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    Hike and yucca use


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    Yucca grows like wildfire in just about every where I've been in Southern California. It is a really useful plant from food source, super strong cordage, soap, and here as a quick needle and thread.

    Scraping the waxy outer coating off the leaves makes the fibers easier to pull apart. This coating also has a lot of saponin in it and makes a lot of soapy lather.


    A little more scraping and pounding with the back of my knife. This is the main reason I like a square spine on a blade. It gets a little firesteel use to, but scraping wood and plants is a lot more common for me.


    Then it can be easily peeled down. I just kept peeling until I had a relatively thin strand still attached to the point. These suckers are crazy needle sharp too!


    I whittled down a little bit to thin out the "needle" portion. If your careful, you could easily use this to sew a button back on and this stuff holds like iron.


    I tested it out on heavier material and it worked no problem


    And it's not a hike for me without doing a little rock scrambling
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    great stuff T.. Yucca is an amazing plant.. i have a back quiver from a thick Yucca stock...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnfolk mike View Post
    great stuff T.. Yucca is an amazing plant.. i have a back quiver from a thick Yucca stock...
    I have seen some really amazing quivers that were made by native tribes over a hundred years ago and they are still in good shape. The stalks can also be used as water carriers too. it's really a tough plant with tons of uses!
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    Yucca seems to be very useful material.I wish I had some around these parts to play with.What knife you got there?

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    The knife is one I had made by James Sanders, here is a quick review and more pics from a few months back http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/sh...=james+sanders
    Really handy knife that I use quite a bit
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    Good pics & info, thanks. Have a bunch of it in my yard that I'm always chopping back...guess I'll have to reconsider the value.

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    really neat plant, I wish it grew here in the Wet Coast of BC.

    great pics. Like the scramble.

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    we have yucca here but it's not native!!!!

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    Some of those yucca plants have incredibly sharp needles, definitely sharper than the sewing needles you can buy. A very useful plant.
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