posted on Oct, 22 2014 @ 01:01 AM
For cutting wood alone, I would rather use the pocket chainsaw, granted that it worked repeatedly and did not break. I've seen those cheap survival
saws before, which are the same in principle, and they will break extremely easily. There are a lot of cheap survival tools on the market that I would
recommend one to avoid. It is better to spend a little bit more and get something that will last, if you are going to use it in a survival situation
at least. Just for messing around it would not be important.
The main reason I would prefer the saw to a hatchet or axe would be for the clean cut and ease of use. But I am not that proficient with an axe. If
one were an expert with an axe then I'm sure they could use it better than myself, but I know that I could cut something faster with a saw. If you
are cutting something for firewood then obviously it would not matter how pretty the resulting product turns out, but sometimes you need a flat
surface, which the saw could give you. I suppose one might be able to get a flat surface with a chopping instrument, but I think it would be much
easier with a cutting instrument. Also, the battery and steel wool is in my opinion the quickest and easiest way to start a fire, granted that you
keep the necessary materials in your survival kit. This is of course without an instrument that produces a flame directly. You don't really need the
cotton balls as long as you have some paper-thin bark or moss, or some type of tinder. Would the battery and gum wrapper work with tin foil do you
think? I was thinking that perhaps the gum wrapper is used because it has more resistance than tin foil, and thus it generates enough heat to create a
flame, where tin foil might not.
Honestly though, if one has a survival kit that they've made themselves, there will likely be no need to carry around all types of stuff for making
fires. It is of course good information to have if you find yourself with an odd assortment of supplies for some reason. If all else fails, you can
always use the tried and true method of friction. I would prefer some string and a piece of wood for a bow, and an axle stick and a rock to act as a
joint or pivot point. It is not easy to do in my opinion, and if one is a survivalist they should practice it in their free time. I'm not a
survivalist or prepper, but I grew up in the middle of nowhere, and was constantly doing woodsman type stuff. If I found myself in a survival
situation I would probably join up with a pack of wolves or coyotes. My human intelligence, plus their utter lack of respect for any life whatsoever,
says we should do pretty well together. If they don't eat me first.