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If SHTF and the world went to pot, having skills will definitely help you out in the world of barter and survival. Blacksmithing is one of the oldest still used skill s there is and it’s sad to say that not many of us actually know how to do it.
All you need is a forge (tutorial in the link below) a hammer and something flat and heavy to hammer your metal. The tutorial over at popular-mechanics shows you how to build a forge from items you may have laying around or could easily find on Craigslist for cheap.
They also show you how to fire the coal and have some basic metal skills you will need to know like bending, twisting, upsetting, flattening and choosing the right steel.
Remember this will be a very valuable skill to know for a barter trade world because with blacksmithing knowledge you could make weapons and fix metal for people that may have food and water.
Bonus: How to Make Pemmican, the Original Survival Food
Invented by the natives of North America pemmican was used by Indian scouts as well as early western explorers.
Native Americans spent a great deal of time on the go and depended on having portable, high-energy, highly nutritious, and filling foods that would last for long periods of time without refrigeration.
Pemmican is a portable, long-lasting, high-energy food. It's made of lean, dried meat that's crushed into powder and mixed with hot, rendered fat. This makes it one of the ultimate foods to have stockpiled for when SHTF or disaster strikes.
People really should avert their gaze from the modern survival thinking for just a bit and also look at how folks 150 years ago did it.
These guys were the last generation to practice basic things, for a living, that we call "survival skills" now.