Temperate Climate Use Survival Knives are great! However remember rubber non-slip grip knives are the very best choice in extreme environments. Metal handle knives hold temperature. So when it's freezing cold or extremely hot you want to be able to hold the knife. As in this photo it utilizes Para-Cord as a handle wrap. Once this cordage is used you lose your handle. Solid shank knives are my favorite. They offer more durability. Less chance at breaking when used or hammered. Remember it's not the size of the knife that matters it's the dependability and function. You should carry a utility, pocket, axe/hatchet, parang. I always carry a trash blade, conserve my survival knife for when it's needed most. Include in your inventory a good quality wet stone. A dull knife only makes a job sloppy or adds to risk of accidental injury. Never baton the point of a knife, 1.5 inches typically behind the drop point. This will limit the cracking or breaking of your point. Featured in the picture below is a blade that's not a bad choice for fashioning as a bladed spear tip.
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Solar Stills are a very well known survival trick to collect condensation water out from the damp earth. You will need a container to collect droplets of water and a medium size piece of plastic material. Dig a hole in the ground preferably two feet six inches deep, or until you reach damp soil. Avoid shaded areas when selecting your dig site. Great places to look are dry but moist creek beds or moist water runoffs as the water will be easily extracted. Once you hole is dug, place your water catch container in the center of the hole. Then with the plastic you selected lay it across the top of the hole, weight the plastic down with earth or several rocks around the edge. Remember to leave enough slack in the plastic to position a rock in the center to form the shape of a cone. The cone needs to point down into the center of you container without touching it. Allow the solar still to sit for a few hours and check back often, to collect enough drinking water you should set several stills up. The more you make obviously the more water they provide. This is a basic skills survival tip of the week.