10 Survival Uses for a Wooden Pencil

Being someone who enjoys writing, I always have writing utensils on me, which is what got me thinking about this topic. But even if you do not enjoy writing, every survival kit should have some stationary in it. 

Uses for a Wood Pencil

This might seem like a silly topic at first but a simple pencil can have several surprising uses. Being able to think outside of the box and use items in atypical ways will be an ability that serves you well in any survival situation. So let’s go ahead and jump right into the list.

1. Fire Tinder

It may not supply a large amount of tinder but in a pinch, a pencil will be a dry source of tinder that could help in getting a fire going. 

2. Mini Fishing Pole 

If you forgot to pack your fishing pole and you don’t want to spend the time making one, do not fret. Try a little hand fishing by wrapping fishing line around a pencil and using it “reel” the big one in!

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3. Gorge Hook

A gorge hook is a primitive hook that is simply a straight piece of bone or wood that is sharpened on both ends. By tying a line to the middle of the hook, it can be used as an effective fishing tool. 

4. Store Hooks

Sometimes finding a place to store fishing hooks or sewing needles can be a bit of a pain. Try sticking them in the rubber end of the eraser as a safe place for those sharp ends. 

5. A Ruler

There are times when a measuring device can be very handy to have while making projects or when navigating. But most people don’t think about packing a ruler with their gear. Having a few premeasured marks along a pencil is a simple and easy way of carrying a ruler on you. 

6. Awl 

Need a new notch in your belt? Need a to make a hole in your tarp, a nylon strap, or some other material? A sharpened pencil can make an effective awl. 

7. Large Sewing Needle 

There are some projects where a normal-sized sewing needle just won’t cut it. Tie a piece of cordage to the end of a pencil and use it as a large “needle” for net making, net repair, or any other task where you need to pass larger cordage through tight spaces. 

8. Share the Wealth

If you are not alone but part of a group, maybe someone else requires a writing utensil. Cut the pencil in half, sharpen the ends, and what was once one pencil is now two. 

9. Keep it Moving 

The writing portion of a pencil is made from graphite. Graphite can be used as a dry lubricant to keep zippers and other moving parts unstuck and working properly. 

10. A Weapon

As a last-ditch option, when you are backed into a corner, a sharpened pencil can be used as a penetrating weapon. 


Wrapping Up

Well, there you have it, ten different uses for this ordinary item. Remember to keep your eyes open and to change your perspective every so often. The next time you pack a wood pencil into your bag you will know that it is not just for writing.



Bryan Lynch
Written by Bryan Lynch

Bryan grew up in the Midwest and spent every waking moment outdoors. Learning how to hunt, fish, read the land and be self-reliant was part of everyday life. Eventually he combined his passions for the outdoors, emergency preparedness, and writing. His goal was to spread positive information about this field. Recently, Bryan authored the book Swiss Army Knife Camping and Outdoor Survival Guide. Read more of Bryan's articles.

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