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Team Leader How-To

02.04.2010 / By SOG Marketing / In SOG User, How to

Here is a great how-to article written by Brian Griffin about making some improvised canteens and such using the Team Leader and some bamboo.

Improvised In the Field Water Purification and Storage

Text and Photos by Brian Griffin

To me the SOG Team Leader Survivor is one of the best knives to come along in a very long time. It combines a great blade shape, wonderful edge geometry, and a fantastic fully functional saw all in one light-weight but stout little package. Recently I have been doing a lot of work with this knife using bamboo. This is a material for which the Team Leader Survivor is a natural choice. Using this one knife I was able to make an improvised canteen as well as a pot and hanger system for boiling liquids all from bamboo with a minimum of exertion and energy expense.

The canteen

In order to make a quick, improvised canteen or canister I just picked a large stalk of bamboo and using the saw spine cut off a complete cell that closed at both ends from the larger end of the stalk.


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Then using the tip of the knife I opened one end of the cell and cleaned out the opening.



For the cap I cut a three inch section from the smaller end of the stalk.


The cap actually resembles a cup with a cell divider in a joint serving as a bottom, and in fact it can be used as a cup.

Tie some cordage such as parachute cord or twine made of natural fibers around one end and you can sling the canteen on or across your shoulders for travel or hand on a branch in camp.


The Pot and Hanger

For the boiling pot the first thing I did was to pick out the largest diameter piece available and cut it to a length of one full cell, closed at one end but open at the other.


The very aggressive, non-directional saw made very quick work of this part of the task; this piece will be the boiling pot.

Then using the saw again I made two parallel cuts, about an inch apart, across the grain just below the rim of the open end.  Using the tip of the blade I connected the cuts at each end creating a square hole, and then I rotated the bamboo 180 degrees and repeated the same steps.


Next I cut a section of bamboo stalk a little less than an inch in diameter and roughly three feet long and passed it through the square holes in the pot.


This will be the support that holds the pot above the flames. Next I cut a couple of bamboo stalks to use for up-rights trimming off all but the bases of one set of limbs at the narrow end. These limbs form the "Y" to rest the support on.

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I made the stalks a little taller than the pot and then once I had the fire going I just pushed them into the ground further to adjust the distance between the pot and the fire. Within twenty minutes I had the water boiling.

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  • Sog Knives - 03 . 04 . 2010

    Great survival article! The Team Leader packs a lot of functionality into a single blade.

  • จำนอง - 01 . 07 . 2016

    I'd like to find out more? I'd care to find out more details.