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Uses for ranger bands.

Discussion in 'ESEE KNIVES' started by Birdkiller, Apr 21, 2010.

  1. Birdkiller


    Feb 5, 2010
    Ok I'm kinda new to the whole ranger bands thing, I under stand it's
    bike tubes. But what are the uses?

    Pics would be appreciated thanks.
  2. adaman04


    Jun 9, 2009
    Basically anything you could use a strong rubber band for.

    Attaching fire steels to sheaths, keeping tin kits closed, etc.

    Guys used them as “make-do” mounts for attaching a flashlight to the standard handguards of the M16. The uses are nearly endless.
  3. 1066vik

    1066vik Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 28, 2009
    what Adam said as well as wrapping around a knife/ax handle for extra grip in wet conditions.
  4. adaman04


    Jun 9, 2009
    They will also burn quite well if need be for getting a fire started. Find some fat wood and cut it in to sticks while you’re out in the woods, ranger band it all together.

    My dad made a neck kit out of his Izula. He cut a ranger band about 3” wide and put it over the sheath of his Izula. Inside is a firesteel, PJ cotton ball and a micro light. Keeps it all there and somewhat out of the weather.

    For those that don't know, bike inner tubes have a powder inside them. I generally cut mine to whatever size band I want, turn them inside out, then wash them under the sink to get that crap off of them. Then once they’re on the sheath or whatever, wipe them down with CLP or something to shine/clean them up.
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2010
  5. texastonydobbs


    May 25, 2007
    I use them for PSK to help stay closed if dropped,fire starter ,holding things in place ETC.
    helps hold fishing kit closed and to keep folding razor blade close by

    PSK closed

    another PSK

    keeping tinder tabs close by

    hold light in place
    keep striker w/Firekit

  6. Doc13


    Apr 10, 2010
    Yet another great idea I can take from the ESEE forum:cool: YOu guys and gals are the best:thumbup:
  7. Murphyslaw


    Aug 13, 2008
    Other uses:

    I wrap one around Zippos to slow down evaporation of lighter fluid.

    I also use one on the tip of my finger to stop the female side/nut from spinning when I'm tightening or loosening the screws on an ESEE sheath/Tec Loc, etc.

    I have also used them with hose-clamps for temporary hose patches.

    While I cut the inner tubes for bands, I like to keep a longer piece available, to be used as bungee cords, bands for a field expedient sling-shot or Hawaiin Sling.
  8. JV3


    Mar 17, 2010
    not sure what bike tubes are made of but ranger bands are made of epdm rubber (epdm on wikipedia). epdm is much more weather resistant and won't dry out, crack and snap unlike regular rubber bands.
  9. Necrodamus


    May 4, 2009
    Hey Tony I have questions!
    Whats the Victorinox thing in the photo with the 6 and firestarter?
    Whats the knife strapped to the firestarter in the later photos?
    Who made the Bic Kydex sheath?

    Cool stuff man, very cool stuff! :thumbup:
  10. texastonydobbs


    May 25, 2007
    Thanks Bro :D
  11. berandom


    Jan 11, 2010
    Where does everyone here buy their ranger bands from? And TTD, is that Buck knife used for anything more than a flint striker?:D
  12. texastonydobbs


    May 25, 2007
    I go to hardware store or wal mart and buy bicycle tubes :D
    to me that buck is to thin & to small for anything else but a firesteel striker....pretty sharp edge and I like S30v but the geometry of the knife overal is to small and to little to do anything good but strike Ferro rods :thumbup:
  13. berandom


    Jan 11, 2010
    Dang! I was hopin' to find out about a super top secret company producing these amazing things talked about everywhere. ;)

    I have not like BUCK's heat treat to much on some of their knives. Is the hartsook harder to sharpen than any other S30V?

  14. Joben


    May 22, 2009
    like adaman04 mentioned I have some on neck knives.
    One holds a photon microlight on the CRKT Minimalist i EDC.
    another holds a very small fire kit and similar light on my Izula.

    a thin strip of ranger band around my altoids tin PSK keeps it closed and water resistant.
  15. texastonydobbs


    May 25, 2007
    since I abuse the Hartsook and it sole purpose in life in my hands is a ferro striker ,I have never laid a stone to the edge... so not to sure ,I doubt it though... :)
  16. texastonydobbs


    May 25, 2007
    you can also cut the same size as sheath ,and slip over sheath & place items like a small ferro rod & tinder tabs or what not and roll tubing down to create a rain proof cradle for items,roll facing up.
  17. chewbacca


    Mar 17, 2007
    I just go to the local bicycle shop, and do a little dumpster diving. You can find a variety of sizes, ranging from bigger ones used on mountain bikes to smaller ones for touring bikes. Plus you are recycling which is a good thing. You can also use the rubber bands that come on broccoli and cauliflower. Eat healthy and you get free Ranger Bands.
  18. adaman04


    Jun 9, 2009
    I am the owner and operator of Adam's Tactical Ninja Bands. They are $15 for a pack of 6. Order 3 or more packs and I will include free shipping to the CONUS. :D PM me for my paypal address.

    As mentioned, if you do have a bike shop nearby, ask them if they have any flat tubes you can have. Otherwise I think one will cost you about $3 at the big box stores.
  19. berandom


    Jan 11, 2010
    Screw the bike tires, I'm going with these!!:thumbup:
  20. theedge13


    Feb 11, 2008
    I made a bushpipe and used a ranger band to keep the tobacco in after i smoked a little bit. kind like a cover...

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