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I was data mining on the net the other day, and found these designs for survival arrowhead cards:
These useful little cards are credit card-sized pieces of stainless steel which have arrowhead shapes cut into them, made using a computer-controlled laser cutter, or high-pressure water cutter. There is one tiny bit of metal left, connecting each arrowhead to the card, and you just flex or snap them loose, when needed. (Got to get me some!)
There are several different designs already on the market, and more are still under development.
This version has a saw on one side, and a knife blade on the other, intended to be used for cutting, slotting, nocking, and scraping sticks, to make improvised arrow shafts in the field (in case you don’t have any other tools with you).
You can also find arrowhead dog tags, which have one or two arrowheads, and both a saw edge, and a knife edge.
This card has longer arrowheads, cut down the long side of the card.
Seeing these gives me a similar idea, for a series of new survival knives:
You can make cutouts in knife blades without significantly reducing blade strength, if you don’t remove too much material, like in these sketches. (There are plenty of knives for sale that have cutouts, but most are just decorative.)
My idea is to make the same types of attached arrowhead-shaped cuts, in the blades of large chopping knives.
This would work with machetes, bolos, khukris, and any other wide-bladed survival knife.
The attached cutouts could be arrowhead shapes, larger spearhead shapes, or tiny knife shapes.
An example might look something like this:
The same idea could be used with any camp hatchet that is made from one piece of steel, like these:
This hatchet already has a cutout, that could easily be changed to an attached arrow point, or small knife shape, and more could be added in the hatchet head area (as long as enough material is left to keep the tool strong).
Here is another good candidate, for adding some attached cutouts. So hopefully someone will take this idea and run with it. I know that I would buy a few of these knives and hatchets, if they were for sale. (Meanwhile I will fabricate a few of my own handmade prototypes, just for fun!)