It’s funny how the world can operate. One man’s waste is another man’s gold.
There are a few survival uses for bones that you should know of. When many people eat meat they just throw away bones not knowing they can use them to make other important and essential things they can use in their daily life’s. In this world, for you to survive you need to be creative and resourceful and also have that urge to come up with new things that can bring impact in your life’s and those of loved ones.
6 Ways Preppers Can Use Bones For Survival
- Make knives
- Make sewing needles
- Make fishing hooks
- Use as fuel
- Use as fertilizer
- Use as food
For many years, animal bones have always been in use especially by our ancestor who have kept the record of being the greatest survivals that have ever existed. The ancestors didn’t understand the meaning of been wasteful as they used every single resource they hand for the best.
Below are 6 survival uses of bones.
1. Making Knives
Knives making procedure using bones is one of the simplest. This is because all that you need to do is get a discarded bone and then start shaping it to a knife blade through grinding it against any available coarse stone. You should consider longer bones from larger animals when making a knife. The long Shinbone and the femur are most preferred since they will give you a larger space for shaping the blade and Still enough bone will be left to make a handle. Surprisingly, bone knives can be as sharp as the blade made from steel and therefore you should be very careful when handling bone knife.
2. Making Sewing needle
Making a sewing needle is one of the unique survival use of the bones. Basically, you don’t have to look for the smaller bones to make a needle, instead you can use the chip splinters from the large bones, for instance, you can get many splinters after making a knife blade from a larger bone.
After getting the splinters, you remove the sharp edges using wet sand and stone until the tip of the splinter become sharp. Then you are required to make a hole at the other end of the splinter with either a sharp rock or anything you can get around you that can make a whole and you will be good to go with your sewing needle.
3. Making a Fishing hook
When you are in a situation that you need a fishing hook, it can be easily made from certain specific animals bones. This means that there are certain bones which have a hook-like shape and this implies that through close contenders examination you can be able to get those bones you can use to make a fishing hook.
The best bones you can use to make a hook includes nose bones, jaw bones or a deer tarsal bone.
After getting the bone, all you will need to do is just to make the bone to the shape you need of a hook.
Not only bones can be used to make tools but also they can be used as a source of fuel. For instance, according to history, ancient people who used to live on the upper side of the arctic circle faced a lot of challenges on accessing firewood for their cooking activities.
They then started to use bones to supplement the little firewood they had. This was done by mixing firewood with bones.
Basically, bones don’t usually burn well when they are on their own but when combined with some firewood the story changes. In fact, bones fire is much longer and brighter compared to that of firewood alone. For effectiveness, a ratio of 50/50 of bones and firewood is recommended. However, with the addition of bones, the flame would burn brighter and longer. Smaller bones such as phalanges and ribs burn much faster compared to larger bones like femur which burn longer with increased consistency.
Scientifically, animal bones are known to have a lot of phosphorous which as a result make them a perfect raw material in the production of fertilizers. In this case, dry bones work better compared to a fresh one. To make a fertilizer all that you need is your bones collections and then a hammer. Using the hammer crush the bones into small pieces and then grind them to a powder using a mortar or a stone. Mix the powder with warm water and wait until the mixture cools to make it ready to be sprayed in the soil.
6. Use For Food…
Believe it or not, bones CAN be used for food.
Bones have a bone marrow which is very rich in nutrients such as vitamins proteins and fats. You can boil the soup to make a delicious broth and you will have a strong and healthy body.
As we have listed them above, Bones have a lot of survival uses and they can be helpful to many people. Another good thing is that bones are readily available and only skills which are required to make bones useful. You can try the above tips today and you will have the results.
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