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Has your Knife ever saved your bacon?

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by Barry the Bear, Mar 19, 2017.

  1. Barry the Bear

    Barry the Bear Member

    Oct 14, 2012
    The Yellow Rose of Texas
    As the title said, have you ever been in a situation where your knife saved your life, or at least helped you out in a stressful situation? I have two , one I shared the one about the truck rollover where I had to cut my seat belt off with my Kershaw Blackout, The next one was during hunting where I was rushed by a fairly large feral hog, I was dropped to my feet and pulled out my Buck 110 and he literally "bled like a stuck pig".
  2. Enfielder

    Enfielder Member

    Nov 15, 2010
    Finger Lakes, Ny
    I was being stupid back in my 20's and "rock climbing" in Pa. In the winter. With ice. I was pretty high up and standing on a ledge with another ledge transition in front of me at face height that I needed to get on top of that happened to be covered in soft ice/hard snow. I pulled out my Air Force pilots knife and sunk it in to the ice for a hand hold and pulled myself up to my knees. I puckered afterwards and never did it again. It would have been a long carry out had I fallen.
  3. Speedo66

    Speedo66 Member

    May 31, 2008
    No, but I have cut bacon with my pocket knife. Wait, does opening a wine bottle in the outdoors to share with a beautiful woman count?
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  4. Armored farmer

    Armored farmer Member

    Mar 28, 2010
    South Eastern Illinois
    I would think so. I carry a SAK, just in case of emergencies like that.
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  5. Browning

    Browning Member

    Mar 21, 2007
    DFW - TX
    Yes, in 1991 I held off 5 Monrovia Nuevo Varrio gangbangers who jumped me with a knife that my dad gave me before he passed away.

    With me warning them off and not allowing them to encircle me no one wanted to be the first to rush me.

    If was a liner lock folding knife and was the sort of knife you gave to a teenager with the expectation that they'd probably lose it, but I actually managed to hang on to the thing. I still have it.


    My knife (a different one, this time a Kershaw) saved someone's bacon before as well. My partner and I responded to a motor vehicle accident where the SUV was upside down. A passing driver called it in. It was teetering on the edge of the ice of this small (but large enough to drown in or suffer the effects of hypothermia), newly made frozen pond on the side of a crossroads in SW Dallas County.

    It was about 11 years ago where one of our snow weeks in the Dallas/N. Texas area had started with rain, which then froze and then piled snow on top of it. The little roadside pond that in the large depression in the ground was actually shallow enough to stand up in if you desired, but having a jammed seatbelt on one of the elderly couple and having the other one panicking represented a real chance of drowning or hypothermia.

    The engine was still at least 5 mins out with road conditions, so it was just us and so my partner grabbed the rear end of the car and used his weight to stabilize it some and I crawled in to cut them both loose while making sure not to accidentally stab or cut them in the process (since they were upside down and I knew that their body weight would instantly start to go the millisecond the belt was cut or the button release was hit) and to avoid cutting myself. Got them both out without anything further happening to them.
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  6. Vonderek

    Vonderek Member

    Jul 9, 2006
    More than most people know.
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  7. Corpral_Agarn

    Corpral_Agarn Member

    Nov 14, 2012
    Northern CA
    My knife has saved two horses from injuring them selves or others.

    Somebody tied a horse to a RAIL instead of a post. they knew better but did it anyway.

    The horse spooked and pulled back, jerking the railing right out of the post.

    Now we have a spooked horse being chased by a railing that is tied to the horses head. It starts swinging its head and the heavy 8ft railing (with one spike at each end) trying to get away.

    I ran over and cut the line and the horse was free. We got lucky that day. If it had gotten into another group of horses or hit someone with the rail, it would have been an awful day.

    Second time was much less dramatic but could have resulted in injury all the same.

    We used to use overhead lines at night to picket the horses. Its essentially a rope that goes above the horses then you use a separate line to tie the horses to the overhead line.

    This horses line was too loose and when it went to scratch its head with its back foot, it got caught in its line and fell down. When a horse hits the ground some will lie still, others will thrash around until they free themselves or injure themselves or both.

    I saw the horse start to go down out of the corner of my eye and by the time he hit the ground he got one good thrash out before I cut his line. Resulted in a severe rope burn on the pastern, just below the hock. Healed after a few weeks.
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