Product Reviews

Gearward’s “Compact Survival Cord” rivals 550-paracord in strength and functionality

Survivalists recognize the importance of traditional 550 paracord. It’s strong, compact, easy to work with, and provides all the characteristic benefits of cordage that a survivalist requires to stay alive (hey, if it’s good enough to suspend a parachute, it’s good enough for me). Thus far, there’s been no true…
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How to make rope from plants – fiber extraction and natural cordage construction.

You can make rope or natural cordage (rope and string) from many different fibers including (Bast) Dogbane, Milkweed, Nettles, Hemp, Flax; (Leaves) Cattail, Yucca, Agave, Douglas Iris; (Bark) Willow, Maple, Basswood, Cedar; (Root) Leather Root, Beach Lupine; (Whole stem) Tule, Juncus, and straw. Each type of material has specific requirements…
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The ultimate guide to splices and whippings (used to splice ropes together).

Splices It is not uncommon, especially in a wilderness survival situation where you possess limited supplies, to encounter situations where a longer length of rope is needed.  Rope splices are used to splice shorter lengths of rope together to form a single, larger length of rope.  Good rope splices hold…
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Construction lashings and their use when building structures.

Construction Lashings and Structures Lashings are used to firmly hold together two or more spars (poles, masts, scaffolding, legs, trestles, etc.)  There are numerous survival construction projects that require lashings for construction. Here is an example of lashings used to hold two posts together (details on how to create lashings…
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Weaving can be used to create mats, tarps, blankest, and more. All about weaving, mats, and looms.

All elements of rope work incorporates weaving or interlocking of strands by passing over and under each other.  At a smaller scale, weaving can be used in the wild to create mats, tarps, blankets, and more.  The process of weaving is fairly simple. Sword Mat and Homemade Loom Step 1:…
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Stop ending your rope with a knot. how to create fancy but functional endpoints (plaits) for ropes.

Sennits Most ropes are braided by twisting the strands but strands can be plaited (called a sennit) to create a “fancier” looking rope. Similarly, rather than ending a rope by tying it off in a knot or by whipping the end, you can terminate the rope end with plaits. This…
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Other Uses for Plants

You can do a lot more with plants than just eating them. Here are a collection of miscellaneous uses for plants.

Plants can be your ally as long as you use them cautiously. Be sure that you know the plant and how to use it. Some additional uses of plants are as follows: Make dyes from various plants to color clothing or to camouflage your skin. Usually, you will have to…
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