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Picture of mini pencil for survival kit
Finding a good, small pencil for a survival kit can be a challenge. Here's one that's easy to make and results in a very small pencil. Ideal for any pocket size survival kit.
 
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Step 1: Materials

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You will need one refill lead for a mechanical pencil that takes a relatively thick lead (the one in the image is for a 3mm Pilot Croquis pencil - the refills come in tubes of two). I picked the B grade as its not too soft but will write on most surfaces. You will also need a piece of heat shrink tubing slightly bigger than the 3mm lead. The tube here shrinks from about 5mm to 2.5mm.

Step 2: Tools

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To make the pencil you will need a few simple tools: scissors to cut the tubing, lighter (or other heat source) to shrink the tubing, craft knife to trim the tubing.

Step 3: Step 1 - cut to fit

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Cut the heat shrink tubing to slightly longer than the pencil lead.

Step 4: Step 2 - insert & shrink

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Insert the lead into the tubing and shrink using the lighter. You can leave it like this or trim the ends of the tubing (next step).

Step 5: Final step - trim

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Trim the tubing to fit and expose the pencil tip. I marked one here with white tape to make it easier to see in the dark. The final pencil is 4x60mm - it will fit inside even the smallest survival kit. A sharp blade (which MUST be in any survival kit) can be used to keep the tip exposed and sharp. The tubing also keeps the lead in one piece should you accidently drop it.
 
Coloured or luminous heat shrink tubing would help make it more visible (here are some).

Master Wasi5 months ago

What a lighter.Very cool lighter

Oh not kool

Hey baby it's not a survival kit. It's a pencil to put in a survival kit. A small pencil. Understand baby.

d1ndian2 years ago
i have a better idea about a survival pencil that can last as long as you live, although heat is its weakness, and yea you dont really need to sharpen it since its a strong material.

PS= its better not to eat it as it posses health risk. M gonna post it later once i have materials.
Go to any Staples, Office Depot or similar office supplies store and buy a box of golf pencils. I just bought a box of 144 for $9 (CDN) = 6 cents each.