Making The Cut: How To Make An Improvised Wire Saw From Scraps
When you need to cut something down to size, using your pocket knife is not always the best option. While a pocket knife can be used to cut small limbs and other items, doing so will quickly dull the blade and make it useless for other purposes, like skinning. One of the most simple ways to cut up branches, limbs, and even PVC pipes when a power saw or hack saw are not available is by using a wire saw. These wire saws are widely available and most of them are inexpensive and should be a part of just about any bug out bag or camping kit. You can buy these nifty tools but it’s also extremely easy to make one yourself out of every day household items. There are two extremely simple methods in making DIY wire saw and which one you use depends entirely on what type of wire you have: Supplies:
Step 1: Make the wire a little over 2 feet long. Put the key ring about halfway down the wire and fold the wire in half. Now start twisting the folded wire. Step 2: Once you have twisted the wire about to where you only have about 3 inches from the end you will need to create a loop to hold the second key ring. You will want to take the other key ring and attach it to the saw by twisting the wire through and around itself. The end result should look a bit like this: The second method is used when you have a thinner and more flexible wire like picture wire.
- Stiff Wire: Electrical fencing wire, a stripped electrical cord from a wall outlet, metal coat hangers, or chicken wire (not as durable)
- Two key rings
- A pair of needle nosed pliers
You use the exact same method but instead of twisting, you use a simple reverse wrap like you would when making primitive cordage. See the video below:Note: If you are having trouble viewing the video, you can see it by accessing this link: http://youtu.be/TpAQihS2at8. Using this reverse wrap method will increase the tensile strength of the wire exponentially and even if you don’t use reverse wrapping for this. It is still a vital skill to learn. * As a note: When using this tool, make sure to be cautious. This tool can help you in a pinch but it is still improvised and is nowhere near as strong as a store bought wire saw. Start out using it in 30 second intervals with a 15 second break in between. If the saw seems like it is holding up you can begin increasing the cutting time. This will help to keep the wire from overheating and breaking. This tool will not make short work of that old hickory stump in your back yard, but it can help to cut limbs and small logs to a more manageable size. Survival is all about your ability to roll with the punches!About ‘Above Average’ Joe: I am just an average guy with a passion for learning. I am excited to share the things I learn with you but I am most interested in learning from you. Thank you, Gaye, for inviting me to share the Survival Life with your readers!
THE FINAL WORDI told you this was easy. And it is essentially free. I would suggest that if you have them, try using some old guitar strings since they are particularly strong. One word of caution: leave your improvised wire cutter at home while traveling. I do not think that TSA would take too kindly to having this type of tool in your pocket or carryon bag. BTW, this, plus my Swiss Army knife, gets me where I need to go!
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!Gaye If you have not done so already, please be sure to like Backdoor Survival on Facebook to be updated every time there is an awesome new article, news byte, or free survival, prepping or homesteading book on Amazon. In addition, when you sign up to receive email updates you will receive a free, downloadable copy of my e-book The Emergency Food Buyer’s Guide. Bargain Bin: Today I share a few “commercial” wire saws as well as a couple of my own EDC tools. ProForce Commando Wire Saw Bulk, Ideal For Survival Kits: This one is less than $4.00 with free shipping. Not a bad deal so I ordered one to try it out. Chainmate Survival Pocket Chain Saw With Pouch: This is a survival chain saw that includes a belt loop pouch. Here is what one of the reviewers said: “This thing EATS wood and weighs nothing!! It takes a little bit of effort but you can chew through a hardwood tree half a foot thick in literally a couple minutes; half that if you use two people (one on each end).” Ultimate Survival Technologies SaberCut Saw: This saw is essentially a chain saw in your pocket. With bi-directional teeth, cutting is made easier and faster. The ratings are great and the cost is about $20. Gerber Shard Keychain Tool: The Shard has seven useful functions: small flat driver, medium flat driver, cross driver, pry bar, wire stripper, lanyard hole, and bottle opener. It is light weight and is perfect for your pocket survival kit. Victorinox Swiss Army Climber II Pocket Knife: This is the Swiss Army Knife that I carry. And what is the most used tool on the knife? The scissors!
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