7 Survival Tools You Can Make on the Go

7 Survival Tools You Can Make on the Go

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This is a quick video of 7 (but really 8) primitive survival tools and contraptions that you can make in the wild to ensure long-term survival, essentially, homesteading. Some of these are very environment-specific – meaning that you may not have a use for them where you are, others can be made anywhere.

None of these are my inventions. At best, I put my own little spin on some of them. These have been found in one form or another in the archeological record and I either read about them or was taught them in survival class. Feel free to run with these ideas and make them fit whatever situation and landscape you may find yourself in.

Stone-Age Hoe (Time Index: 00:05)

Here I use it to deepen the trench for my round, rammed-earth hut, but of course it can be used in many other situations which includes agriculture. The most crucial part here, I find, is the lather strap that adds structural strength to the tool while the blade is under load. It’s very simple and also very effective. In the old days, people used a shoulder blade of an animal for the blade.

Wicker Basket from Weeping Willow (Time Index: 1:27)

This is as essential as it gets once you decided to stay in none place for a while. Just as with any other lifestyle, things tend to accumulate. To collect them and store them in some sort of fashion, one must make some kind of a container. It might as well be a basket. While this example is not pretty as I’m not a master basket maker, it does its job. Weeping willow is the go-to material for baskets in this part of the world.

Travois (Time Index: 3:09)

You may have seen some movies where something like this was hitched to a horse (there was one with Terrence Hill in it, I believe). Prior to the arrival of Europeans, Native Americans used smaller ones for their dogs. The point is that the load is way in the back and the two points of contact are minimal, so friction is minimized. It’s in no way as good as having wheels on a cart, but way better than the alternative which is carrying something yourself. It was a huge time and strength saver when I was building my hut.

Primitive Crane (Time Index: 4:28)

The lever used in this fashion is as old as people trying to build stuff. What you see here in the making is a separate work area to go with my current camp (the one with the round hut). I am taking the interlocking-beams idea to the next level with this one. The problem was that beyond a certain size, the structure started to get way too heavy for me to lift. To save my strength and my back, I came up with an easier way to lift it.

Survival Vise (Time Index: 5:55 & 7:34)

There are two versions of this concept in this video. The first one is a double one, and it’s used to hold larger, longer things in place while you use both your hands working on your piece. It’s uses are numerous. For instance, I use this to clamp down on a larger rock which then I use to stretch animal hides on when I’m tanning. The second one, is a hand-held clamp that is helping me not burn my hand. These things are really versatile.

“Deluxe” Digging Stick (Time Index: 8:32)

Normally a digging stick is just a sharp stick. The amount of work I needed to get done was going to be back-breaking, so I needed a more effective way to the work. Just like a more conventional spade, this stick allows you to use the strength of your leg to take a bite out of the effort. It worked like a charm. Next time, I might make the blade sharper and perhaps fire-harden it to make the edge last.

Primitive Rake (Time Index: 9:28)

Again, necessity is the mother of invention. I needed a large amount of forest debris for the roof of my hut. When building a basic debris hut, you can just use your fingers. This is especially the way to go when you have small bushes to work your way around. Here I thought I would create a quickie rake and it totally lived up to expectations.


  1. Joseph Fore on March 10, 2020 at 7:14 am

    What knife are you using ?

  2. Darin Carlin on March 10, 2020 at 7:15 am

    I hope you have a few cold-weather projects in the works. I am very interested to see how the shelter does in the rain/snow. Thanks for the upload, I enjoy every one of them very much!

  3. keitharoo1962 on March 10, 2020 at 7:15 am

    Well I just learned some stuff!!! Thanks!!!

  4. TheGrayman1234 on March 10, 2020 at 7:17 am

    Video and audio are slightly out of sync for me

  5. Don Turnblade on March 10, 2020 at 7:18 am

    Making all that cordage and manufacturing an edge by napping is a strong interest to know more about.

  6. Rowan Fernsler on March 10, 2020 at 7:19 am


  7. Dr. Saw on March 10, 2020 at 7:20 am

    Brilliant, well done. Thanks.

  8. Danielravenstar on March 10, 2020 at 7:21 am

    The whole planet is the better for this video,
    Is there a lap stake viking boat in the plans???

