The safety pin has been around since 1849! General Custer used safety pins to hold his buckskins together and kept one attached to his hat. His hat pin was perfect to remove splinters and cactus spines. The classic safety pin has many uses for fishing and outdoors first aid.
Keep a safety pin attached to your vest or gear bag to help pick out tangles in your line.
If your tip top or guides break, tape on a modified pin to make a temporary fix.
A sharp pin is perfect to open painted jig eyes.
You can thread and hold a minnow onto a long shank hook using a safety pin.
The pins work well as an emergency fish hook attached to your line.
Keep hooks, swivels, and other accessories organized by threading them onto a safety pin.
Sterilize the pin with a match to;
Pick off ticks
Pop blisters or blood blisters
Remove splinters or spines
Assemble and secure bandages
Stitch large cuts together.
Make sure to keep a variety of different sized safety pins attached to your gear or clothing for emergencies. If the pin is in your hat, it can also serve as place to secure a feather or decoration.
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