SHTF Survival: A Person Is Only As Good As Their Tools

 In my quest for efficiency, a dear friend reminded me how important it was to have good, quality tools.  “With the right tools,” he said, “a person can finish the job in half the time it would take with average tools.”  That statement really got me thinking how important it is to have quality tools in a SHTF situation.

Good, quality tools are a sound investment that can last a lifetime if properly cared for.  However, they do come at a price.  Yes, a person can save a few bucks here and there on cheaper supplies, but the price could come at a cost.  It could be an indicator of the lack of craftsmanship or sub par quality of the tool.  In my opinion, in a dire situation, our tools are just as much part of our life line as our food and water.

Tools for a SHTF can be used to help chop firewood, build a shelter, fix fencing, cut back terrain and maintaining gardens.  Many can find good tools at their hardware stores or local home and garden centers.  Some preppers who are looking for Amish crafted tools can look at these websites Lehman’s, or Cottage Craftworks to find what they need.

  • Bolt cutters
  • Sledge hammer
  • Crowbar
  • Hammer
  • Multi tool
  • Knife
  • Axe with a sharpening device
  • Wedge to help in cutting firewood
  • Hand saw with extra blades
  • Machete
  • Fencing pliers
  • Wood saw
  • Paracord
  • Shovel
  • Cordless drill set
  • Gardening tools
  • Emergency water filtration system with extra filters

One is None, Two is One

Having these  tools on hand will help any person with their day to day chores in a homestead environment.  But remember to have parts such as extra blades, sharpening tools and lubricants such as WD-40 to keep these solid investment items up to par.  If a tools needs extra parts, invest in those when purchasing the tool.

The Prepper's Blueprint

Tess Pennington is the author of The Prepper’s Blueprint, a comprehensive guide that uses real-life scenarios to help you prepare for any disaster. Because a crisis rarely stops with a triggering event the aftermath can spiral, having the capacity to cripple our normal ways of life. The well-rounded, multi-layered approach outlined in the Blueprint helps you make sense of a wide array of preparedness concepts through easily digestible action items and supply lists.

Tess is also the author of the highly rated Prepper’s Cookbook, which helps you to create a plan for stocking, organizing and maintaining a proper emergency food supply and includes over 300 recipes for nutritious, delicious, life-saving meals. 

Visit her web site at for an extensive compilation of free information on preparedness, homesteading, and healthy living.

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Originally published February 10th, 2011
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