squinty wrote:Safety isn't a lever on a gun, a guard on a knife or any other mechanical device. Safety is a behavior.
1SR437 wrote:Spiffy experiment. I like the use of floss. Is the needle strong enough to work with thicker fabrics or will it break?
I try to keep needles hidden in most of my gear that has an eye that will fit inner paracord strand ( I don't remember the gage).I also have a few travel kits I nicked from hotels when I traveled a lot.
Jeriah wrote: I tried this once; the spine is thick at its base, so unless you do some serious trimming, it punches very large holes through the fabric you're sewing.
Woods Walker wrote:Nice to see a SAK in field use. That sewing needle looks good. Thanks for posting.
Boondock wrote:I carry a sewing kit and duct tape in my bag, and my PSK also has a needle. Still, I wondered how I'd make repairs if I lost or was separated from my gear.
In such a situation, I figure there'd be other priorities of work to accomplish. I would not want to devote considerable time and effort to crafting a sewing needle, but might need to perform a few comfort tasks, like darn a sock or mend a wool sweater or blanket.
There's a thorn tree outside my house, I believe it's a Washington Hawthorn, with decent long, straight and pointy thorns.
I clipped a few and attempted to fashion a needle. This was done with a Swiss Army Knife. I cut and scraped tiny notches on opposite ends of the thorn.
I carry dental floss in my PSK, so that's what I used as thread. Tied the floss around the notch and secured it with a tight square knot.
Tried to mend a USGI wool sock and was able to make crude but effective stitches. Had to go very slow, as the sock fibers sometimes got caught in the notch and threatened to pull off the thread.
Also tested this on a cotton T-shirt and it worked out. Did not work well on heavy material, such as a pair of Wrangler cargo pants, mainly because the thick, so-called eye end of the thorn punched large holes in the fabric.
My conclusion: Improvised needles from natural materials work for simple repairs to clothing or items with loose fibers, probably better if added effort is devoted to creating more functional needle, which might not be feasible in a survival situation.
I also decided I'm going to pack extra needles in my kits.
It was a fun, however, to try some primitive skills and test the difference between theory and reality, so to speak. A lot of bushcraft concepts are easier conceived than performed. Also makes you appreciate the ancients.
FYI, this experiment took about an hour. It also served as a test for posting photos on the forum.
Thanks for viewing.
Of most use in the field is a blanket stitch.
Boondock wrote:There's a thorn tree outside my house, I believe it's a Washington Hawthorn, with decent long, straight and pointy thorns.
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