Can you use a Swiss Army Knife as a survival knife?? Rangergrip 78 and the Ironhorse strop.
Hello. And welcome to Vinny's day off our. Topic for discussion today is Swiss, Army knives over. The last year or so I've built a number of survival, shelters using, various. Falling, knives and the two questions that have been asked very very often err what. Is my opinion of Swiss Army knives and, could. You build a shelter using. A Swiss Army knife. The. First, one I bought was this I believe it's a camper. I, carried. This for many many years, going. To work and when it was needed to do so going out it's. A very useful little knife and. You. Have the two blades but. What is far more useful are these two screwdrivers. Especially. This smaller, one which which fits most their Philips screw heads. This. One is we use more for prying and poking, and twisting, and jamming. Things, in term and macgyvering, if you will. I'm. Sure guys, come off many uses for these car crews but it got very very little use with me. The. Next knife I got was this this one the. Alpen here. At. That time I was a bit obsessed with, razor. Sharpness and, I may have ground blade very thin but. I got a lot of chipping that's why it's so worn looking now so, my opinion of Swiss Army knives is, that there are basically decent knife maybe. Not the most repairable. Greatest out there but they're a good decent knife one. Thing I've never had is a saw. So. That led me to buy this one this. Is the Victoria. Knox Ranger grip 78. And. This is a fine big saw a four-inch, blade saw almost. Four inch blade knife. On. The back of this one it. Has a proper. Phillips screwdriver I was, very interested in this as, I say, as. I said the corkscrew, is of no use to me. So. That's why I wanted this. I haven't. Been asked by people in the comments to. Try out two specific, knives the, first was the farmer, and the, second was the trail master, I was, very very close to buying the farmer I like the look of the farmer a lot but, I just thought it was a little small for, what I would be doing Trail Master likewise is a fine knife trained master was very very interesting, but, those knives that were offered for sale that, were convenient, for me to buy had.
A Partially, serrated blade. And. This. Is an abomination before me I wouldn't have it there, was no plane blade available, so. I went with this Ranger grip like. In many Swiss Army knives you have the. Toothpick. Do. Or do not there is no try. And. You have the tweezers. No. I've watched. Many reviews and these and. Heard. Guys say how useful these were for taking taking our torrent, the splinters and such I must. Say I've found them completely useless in my experience. They're. Good for nothing except the most superficial, torn, and. He turned his penetrate as well, these, aren't strong enough they're, too flimsy too pliable, they. Won't grip. It's. A superb idea. But. It's badly executed, I believe these these. Tweezers, are much much too weak, and pliable okay. One. Thing I'm very much enjoying youtube is the fact that I get to. Interact. And chat, with many people from all over the world one. Of the first people I came across was. Iron Horse 19, isn't, that a cool name. And. In the course of our chats he offered to make me a strop, and he sent me to a web site showing. Various styles, and sizes of straps what caught my eye was, a little pocket strop so, I asked him if he could make that one for me and he did. And. This is it I have it Lord with green compound, I could do it a little more actually. Now. I was thinking of making something like this myself for a long time but, I never got around to it. This. Is smooth leather. But, I'm contemplating, getting some fine compound, for this. But. As you can see it's it's ideal, for the pocket. I'm. Really pleased with this and we're going to try it out today, thanks. Very much Iron Horse 19 much, appreciated, and I really love this thank. You very very much. So. Gentlemen, and ladies my second. Most asked the question can. You use a Swiss Army knife as a survival, knife, let's. Go find out. Okay. So our first order of business is, to build a shelter but. Today I'd like to discuss the, amount of time it takes to build one of these shelters and, also the problems of logistics. You. May not have all your resources in one area I'm. Going, to use brambles, for. Cartage again. And. I. Need to collect them here and there's a reason for that I'll show you later, where. I plan to build the shelter is about a mile that way okay. So. I'm going to move around and collect some of these and I'll get back to you okay, okay.
Guys So if collectors are brambles. For cartage now. We need to hike to our central location a mile that way this took us a half an hour okay. Okay. Guys I, plan. To build my shelter here. It's, taken is about an hour and 15 minutes to get here we. Had to move, through some fairly heavy brush and, there's no trail obviously up to this place there's. Not a great deal of flat. Dry ground around here, so this this is about as good as we're going to get so. Our next order of business is gather some pose okay. Okay. Let's, see how to solve our forums guys, this. Pole is fairly, long and I can get to shelter. Points, out of us okay, so, let's have a go. Okay. I got a little bit hung up there. But. He eventually got them down, so. Out of that I got two stout poles. It's. A little bit of work with the saw it's a little bit tedious but is well capable of cutting. Perfectly. Strong Timbers, that. Would make you a stout shelter. Let's. Try something else with the next Pole. When. I was a small boy my dad showed me how to call it a pole with, a knife you. Bend a pole over and you cut across the fibers. It. Doesn't matter how big the pole is if you can bend us you can cut us even with a tiny knife, what. I'd like to find out now, is. Can. I do the same with the sole okay. Let's. Give this polar bend over. I'm getting hung up. A. Little. Bit of a bend. It. Is easy. Not. Quite as we planned. But. Seemingly you can do the same with the saw. It's. Also convenient. To. Crush make cuts around a pole with. The knife and break, it off so. Let's see if we can make a little cut with the saw all, around to, break it off as well. Let's. Try that. I'm. A bit tight for space here. We're. Over here. That, works fine. For, a smaller so it can do a lot of work I'll tell you that right. Let's, crack on guys. Here. We have a poll, that's somewhat. Thicker than I would I would try with the knife to. Be honest and, I just like to see, how. To saw. How. This all works with this one. Timber. Binding. A little. Oops. It is he. As. I see a little tedious but, you. Can cut quite respectable, polls. Quite. A solid poll with this little saw. Very. Useful and definitely I suppose what you call a force multiplier a. The reason I had to gather brambles, back at the other area is, because. The. Brambles, here. Have. Been pretty, much hammered by the deer they're. Being nipping them off as they grow nipping, the tops off. So. They're much more they're, much shorter, and more stunted. There's. Another example here. Let's. Find you some more. This. One is the same. And. That's what I mean you may not have all. The resources you need in one area you may have to travel quite a distance to find what you need, so. That's logistics, for you. And. This is the reason why we travel so far up here guys this, is one of the very few places Believe It or Not left, locally.
