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Hike and yucca use

Discussion in 'Wilderness & Survival Skills' started by tknife, Feb 8, 2011.

  1. tknife

    tknife Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 18, 1999
    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.
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    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.
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    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!
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    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.
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    I tested it out on heavier material and it worked no problem
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    And it's not a hike for me without doing a little rock scrambling :D
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  2. WILLIAM.M

    WILLIAM.M Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 14, 2006
    Always look forward to your posts and photos
     
  3. mtnfolk mike

    mtnfolk mike

    Mar 21, 2006
    great stuff T..:thumbup: Yucca is an amazing plant.. i have a back quiver from a thick Yucca stock...:)
     
  4. tknife

    tknife Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 18, 1999
    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! :thumbup:
     
  5. New Blades

    New Blades

    136
    Apr 26, 2007
    Yucca seems to be very useful material.I wish I had some around these parts to play with.What knife you got there?
     
  6. tknife

    tknife Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 18, 1999
  7. JCavSD

    JCavSD

    Jun 27, 2007
    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.
     
  8. Bushman5

    Bushman5

    Oct 31, 2007
    really neat plant, I wish it grew here in the Wet Coast of BC.

    great pics. Like the scramble.
     
  9. ratamahatta

    ratamahatta Banned BANNED

    Aug 6, 2008
    we have yucca here but it's not native!!!!
     
  10. lambertiana

    lambertiana Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 7, 2000
    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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