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#20: Pick a lock.
There's no need to call a locksmith if you lost your keys! Here's
how to pick your own lock with a safety pin:
Above, five fishing hacks with a safety pin!

Another thing a safety pin is good for is for
It's great to craft a fishing hook with a safety pin or a paper clip
in a survival situation, but what will you use for the rod, line and
bait? Knowledge weighs nothing! Put your ingenuity and skills to
work for your survival:

  • Rod: Improvise a rod with a tree branch.

  • Line: You can use dental floss as fishing line, but you can
    also use inner paracord, seams of your clothing or tent if you
    can unravel them. You may have packed a small sewing kit
    and this ordinary thread will be weaker than fishing line, but
    well worth the effort in trying.

  • Bait: Worms come to mind, but other things in nature to look
    for are aquatic insects, keep an eye out for grasshoppers and
    crickets too. Remember to use the first fish guts for bait to
    get you larger fish!

#4: Pierce something.
Another practical part about a safety pin is the pointy part. The
pointy end of a safety pin can help you depress and pierce
something, like the part of a BIC lighter to open it so you can
refill it.. If you're the MacGyver type, you can use a safety pin to
get your way out of handcuffs. Good luck with that! There are
practical tips for lockpicking at the bottom of the page.

#5: Craft an arm sling from T-shirt for first aid.
With a safety pin and a little ingenuity, you can craft a sling for
first aid use.
Safety Pin
How to use a safety pin for survival

Survival hacks using a safety pin.
The safety pin is an unassuming bit of metal that has some
surprising survival uses, which is why you'll often find a safety pin
included in small survival kits. Safety pins have many first aid
uses from securing bandages to helping you remove splinters.

It's just a little metal spring mechanism and a clasp that
comprises a safety pin, but this tiny piece of metal can help you
in an emergency. A safety pin may not save a life, but it will save
the day! Below are some hacks for using a safety pin for survival
and convenience...

How to Use a Safety Pin for Survival
Have a safety pin with you in your Every Day Carry! How will you
use a safety pin to survive? Here are ideas to get you thinking
about how to use a safety pin for survival.

It's safe to use a safety pin for survival:

#1: Fasten fabric together.
An obvious use of a safety pin is to fasten fabric together on the
fly, such as for fixing a hem or closing the area of a lost button.
Safety pins are used in quilting, too. Right is a durable all-steel
set of heavy safety pins with nickel finish that hold up to wear
and machine washing.

Back in the day there was a "loincloth pin" or a cloak pin,"
pictured immediate right to secure pieces of fabric. Eventually
pins for the purpose received a "safety" clasp to guard the skin
from being poked and mother's began using them for cloth
Today's cloth diapers use buttons or velcro. Did you know
safety pin ingestion by infants is commonplace?

#2: Get out the gunk.
Use a safety pin as a tool to get out the gunk. Sometimes you
need a pointy end to scrape away:

  • Remove remnants from the garlic press. Use the sharp
    point of safety pin to remove the stuck pieces of garlic from
    the garlic press.

  • Get out the dirt from under your nails. If your nails aren't
    long enough to get at the dirt under your nails, a safety pin
    can help. Sterilize it first with rubbing alcohol or hydrogen
    peroxide in case you accidentally pierce your skin.

  • Create a makeshift toothpick. Get out food that's stuck
    from between your teeth as you would a toothpick. You may
    as well add a safety pin to your dental medic kit.

#3: Create an instant fish hook.
Lots of mini-survival kits include safety pins along with fishing
hooks. When the fishing hooks run out, you can forge more fish
hooks from the safety pins. Be sure to add some fishing wire and
dental floss to your survival kit so you have some easy cordage.

Below are five safety pin pishing hacks:
    1. Split Ring
    2. Fishing Snap
    3. Shallow Screw
    4. Ring Guide
    5. Prawn Fishing Hook

Admittedly, some of these safety pin hacks requires tools, but
you're a prepper and will have some of these tools in your gear:
Medival Cloak Pin
Safety pins
Above, 10 ways to open a can without a can opener ~ they are a bit messy
and unappetizing but they get the job done! It's fun to watch.

Politcal Safety Pins
While some people are wearing safety pins for political reasons*
they do not understand its true value in survival and its place in
history. You see, the same guy who invented the safety pin (to
protect your feelings), Walter Hunt, also invented a patented rifle
(to protect your life)!

Walter Hunt invented the forerunner of the Winchester repeating
rifle on August 21, 1849 when he patented the "combined piston
breech and firing cock repeating gun." credits him
as a "
Yankee Mechanical Genius." He had numerous other
inventions, such as the fountain pen.

Interestingly, Hunt also invented the sewing machine. He didn't
patent the idea for the sewing machine, however, because he
feared seamstresses might loose their occupation!

