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Pocket Knives-Who feels naked without one?

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by Mitch from LA, Feb 4, 2011.

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  1. Mitch from LA

    Mitch from LA Member

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    Listening to the radio recently, and this gal on a morning show was shocked by someone carrying a pocket knife in Austin.

    This got me to thinking. Growing up I learned that you carry a pocket knife with you, not as a weapon but as an essential everyday tool. The edge is arguably man's most important invention and you can get a lot done with a knife.

    I was curious as to how many of you grew up the same way I did, and if anyone grew up in or lives in a place where pocket knives are considered weapons and nothing more. I'm very interested to hear everyone's perspective/opinion.
     
  2. BleysAhrens

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    It is the most useful tool a person can carry. My grandfather gave me and my brother a pocket knife on at least 2 different occasions. From the box you cant open to the occasional small game you have to skin in the wild... Not many days go by where I don't use mine, and miss it when I have on my sweat pants..
     
  3. Geno

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    After being unable to extricate myself from my seatbelt in my 1995 automobile accident, I figured out pretty quickly how important a tool the folding pocket knife is. Don't know about feeling naked, but at the moment, I felt like a coyote ready to chew through that belt as the car filled with smoke. :uhoh: I soon figured out that the smoke was from the airbag, not a fire. But let me tell ya...I learned a valuable lesson. ;) As I sit here typing, and as always, I have my Benchmade154CM clipped inside of my pants pocket.

    Geno
     
  4. Valkman

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    I may be carrying a Strider, a Moore Maker, a Case or a SAK but I'll have at least one on me. Sometimes two or three of them, just for fun. Seems like a knife is always need for something.
     
  5. messerist

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    Me feeling naked is a scary thing so I always carry a knife, sometimes three or four!
     
  6. stan rose

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    I always have a knife on me, and it has been that way as long as I can remember.
     
  7. Carl Levitian

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    My granddad gave me an Imperial Barlow knife when I was 10. My dad gave me a Camillus scout knife when I was 12. I turned 70 last month, so it's been a long road traveled with a knife in my pocket since then. I'd sooner walk out my front door without my pants than without a pocket knife. Old habits die hard, but that's one habit I'm not about to change.

    Carl.
     
  8. TimboKhan

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    I frequently walk out of my front door without pants, because it gets hot here sometimes and I wear shorts. Hey-O!

    Seriously though, Every once in awhile I forget to carry a knife, and it is always very weird for me. The same is true of a can of chew. I have been carrying both in my pockets daily for all of my adult life and a good chunk of my pre-adult life, and forgetting them from time to time always just sort of messes up my chi for the day. Lesson learned, and now I keep a "backup" knife (and can of chew) at work for just those occasions.

    The thing is, I really enjoy knives not only as functional tools, but as objects. I have my favorite manufacturers (Spyderco is #1) and I have my favorite models (Endura is #1), but I have really come to like them all. At one point only a couple of years ago, I would laughed at you if you told me that I would ever own a Case knife. now I own two mini-trappers, plus a few examples of other manufacturers efforts with that design. Not only do I own them, I frequently carry them. I have a Case wharncliffe mini-trapper that I like so much that I am buying a spare just in case I lose it!
     
  9. huntsteven

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    Huh, didn't know you could wear pants without a Case Trapper. Glad that lady pointed it out for me. Ha
     
  10. shiftyer1

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    Must have been north Austin
     
  11. bcp280z

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    Always man, goes into my pocket every morn along with wallet, keys. done it since I was 11. of course I have a high dollar gerber and bench now instead of cheap swiss army/case. Funny in the south someone would complain about it.
     
  12. ArfinGreebly

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    Naked?

    Uh . . . yeah.

    Wearing pants = haz knife.

    From my twelfth birthday on, I have had a knife of some kind on my person, excepting only airplanes since 2001 and court houses since some time in the eighties.

    When I turned twelve, Dad gave me a red-handled Imperial U.S. Officers Ulster.

    Standard 4-blade scout/camping style knife.

    I have it to this day. Next year in November, I will have had that knife for fifty years.

    I remember the discomfort I felt when I discovered there were people around me who wore clothes and yet were naked.

    Wait -- you got dressed this morning, and you stopped after only putting on your clothes? No knife? Dude, yer momma sure dresses you funny.

     
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    All day every day since 1955.
     
  14. Yo Mama

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    I feel naked without one, but it wasn't always so. I grew up no father, and mom had a zero tollerance policy for guns and knives. NONE.

    As I got older, and had male role models, I saw everyone I was hanging with carried a blade and a gun. It caught on like wildfire, and I think I have overcompensated for the years of no weapons allowed. :)

    A knife to me now is part of the dress code.
     
  15. Armored farmer

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    Pocketknife everyday.
    Here in farm country, you need a pair of pliers or multi-tool on your belt also.
     
  16. CTPhil

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    I can't believe everyone doesn't carry a pocket knife, it's just common sense.
     
  17. sidheshooter

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    Pretty much what Arfin said. It's against my religion to not carry a knife.
     
  18. JShirley

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    Feels wrong, and like something's missing.

    As I do today, in my federal building. :(
     
  19. hunterbob

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    I carry one all the time (since 5 yrs old in the 50's) , and remember when they were not lock blade jackknives. Ouch!
    Grew up on farm and used knife all the time, castrated pigs too. Probably work good on politicians too.
     
  20. towboat_er

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    Checking pocket... Yep its there.
     
  21. Gary G23

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    Yesterday I was carrying a pocket knife, a fixed blade on my belt, and a neck knife. I always carry a pocket knife.

    As has been pointed out, a knife is most useful tool you can have. It would also be a necessity in a car wreck. I carry the fixed blade in case I have to break glass.
     
  22. hso

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    I see knife clips sticking out of pockets everywhere I go around East TN and suspect half of the pockets I see without a clip have a knife nestled with the lint in the bottom of the pocket.

    That isn't a great surprise to me since I have been told by sales managers in the knife industry that more knives are sold in OH/KY/TN/NC/SC/GA/FL/AL/MS than the rest of the country combined.
     
  23. jimmyraythomason

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    Exactly! I teach a teenager's Sunday School class and EVERY boy (14-18 years old) in it carries a folder with clip in their pockets to church. No one cares as it is NORMAL behaviour around here. I carried a folder in a belt pouch for many years. If I forgot to put it on I MISSED it all day!
     
  24. VT Deer Hunter

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    This is what i carry Gerber 7400 Demolition Explosive Technician Multi-Tool. Then eventually a pistol. This is for now.
     
  25. XxWINxX94

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    Yup, I try to have one on me whenever I can. Comes in handy for a tool, but here in Pat Quinn land, we don't have the right to carry a firearm, so my knife is my only legal weapon.
     
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