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The distinction between a wilderness survival situation and an urban survival situation is important. In one instance you are going to have access to lots of resources and materials.
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In the wild, a simple cutting tool may be the difference between your life and death. It could be the difference between shelter and dying from exposure. It could mean the difference between having something to defend yourself with or being vulnerable to animal attacks.
This method of creating a stone cutting tool is also inherent to our species. We have used stones to climb the rungs and dominate the world. Stone knives can be made with relative ease. Though they are just one example of a primitive survival tool.
The atlatl was designed to be fire a spear further and with more accuracy at a greater distance. This weapon changed hunting for us. After we could kill from further away we could risk-taking more dangerous prey. The atlatl was an example of our understanding of simple machines at a very early time in our history.
A wooden mallet is a great wilderness tool. It’s also a great weapon if you are without anything else. The club or wooden mallet can go a long way in a primitive survival situation. Sourcing the right wood and trimming it right can make a huge difference in how this tool works.
If you understand the principles of making a stone knife you can certainly find your way to making a hatchet. Much like making a knife you are going to need a strong handle, a sharp hard rock and some means of attaching the two.
Your understanding of primitive weapons should not be the highest skill on your list, however, knowing about them can help you in certain situations. It’s also a lot of fun to try and recreate these things.