Razor Blades in a Survival / Field First Aid Kit

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  1. Wook

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    Since I switched over to a traditional safety razor I've always had a few cartons of razor blades lying around the bathroom. They are a remarkable invention. Cheaply made and mass produced, yet incredibly sharp.

    I've been mulling over adding a few to my survival kit or field first aid kit since they seem like they should be incredibly useful items. When they are still in their packaging they should also be sterile.

    Good idea or bad idea? Anyone else done this?
     
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    I carry a couple of scaples in my 1st aid kit
     
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    I usually carry a couple of razor blades in my kit, they take up virtually no space and weigh next to nothing.
     
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    I carry a army small surgical kit in my pack just in case. Just make sure they dont rust I would put one of those moisture absorber packs that come with some food items in with them to prevent rust. But I believe it is a great idea.
     
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    All kinds of uses in the bush. I've gutted a deer with one in a pinch. Split a green stick & lash one in for a small makeshift knife. And like mentioned very light.
     
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    I've got a few knocking around too but the double edge has alwas put me off using them for much, plus they're very thin. I suppose they might work for skinning a rabbit or something but they're awkward things to use for anything other than shaving!

    You can get single-edge razor blades, which alleviate many of the problems.
     
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    I also have scalpels in my first aid kit.
     
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    blades

    hey wook i carry afew SINGLE edge prep blades in my PSK as a last ditch cutting tool...i also carry afew in my first aid kits for the above reasons and shave hair around a wound in prep to place butterfly wound closers...i would advise to only use SINGLE edge blades in your kits,double edge blades can be very tricky to use and add to more cuts and grief in a survival situation...vince g. 11b inf..
     
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    i keep one of those exacto knife kits for emergencies,because of the different blade styles.
     
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    They are very usefull, i have even herd of people throwing them like knives.
     
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    Razor blades sewn into the brim of a sailor's cap, swung by the ribbons in a fight - good Royal Navy improvised weapon.
     
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    Prisoners have been making shanks of razor blades since their invention, so I guess they would work in a PSK. I like the little folding razors as shown above, probably safer to use than a single edge blade.
     

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