by Jim Long | PREPPINGANDSURVIVING.BLOGSPOT.COM | June 9, 2015
One of the greatest tools ever invented for survival is a pair of fence pliers. This tool was designed by a cowboy for a cowboy.
Fairly lightweight, yet strong, these pliers incorporate a lot of uses in a little tool. There is a hammer, a staple puller, pliers, pry bar, cutters, etc. There are many “invented” uses for these. Let me explain.
I use the pliers exclusively as my dutch oven tool. You can remove entire dutch ovens or open lids with these without fear of dropping them due to unstable loads inside or the lid slipping off your lifter and falling in the dirt. The pliers hold these secure.
I have removed tough lids that were frozen on bottles with these pliers. On a 4WD trip one of my cronies tore a brake line in half. We clamped the line closed with the pliers and electrical taped the handle closed. Then we taped it to a trailing arm. By adding fluid and bleeding the 3 remaining brakes, my friend was able to limp back to Fresno 60 miles away.
I have used it to tighten leaking hoses to faucets, hold a nut while tightening a bolt, stripping wires to reconnect them and tape them, even cracking walnuts.
One of the most interesting uses I have had was in self defense. I was working on a fence one time during the 80’s when I was attacked by a pit bull from the neighboring property. The hook end pry tool is extremely sharp and as the dog attacked, I embedded the hook end into the dog’s skull, killing him.
The reason I tell this part is with the restrictive laws on what you can and cannot carry for self defense, especially for ladies, this is a great tool. Pulled over and searched or having already used these in self defense against another human all one has to say is “My husband left those in the car and I just grabbed them when attacked”. If your assailant is close enough for you to strike, there can be no argument of fearing for your life.