Where I can get a plentiful supply of filled rushes and, these. Are the only shelter. Material, I would trust at this time of year a pair, from sod which, would be a nightmare to court without a spade. So. I'm going to gather some of this a. Little. Technique I came up with. For, according this is. To grab your bunch at the top generally. There's a lot of grass and crap growing through it, so. If you grab your bundle up here and course. You. Can pull it up and leave all the crap behind. This. Cutting these is also very hard an edge you have a lot of display. And there's all, rotten, rushes going there and just tough grass growing as well at roots this. Is very hard an edge so. The Iron Horse trough will come in very useful here I'm going to cut away and I keep strapping, is that course okay. So. I've got a couple of hours work here at least just, to get the roof. Dice. Come up come up we get the snow cut ERISA what. See. You in a while guys. It's, three days later life. Got away again I. Finished. Cutting the poles today searching, for the poles selecting. Them cutting. Them trimming them getting the back here took, about an hour and a half. Yesterday. I came up and I caught the rushes. That. Took about two and a half hours, it, was raining away fairly steadily so I didn't get any footage of that it, was pretty miserable let me tell you so. Hopefully we have enough I'm. Going to build a shelter using tripods, again using. Saplings, to support your shelter is is excellent, but it's very difficult to find two. Saplings in a level dry place that. Doesn't have a. Widowmaker, hanging, over us a Widowmaker, being, a big tree or a large branch tie could possibly, fall in you you. Know it's. A very real danger. So. That's what I've taken to making these shelters with two. Tripods of support, so. I better get cracking or this video is going to take after year see, in a while guys. Here. We have the finished shelter. I. Meant. To show more of the construction, but things went against me at. Brambles, this time of year not as flexible I had a good deal of trouble with them. But. My intention, was to do the whole thing with natural, materials, throughout I used twine excuse my fingers now they're quite dirty I used fine to finish the very top row here and, put. The brushes. On the side here as well, also. The, tripods. At both sides I reinforced. With a little bit of binder twine just because it's. Holding the weight, I've. Got, some spruce bars lay down just to sit on this. Is about the best use for spruce, boughs in my opinion. Let's. See if we can get a little fire going have. A little twig bundle here. So. Can. You use a Swiss Army knife as a survival, knife well. We've got a shelter started a good. Waterproof shelter we've got fire started. What's. Left cleaning. Some fish are cleaning game I. Think. It's a bloody good survival knife. And. This little saw is a game changer. This. Is one of the easiest shelters I built now. It takes a little bit of time but, with a bit of patience and. Just let the saw do the work it's. Quite an effective little cell. Now. There are many in YouTube we. Seem. To believe that splitting, wood is is, vital. For survival. Spinning. Logs of firewood with their knife. Now. I searched throughout the woods and I could find no logs the firewood lying around so. I had to cut this one. So. We're going to see if we can split this using, this little little little. Knife. Okay. Let's see how we get on I've. Created. A kind of a knife wedge. Type. Implement, here. So. You've got our little cut. Started, there. So, if you really want to split wood it's.
Very Possible. So. How long did this little shelter take to build guys it. Took a half an hour together brambles. It. Took an hour to hike in here, it. Took about an hour and a half together to wood it, took two and a half hours together to rushes. It. Took about another two and a half hours to build this I. Could. Have done it faster but. It went against me because the Brembos, were difficult, to work with. This. Will tell you a couple of things it'll. Show you for instance why I'm not drawing out two videos a week. It. Allows to show you how absolutely vital and precious something. Like a tarp or even a sheet of plastic or a small tent would. Be if you were traveling somewhere, where there was a risk of being lost. The. Reason it would so much effort is. That. I now have a very waterproof. And a, very strong and windproof, shelter. It's. An effective shelter. And. Then we go is just the end of my video I really, hope you enjoyed it and thanks very much for watching indeed, can. You use this with ceremi knife as a survivor knife I think. So, bye. Bye.