Last week we had the worst weather ever in many years, over here in North France. Heavy showers, thunder & lightning, heavy wind, total apocalypse.
Water levels rose rapidly when I was on my way home, and all of a sudden I saw much too late that the road was blocked by a blown away willow. The road was covered by almost 30cm water and when I started to drive backwards I saw the driver behind me, trying to do his best to get his car started. Small car, soaked engine - I've got a small van, my engine could support even 30cm more but the water was really rising rapidly.
Moving the tree manually wasn't an option, the only way out was to cut it apart & force the passage.
But, the only tools I got in my van were metalworking tools. There was no saw, no axe or machete. Only hammers, drills, welders, grinders etc.
And my Hultafors survival knife. Always have that on you, or near you - it's not a survival knife for nothing.
So I grabbed a hammer, some duct tape & my knife and married them together in a kind of neo-apocalyptic zombiekiller.
I asked the other driver to attach his car to my van while I attacked that tree with my new tool.
I don't know if it was because the tool on itself was just great, or because I was soaked by adrenalin, but after 15 minutes the road was free and we managed to get out of the sink.
Thank you, Hultafors & hammer. And duct tape.
Urban survival. I didn't see that coming.
I won't learn you how to fix a hammer to a knife with tape, in this I'ble, but I will show you how to upgrade your knife into a real hacking beast.
This project can be resumed in 'hacking a hammer', in fact - in this case a cheap 'Magnusson' carpenters hammer, whatever.
Cut off the tip & make a groove in what's left of it. Angle grinder, you need it.
This groove will block the blade and keep it straight. Without works, but the blade will likely move sidewards and all you risk is demolishing your knife.
Width: at least the same as the thickness of your knife.
Depth: 10mm is okay.
Grind the edges & you're done.
5 minutes. Easy & brutal.