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8/4/14

Outside the Box: The Safety Pin


Creative problem solving with limited resources. Finding uncommon uses for common items. A useful exercise and valuable knowledge.

Take the humble safety pin. What unconventional purposes can it be used for?

Let's see what the tribe can come up with.

12 comments :

  1. Unwilling the pin and shape it in to a ring with the nedle pointed out. Make shif Spike ring....aim for the eyes and run. Add hot sauce for effect

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  2. That would certainly ruin someone's day!

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  3. Unless TV and movies has lied to me it can be used to instantly pick any lock known to man in about 2 seconds.

    Other uses: finger nail cleaning, tooth pick, fish hook (Dave Canterbury has quite a few videos on this), frog gig (again, see Dave Canterbury), an awl, to pop a blister, use to conceal something to clothing (like a real handcuff key to the inside of the waistband), as a pick to clean out the port of a flintlock firearm, AND you can use it as a torture device by sticking it underneath your prisoners finger nails (see Sayid from Lost).

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  4. Not a use, but a helpful hint. I safety pin all of my socks together. It keeps them together in the washing machine, and I always have a safety pin on me (unless I'm wearing flip flops, I guess).

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  5. Keeps paired items (gloves, socks, etc.) close to one another and can fasten them to a fabric spot for easy retrieval. Fasten split shot lead fishing sinkers to aid aim when using as a grappling hook (I used this to fish an item out of a car door cavity).

    I googled possible uses - Wow!

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  6. Slightly OT, but I've found that 'jumbo' paperclips are a must-have. They can be carried anywhere in your bag, inside or out, and there are countless times a small piece of metal wire would come in handy.

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  7. An unconventional use these days would be the thing they were designed for: pinning a diaper on a baby !!

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    1. You can also use them to hold a bunch of washers or O-rings, etc together instead of throwing them in a bucket or other container loose. Slip a quantity of safety pins onto a single safety pin by slipping the loop in the spring portion over the pin of the one (like a safety pin keychain) Oh yeah, keys! The possibilities are almost endless.

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  8. A few more:
    - Use to help immobilize a broken arm
    - General gear/clothing repair
    - Dig out splinters

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  9. Hold open stomach wound closed (saw a guy come in the E.R. like that)

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  10. Safety pins are great for repairing flip flops if they break while at the beach. The bit of broken "thong" is shoved through the bottom of the flop, and then a safety pin is stuck through it. This will hold it together until you get back home.

    Also great for removing Sim cards.

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  11. You can make quick electrical connections with safety pins, especially using 12v wiring and various auto bulb sockets.

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