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Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by bikerdoc, Aug 20, 2019.

  1. bikerdoc

    bikerdoc Moderator Staff Member

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    Cheap switchblade
    No markings except stainless
    Soft steel, probably 440B
    2.5 inch blade 6.26 OAL

    Dont carry it but it Sits next to my recliner
    For some reason I like it for opening mail.
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  2. The Evangelist Cowboy

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    Is anybody going to San Antone?
    I have been kicking around the idea of getting one of those Coast/O'Reilly's knives I see for the jeep just in case. I have a Cold Steel Black Rock Hunter but if I can put a 10-15 buck cheap folder in there as a backup to my backup I'd be happy.
     
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  3. SharpDog

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    I keep those kind of knives in all of my vehicle consoles ... just in case.

    Around the house and for junk tasks like opening boxes I've moved on to cheap box-cutters.

    But cheap junk knives have their special appeal ... as long as you're not relying on them.
     
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  4. WestKentucky

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    I had the exact same knife years ago. Bought it in Cherokee NC on vacation. I have no
    clue where it is now, but I do recall the button wearing out from me playing with it. It got to be very dangerous as it wore, would pop open at random times. As a high school kid I couldn’t keep a pair of pants with good pockets, and a couple pair had bloodstains.

    Now that I think of it I think that knife found its way into the gravel under a new concrete patio... along with a few others of questionable safety and even more questionable legal status at the time.
     
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    Jimmy, are you there? lol

    There are a couple of bridges over the Harlem River in NY between Harlem and the Bronx. Occasionally when the police thought a crime weapon had been dropped off one of the bridges, they'd sent the scuba team down. They always came up with several additional weapons.
     
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    I have some no-name knife that came from the NRA that is my letter opener.
     
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    You should replace that plastic scale with something of your making.
     
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    anything beats your buddies lunch box, serrated, paring knife......now I put cheap folders in other people's cars too.....along with copies of my hunting license
     
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  9. Double_J

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    I have a couple cheap beater knives in my tool box for cutting rubber hose, tubing, and gasket material as they can and will be abused. I also keep a coast knife from home depot in my center consoles of my vehicles.
     
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    I had a S&W knife in the shop I used when I didn't want to hurt a good knife, and I beat the heck out of that thing. Came through OK! :)
     
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    I'm pretty happy with my Home Depot Coast. Stays sharp enough for peeling callouses from my hands, and certainly lets me know when I'm not paying enough attention. OWWW!
    Worst blade I have is Milwaukee branded. Pretty sure I could peen 1/2 inch copper flat, and put a better edge on it. She sits on the console and just looks Purdy, not good for much else.
     
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    So I see the idea of "just in case" and "junk knives" combined by some here, but I don't know what the "just in case" a "junk knife" is for except as a fidget toy or a letter opener. We wouldn't throw a "junk jack" in the car for serious but infrequent use. We might not put an expensive one in the vehicle, but not one we already know might be unreliable or unsafe so why go with a junk knife we know we shouldn't depend on in a tight spot? Instead, there are plenty of inexpensive knives that can ride around unused until the need rears its head like a simple Mora that we know will be reliable and safe when we look for it in the trunk or tool box (and no one is even going to look at it twice as something to play with).
     
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  13. The Evangelist Cowboy

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    That's a fair assessment. I guess I mean I would want a reliable knife that while dependable isn't going to "hurt" me if it broke or got lost
     
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  14. bikerdoc

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    Hso is right.
    I didn't start this thread to advocate for junk knives. Just the opposite. Mine is just what he said, a letter opener work Bench beater, and figet toy.
    For serious tasks, EDC, and just in case social work, in vehicles, and around the house I rely on Spyderco, Benchmade, Kershaw, and some CRKT models. For gratifying fondling and admiring I have my small collection of antique Shrades and Cammilus.
    Junk knives are just that. Novelties, not to be taken seriously.
     
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  15. kBob

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    HSO,

    " We wouldn't throw a "junk jack" in the car for serious but infrequent use."

    No because the manufacturers of cars already did that for us!

    Yes a cheap knife can and will fail and possibly when most needed. But generally it beats not having a knife. For ages I used to carry a crappy but very flat India made lock blade Buck Wanna Be in the front pocket of a "Cigarette Pouch" for a small automatic pistol. I also kept a book of matches and two bandaids in there. First it beat not having a knife....even if I had a much better one on my belt and in my pocket AND if someone wanted to borrow my knife I could give them that thing to bugger up and say thanks over.

    I too keep the cheap NRA knives of a few years back in the cars....for their glass breakers and seat belt cutters. And they were "free."

    -kBob
     
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