worst locations, then try to start a fire by actually rubbing sticks together...
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How do you start a fire with rope or string? Not being sarcastic {sp} just really wondering.
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Old 07-01-2005, 10:26 AM   #19
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water and matches.

Who knows if there is going to be a lake or stream on the island you are stranded on.
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Old 07-01-2005, 10:37 AM   #20
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i was trained to use my shoes laces. the laces on military boots are especially useful as they are strong.

using a string of some sort (you could always use the inner bark of trees twisted together into a string, but that's getting really difficult), you make a fire with the bow and drill method.

first, you'll need some really fine, dry kindling like dead grasses, cottonweeds, thin bark strips, or dead leaves and such. this is packed around 1 of 2 small wooden blocks that you have cut from a branch with the knife, with a small depression on one side (facing up). then, you make the drill out of another branch, about 2" thick and a foot long, like a dowel, tapering one end to fit into the block's depression. the other block is used to hold down on the top of the drill. now, you get a longer branch, and make a bow out of it with your string or shoelace. the drill is twisted into the bow, then placed into the bottom blocks depression with the kindling packed around it. holding the drill down with the upper block (that has been greased to reduce friction with skin oils and pus from around your nose), you pull the bow back and forth, causing the drill to spin back and forth in the depression, creating heat from the friction. this will eventually get hot enough to cause your kindling to ignite.

ok, the greasy nose thing is gross, but it works, or else the upper block will get as hot as the kindling block.

umm, texasgirl, does this explain it ok?
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