Three Things to Consider Before Buying Super Glue

Cyanoacrylate glue is one of the toughest bonding agents in the world and you can use it for just about anything.

Though it goes by many commercial names, the fast-drying adhesive almost universally referred to as “Super Glue” (which is also a brand name) is usually some formulation of the chemical compound cyanoacrylate. Originally, cyanoacrylate was a byproduct of the U.S. military’s quest for a substance that could be used in the manufacture of clear plastic gun sights during World War II. But it eventually became better known as the household adhesive that instantly bonds, wood, leather, plastic, ceramic and, occasionally, fingers. Here are a few reasons to always keep a tube handy in the field or at camp.

Hunting Uses

You can keep a small tube of glue anywhere you might need to make a quick fix. Gorilla

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Pop off an arrow nock or dislodge a fletching vane at camp? No problem. Keep a tube of cyanoacrylate glue in your backpack or hunt kit and you will always have a way to make emergency repairs in the field.

Fishing Uses

Super glue is ideal for repair on the water. Super Glue

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Super glue can be used for temporary repair of a rod tip or loose guide. It’s not a permanent solution, but it will get you back in the bite. Some also apply a dab of super glue to the front end of a jig-head shank to keep soft plastics in place when fish are striking short.

Wound Care

In a pinch, you can use cyanoacrylate glue for emergency medical sutures. Loctite

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Cyanoacrylate formulations have been used by military personnel for emergency wound closures since World War II. While it is not an optimal solution, a dab of super glue on paper cuts, filet-knife slices, and other minor lacerations can stop bleeding and waterproof the wound until proper care is available.