    *Safety pins in the U.K and America are gaining in
    popularity with Democrats. People in the U.K. began wearing
    safety pins after the British Exit and now some Americans are
    following suit after the elections claiming they are wearing it
    in solidarity of xenophonic abuse. A safety pin is a way of
    showing they are a "safe space" for those who are afraid of
    what the new administration will bring

Xenophobia being fearful of something that's foreign, especially of
strangers or of people from different countries or cultures. Miriam
Webster describes xenophobia as the "
fear or hatred of strangers or

While people are wearing safety pins for political reasons, they
really are underscoring the true value: a safety pin can pull
together something that's broken. It’s important, now more than
ever, for America to stand unified as Americans and not to destroy
the country that we love!

Happy endings...
Safety pins are good to have in an emergency, but you need to
know how to use them. Now you know how to use a safety pin for
survival and the secret is "safe" with you.

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The humble safety pin is among the 37 unusual things to hoard.
(it's #4 on the list).

#21: Open canned food.
It's not easy, but you can open canned foods with a safety pin by
puncturing little holes into the can. Eventually you will pierce a
small strip to force a spoon edge to open. There are many ways to
open a can without a can opener. You'll make a serious of
Above are some improvised medical uses of a safety pin.

#11: Dry your gear.
Think of a safety pin as a clothes pin. Imagine getting
waterlogged while camping outdoors. A safety pin can help secure
your gear inside your tent to hang stuff to dry or to secure
clothing to cordage so that it doesn't blow off into the dirt just
like a clothes pin, only with a more efficient size.

#12: Affix gear to your bugout bag.
A sturdy safety pin is immensely useful for affixing gear to your
bugout bag for easy retrieval.

  • Important note: The trick to securing your gear is to use the
    bottom of the safety pin. The circle at the bottom and not
    the  latch at the top.

#13: Mend a broken shoe lace.
With a safety pin you can improvise an awl for sewing or
threading. Use a safety pin to connect your shoe lace enough so
you can use the longer cordage

#14: Makeshift gaiter.
Close your pant legs with a safety pin to keep out the snow or

#15: Secure bait.
When improvising traps you may need a little help to strategically
place your bait. A well placed safety pin might help you get your
bait positioned properly

#16: Bring your gear together.
For camping a safety pin is ideal to help you repair packs, boots,
pants, tents and tarps. A safety pin can bring your gear together
in a number of ways:

  • Keep mittens together. Never lose a sock or a mitten, you
    can pin pairs together.

  • More importantly, for survival you can use safety pins to
    connect blankets, bags, tarps or clothes to create shelter.

#17: Defend yourself and your stuff.
In times of crisis or in a bad part of town, you need to defend
what's rightfully yours. That's when a safety pin comes in handy
as a theft deterrent.

  • Weapon for defense. A safety pin is a sharp point and, not
    to belabor the point, it can put the hurt on someone to buy
    more time in self defense.

  • Defend your property. Using a safety pin you can add a
    layer of security to your zippered compartments of bags to
    deter theft or at least make pick pocketing more difficult and
    uninviting. Make your pocket or your purse pickpocket proof!

  • Lock the gear on our backpack. The Transporation Security
    Administration (TSA) easily will bust your makeshift lock
    apart, but you can stop would be thieves.

#18: Hang clothes to dry.
If your socks, underwear or other clothing gets wet on a hike, you
may need to secure them together on the outside of your
backpack so the sun and air can dry them. Hopefully you have a
second pair of socks to wear as the others dry.

By night you can continue the drying process inside your tent,
hanging the items inside.

#19 Mend clothing.
A safety pin has infinite uses to help you repair your clothing:
Above, St. John Ambulance of the United Kingdom, the nations leading first
aid charity, demonstrates how to use a safetypin to make a sling.

#6: Improvise tweezers for splinter or tick removal.
Safety kits nearly always include a safety pin because it's
extremely effective for helping to remove a splinter lodged under
the skin. Sometimes you need to poke around the skin to
dislodge the foreign object before using the tweezers to pull it
out. Get rid of splinters, thorns, ticks and insect stingers with a
safety pin when you don't have another method available. Be sure
to sterilize the pin the best you can with some rubbing alcohol or
hydrogen peroxide.

#7: Secure a cloth bandage.
Another first aid use of a safety pin is to make a bandage made
of cloth. Securing a
bandanna to make a bandage and compress
bleeding is a great reason to include a safety pin in your
emergency preparations, but there are many more ideas making it
worthy for your first aid kit.

#8: Make a finger splint.
A safety pin can provide the proper length of a rigid straight edge
with which to craft a makeshift finger split.

#9: Irrigate a wound precisely.
With a safety pin you can prick a hole in a plastic bag enabling
you to improvise a method of wound irrigation using your drinking
water to carefully clean a wound precisely and without wasting
too much of your precious water source.

#10: Close wounds.
In extreme medical emergencies where no doctor is available you
can use a safety pin like a skin stapler to close wounds. It's a
quick fix in place of stitches. Employ it in much the same way as
butterfly bandage to bring the edges of the wound together.

Another way to close wounds with a safety pin is to improvise a
suture. Stitch them! Of course this requires that you first craft a
needle and find some floss or fishing line to stitch and this won't
be hygienic, but at least you won't die from blood loss. While
you're thinking of it, why not get some sutures and make them
part of your kit so you don't have to improvise?

Lance a wound? There are many survival medical uses of a safety
pin outlined in the video below:
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