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The urban survivor is confront by a huge list of skills and duties that must be accomplished. It would seem that there is no end to what must be stored and what must be learned.
The biggest issue in an urban survival situation is the lack of resources. That said, we should become masters of the resources that will be widely available in tough times. One such resource is going to be metal. We will never run out of metal!
Learning how to blacksmith could be one of the most important skills an urban survivor could learn. Its not as expensive as you might think and could be a powerful survival skill.
When you understand concepts like forge welding, repairs become possible on most things. When you are able to fix metal hinges, crack machines and the like, you enter a new realm of self sufficiency. It takes a lot less than you might thing to fix things. High heat and a hammer can get a lot done.
There might be no better bartering tool than the ability to manipulate raw metal. If you can create a knife or a tool for someone in need you will be able to get most of what you want in a barter situation. Imagine how much influence you could have if you are able to create much of what your community needs.
This is the old story of the blacksmith and can be read in history books.
One of the biggest resources in an urban survival situation will be metal. Think about all the metal. There are whole business built on just driving around and grabbing peoples unwanted metal. They take this metal to recycle centers and are paid for it.
There will be no shortage of metal and if you can manipulate that metal it will make all the difference.