One of the greatest enemies of every survivalist is running out of food. Let’s face it. A bunch of fancy survival gear won’t matter if you become stranded in the wild and you end up starving.
A survival knife can greatly help your cause in procuring food should you run out of provisions while in rugged territory. Just how can you do that? Here are four ways.
Survival Knives and Clams and Mussels
Virtually every larger body of water contains clams and mussels whether salt or fresh water. If you find yourself near a larger water source, you may be in luck. The best attribute of this food source is that it can’t run, hop or fly away from you. Virtually every other animal does.
Look in the water for these hard-shelled morsels or dig into the muck, gravel or sand with your hands or knife. If you find what you’re looking for, use your survival knife to pry open the shells and use your knife to remove the meat. The Hogue Medium Tactical Drop Point has a nice sharp point for this kind of task. It’s always best to boil mussels and clams since you could get sick from bacteria if you eat them raw.
Try this one first if you’re near a body of water because you’ll exert a lot less energy than other methods if you can find what you need.
Field Dressing Reptiles and Amphibians
Depending on the time of year, you could score in a big way if you find a snake, frog, lizard or turtle. The grand majority of these animals are edible with few exceptions. There is poison in the skin of some frogs and toads so you’ll want to skin them.
Reptiles and amphibians are usually easier to catch than furry mammals are but still could provide you with a good meal and not a bad tasting one either. Use your survival knife to field dress anything you catch and cook everything, if possible. Turtles such as snapping turtles tend to run large and can be easy to catch when on land. Just one could provide you with a significant food source.
Create a Spear for Fishing and Hunting
If your knife has a spear hole, you’ll find attaching your knife as a spear point to a wooden shaft much easier and secure. That doesn’t mean you can’t do the same without a spear hole with a little more work. The CRKT Hoodwork features a handle that can be removed to better transform its blade into a spear.
The first step is to find a sturdy stick in the 3-5-foot range. Mark off one end of the stick to the length of your knife handle. Next, split the stick up to the point you marked off. Then cut off one of the splits.
You now have a ledge on the end of your stick to rest your knife handle against. The last step is to tie the handle tightly to the end of your spear. If you’ll be spear fishing and have ample twine or cording, you can run some line through the opposite end of your spear. This will create a retrieval system so you don’t have to slosh out into the water every time you throw your spear.
If All Else Fails, Eat Bugs
If you strike out on the bigger stuff, keep up your energy levels by using your knife to help you find bugs. Cut through rotten logs and trees and dig in the ground for something to eat.
Not all insects are created equal, though. Some aren’t edible. Avoid ones that are hairy, brightly colored or smell bad. If possible, boil your insects. If you can’t, some great choices that will treat your body right would include earthworms, grasshoppers and white grubs that live in the ground. You can pinch the heads off the grubs before consumption.
If you’re ever in the wild and need your survival knife to obtain food, don’t panic. The best plan contains multiple strategies. That way if one doesn’t work out, you’ll have a backup plan.