  9. Anthony Perkins on March 10, 2020 at 7:22 am

    this is an god video. I llike the primitive building styles. My suggestion would be to make primitve tools and do your work that way. It defeats the purpose when you do a primitve video with mofern day tools, make it more authentic, stil la good video.

  10. survival LT survival LT on March 10, 2020 at 7:22 am

    Cool video

  11. Abbadon Kuchikukan on March 10, 2020 at 7:25 am

    What kind of knot did you use on the Crane? please 🙂

  12. Leader Bad on March 10, 2020 at 7:25 am

    Very much enjoyed it….and learned a lot of new things.

  13. Danny Turmel on March 10, 2020 at 7:34 am

    When it comes to bing crafty u da man

  14. Nick Tide on March 10, 2020 at 7:37 am

    Nice video. Particularly liked the garden hoe at the beginning which could be a great asset and the "pliers" used to hold a shell. Ive often used two stick to take something off a fire and have spilled my ramen trying. Those simple pliers would be great.

  15. John Large on March 10, 2020 at 7:37 am

    Excellent video, I love the variety and functionality, particularly the vise and rake tools.

  16. John Evans on March 10, 2020 at 7:41 am

    I love your videos. Sir. As a Scout leader and someone who has always loved the ideas of primitive survival camping, I really enjoy seeing how you carry out your projects.

  17. Charles Knight on March 10, 2020 at 7:44 am

    Very well done. Excellent bush craft; better video!! God bless!!! Chuck Knight. 🤠

  18. Global Villager on March 10, 2020 at 7:44 am

    You deserve more subs.

  19. william maurer on March 10, 2020 at 7:45 am

    Very Cool!

  20. John Foster on March 10, 2020 at 7:46 am

    silence is golden but please learn to explain what you are trying to accomplish.

  21. Primitive Survival NVN on March 10, 2020 at 7:46 am


  22. Dreamylyn Moore on March 10, 2020 at 7:46 am

    now this is what i call improvising and making something out of nothing.. well done.

  23. Thorgon Cross on March 10, 2020 at 7:50 am

    "on the Go" then shows builds that you HAVE to stay in the same place for the whole build.

  24. Vukoman Vitez on March 10, 2020 at 7:50 am


  25. John Does on March 10, 2020 at 7:51 am

    Find love about these guys at these survival courses they keep telling you these skills are perishable will people learn to drive a car and they get their license every 5 years or 10 years they don’t forget one morning and wake up and no I don’t know how to drive a car like you forget how to dress do you get eat dont take Class 2 to get dressed every morning again know they’re lying to their teeth to get you in there watch a video learn refresh your memory save your money for other things like new knives tense things that we actually could use

  26. Michael Jayne on March 10, 2020 at 7:54 am

    With only a knife . . .

  27. Madddog Yo on March 10, 2020 at 7:54 am

    Sixthhhhhhhhhth in the six

  28. Bush Life Aholick on March 10, 2020 at 8:00 am

    Awsome man well done 👍

  29. ladyofthemasque on March 10, 2020 at 8:01 am

    I had seen a couple of these, but the rest were new to me. Thank you for sharing!

  30. Bow Hunter on March 10, 2020 at 8:03 am

    Great experienced skills, thanks for sharing.🍻

  31. Edward Lee on March 10, 2020 at 8:05 am

    Your audio is one sec delayed than the video

  32. Vivian Ramsay on March 10, 2020 at 8:05 am

    Caveman, I like ur style!!

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  34. Leni Nelson on March 10, 2020 at 8:07 am

    Remind me I was a kid use wood and rope using the thorn , coconut, banana, to tiet the wood make me enjoy to watch . I love it.🤣🤣🤣🤣 now the new generation don’t know how to survive. Sometimes I happy I growing up poor country because I learn how to survive.

  35. Richard Provost on March 10, 2020 at 8:08 am

    ?????? Build on the go ???? Looks like your building to stay……

  36. matlock12c on March 10, 2020 at 8:09 am

    Just think of the Empire he could build with more than a knife!

  37. Nowakezone Forever on March 10, 2020 at 8:10 am

    This video was a “best of…” video and well worth watching. Great job! I especially liked your use of vines and withies. They are so important. Anyone can chop branches and pile them between sticks to make a wall. But setting up a camp or homestead requires more than just walls. Your video is both informational and inspirational. It makes me think about how I can use natural bindings. Your video makes me better. New subscriber and thanks for the hard work it takes to produce, direct, and edit your videos.

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