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Safety First: Attacked by an RTAK II: Gore Warning

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by Sam Cade, Sep 8, 2013.

  1. Sam Cade

    Sam Cade Member

    Just home from the ER.

    Submitted for discussion.:


    Yup. That is my knee. Cutting through a 3" stink-wood sapling with a freshly honed, lightly modified, very sharp RTAK II.

    Standing on a steep bank and got a bit sloppy with body position. D'oh!!

    Wacked through the sapling and into my knee. Very, very gnarly.

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  2. highorder

    highorder Well-Known Member

    Any tendon or ligament damage?
  3. Sam Cade

    Sam Cade Member

    Nope. Just meat.
    A lot of meat.

    But it could have been much much worse.
  4. JohnKSa

    JohnKSa Well-Known Member

    That's probably worth getting some professional attention.

    Deep wounds near joints can get complicated.
  5. JShirley

    JShirley Administrator Staff Member

    Oh. Darn, brother.


    Ow. Glad it was no worse. And I would feel guilty, but you have so many bladed instruments of destruction, I guess I shouldn't.

  6. Texan Scott

    Texan Scott Well-Known Member

    I think what JShirley meant was:


    Heal quickly and well, Sam. :(
  7. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    Well, yes, yes it could. Good thing the sapling wasn't further up the bank. :evil:

    So, how many stitches?
  8. stressed

    stressed Well-Known Member

    Pretty clean, you'll be fine.
  9. Sam Cade

    Sam Cade Member

    6 mattress stitches so it would have been 12-14 simple ones.

    I had that thought :what:

    On the upside, my nurse was a smokin' hot, rangy redhead who complimented the musculature of my legs and asked if I was a runner.
    I'm not, unless chasing a coonhound counts.:cool:

    I got an ice cream cone and an purty gal laid her hand on my inner thigh. Sure, her other hand was vigorously scrubbing an open laceration, but still, totally worth it.

    On a related note, knocking off the grip hump and most of the bare "pommel" on an RTAK II goes a long way toward making it into a more efficient cutter just through weight redistribution. MUCH more efficient. :banghead:

    If anyone is looking for an interesting read, this is the same knife that John used in this excellent Tomahawk article from Shooting Reviews.


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    Last edited: Sep 9, 2013
  10. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    That's called "bedside manner" there Lefty.
  11. zhyla

    zhyla Well-Known Member

    Sam, if you can't keep from hurting yourself we're going to have to take all your knives away. Which will require a very large pickup truck I'm sure.

    I hope the initial scream was manly.
  12. 50 Shooter

    50 Shooter member

    Well you know what they say, women love scars! You already have a redhead interested...
  13. stressed

    stressed Well-Known Member

    Really? I've been told I'm a monster. Hmm. :confused:

    Wooo Sam Cade.
  14. Mp7

    Mp7 Well-Known Member


    sometimes i think we are hurting ourselves
    to generate content for the interwebz. :D

    get well soon.
  15. Deltaboy

    Deltaboy Well-Known Member

    Prayers sent for you Sam. At least you got proper medical care.
  16. Sam1911

    Sam1911 Moderator

    Geez, man. That's gonna leave a mark! Probably wise to get the stitches.

    Heal up fast! :)
  17. Sam Cade

    Sam Cade Member

    The morning after, and I am so stiff I can hardly move. Something of an inconvenience.

    This same injury had it occurred more than a few hours away from hospital care could have been very serious.

    As it was, I never managed to get the bleeding completely stopped despite a pressure bandage. I had picked up a CAT out of my bag on the way out the door and I was fixing to drop my pants and apply the damn thing in the ER when I finally got called back.

    Thanks for all the positive thoughts folks!
  18. Sam Cade

    Sam Cade Member

    I tried to get the doc to stitch it in such a manner so I would have a handy change purse on my knee.

    No dice he said. ;)
  19. Sam1911

    Sam1911 Moderator

    Oh, ouch. Having played with them a bit, I don't relish the idea of applying a CAT to myself. As the guy instructing told us, the guy's going to be screaming, probably more from the tourniquet than the wound.
  20. Mp7

    Mp7 Well-Known Member

    Sam Cade

    inventor of the ccw-knee-pouch-holster :evil:

    (couldnt resist ...)

    And don't be the guy who brings a knee to a knifefight.
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2013

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