Let’s face it — this generation will probably die out in a true SHTF. Our youth focuses more on social media than real-life situations they should be facing or preparing for. My roommate can’t even boil an egg right. Most don’t even know how to do basic plumbing.
The tools below represent the things you and I need on a regular basis if you truly aim for a self-reliant lifestyle. Some might argue that power tools are more effective and efficient, but hey, I bet you can’t use one in a power outage. Maintenance costs are a concern. And if not electricity, they rely on fuel. Moreover, hand tools can last a lifetime if you take care of them. Power tools? They depreciate in value through time and has a set lifespan when it comes to effectivity.
If you want to survive, if you want to be a/THE Survivor, learn how things are done the old way. The analog way. The way before anything was convenient.
Besides good ol’ duct tape, MacGyver always had a knife on him. Okay, fine, it’s because he doesn’t like guns and we don’t necessarily support the same sentiment… but still. When push comes to shove, there are few tools better tools to have with you than a knife.
Some who are permitted to carry CCC don’t carry on a regular basis, but I can’t stress the fact that you MUST have a knife at all times. Get a good folder from Benchmade, Spyderco, or an old KA-BAR from an Army Surplus Store. You don’t have to shell out too much for a good quality knife. Don’t get caught not having one.
PS. If you’re not getting a folder, make sure you get one with a full tang and a good pommel. WORTH IT.
Shovels aren’t all created the same — there are different kinds for specific uses. Tile spades are for digging trenches, extracting reasonably-sized rocks, and transplanting flora. Its long, narrow blade and sturdy handle exerts more leverage than a rounded shovel.
The rounded or round-point shovel, on the other hand, works best for compost or turning over the earth. The square-point is best for any chore that needs a rigid, flat scoop. From removing ash, snow shovel, and practically any scooping job from hard, flat surfaces, they work like a charm.
If you need some heavy hammering, log-splitting, or smash stones too large for tile spades to wrench free, the sledgehammer comes into play. That claw hammer will just look stupid if you have a go with it, really.
Sledgehammers also come in various sizes. A 4-pound hand sledge is a great tool for driving stakes, blacksmithing, loosening frozen parts, and smashing stuff up as a stress reliever. A 10-12 pound sledgehammer is also handy on the homestead. The basic concept is simple: “Let the tool work for you.” It’s weight should be more than enough to get things done.
No chainsaw? No fuel? No bueno.
But with a bow saw and two able lumberjacks, prepping firewood, trimming trees, and felling small trees suddenly become very possible. Its size and stupid big teeth make it a fantastic first choice for small sawing tasks. The only fuel you need? YOU.
TIP: Always buy extra blades. You wouldn’t want to stare into the distance in the late afternoon, wondering if you’ll still make it to the hardware store.
Loppers (BIG) And Pruners (SMALL)
The right size, for the right job. Complement your bow saw with loppers and pruners for tree and shrub trimming tasks.
There are no tools that can replace the rake when it comes to collecting foliage, cleaning up chicken coops, stalls, and kennels. Nothing.
For sifting and manipulating earth and compost, bow rakes will do the job wonderfully. They will also work well for corralling larger sticks and twigs. The leaf rake, regardless of its name, will also do just fine for cleaning up after livestock.
Not a hand tool, but damn. I’m pretty sure you don’t have superpowers good enough to reach waaaaaaay up for maintenance work. Lights need replacing, gutters need cleaning, fruit trees require pruning, you get it. You need a ladder. Period.
Have a bit of variety and get yourself a 3-foot step stool, a 6-foot A-Frame ladder, and a 24-foot extension ladder for work that requires you to be on a roof. Or anything that’s ten feet of the ground, ideally.
Gun gloves, work gloves, rubber gloves, welding gauntlets — the point of being a survivalist is keeping yourself away from harm, and make sure you have gloves to use for work that isn’t safe barehanded must be a priority. So much injury and suffering can be avoided if preemptive steps are taken.
Do you have any other tools in mind? Comment down below!