Knife: Weapon or tool?

Discussion in 'Other Weapons' started by txpossum, Apr 26, 2013.

  1. txpossum

    txpossum New Member

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    Do you consider a knife to be primarily a weapon or a tool? I'm not talking about a specific make or model, but speaking broadly what, to you, is the primary function of a knife.

    To me the answer is obviously a tool. I use my knife for a myriad of tasks, and not one, to date, has involved using it as a weapon. Now, my edc's are all capable of being used in self defense, but fortunately the need hasn't arisen.

    I guess my point to this is that when I buy a new knife I put every day functionality above Rambo-ism (Unless I am buying a knife specifically FOR the purpose of self defense, which I sometimes do in the grip of some macho apocolypse fantasy -- and, in my saner moments, I realize that even in the midst of a zombie infesetation during a grid meltdown caused by an emp pulse while in the grip of a super flu epidemic, a knife will still be primarily used as a tool. Have to open those MRE's with something.)

    The qualities I look for? First is material -- has to be quality steel with a good heat treatment. I find it incredible that a lot of people buy knifes without knowing what type of steel the blade is made of (and I mean the specific steel, not generic "stainless" or "carbon", which terms are so broad as to be meaningless. Next is size and shape -- is it suitable for it's intended purpose? Am I buying it for brushcraft use, skinning, chopping, what? Then ergonomics -- it has to feel good in my hand.

    So . . . when you go to buy a knife, what standards do you use to choose the one?
     
  2. rhyno13

    rhyno13 New Member

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    For me it's a tool
     

  3. Wambli

    Wambli New Member

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    Personally I think all weapons are tools to one degree or another. A hammer is a tool that is often used as a weapon. Any knife can be used as a weapon even if the primary use is as a tool.

    That being said when I have a knife made it's usually with only one purpose in mind since I dislike compromise. That's why I have many of them.
     
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  4. eatmydust

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    Both, I got my two front teeth knocked out at 19 y.o. I have had caps on them since 1979, and don't like to use my front teeth for ripping open stuff the way i used to, so I've carried a pocket knife virtually everyday since then. Nowadays, I carry a nice thin, skeletized "tactical" locking knife.
     
  5. TekGreg

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    The designation is in the intent. If you show people a hammer and ask the same question, they all say, "tool." But if they are attacked by a aggressor, and it's in their hand, they will not fail to defend themselves with it because it's a "tool."

    I have carried a Cold Steel Voyager for decades. It's a ~3" serrated blade and it has been used for everything from slicing tires to peaches to reins to save a horse and seat belts to save a human. Show its black handle and serrated blade to anyone and they would claim"weapon," but it has never once in its couple of decades been used as anything but a tool.
     
  6. willshoum

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    Who's your daddy..............

    I have a shovel thats a tool, here in terrebonne parrish it was used as a weapon and sent a man to prison for murder. The victim was hit in the mouth and died of lock jaw........True story...........All my knives are tools, untill someone pushes the wrong button.................:eek::D
     
  7. fa35jsf

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  8. Dan308

    Dan308 New Member

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    It's a tool until you stick someone with it. Then it's a weapon
     
  9. willshoum

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    lmfao.............

    I stuck my sister with a fork for eating my only piece of birthday cake, do dat count...........i buried that thing to the bone...............lol.........Then she got her but whipped by my father............Can I get an amen..............lol............Ahhhh........ The weapon of choice............;)
     
  10. fa35jsf

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    Yeah I accidentally stabbed a friend one time with a Navy Officers sword while practicing for a ceremony. Caught her right in the hand. Drew blood. Pretty good for a sword that doesn't have an edge and a very dull tip.

    That's the only time I can think of that I have ever "stabbed" anyone else with a blade. Myself however...... TOTALLY different story there ;)

    All in all, knifes are generally tools. I carry a leatherman multitool and a folding pocket knife on me almost every day.
     
  11. Cattledog

    Cattledog New Member

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    Everything that does something I cant with my bare hands is a tool and Anything can be a weapon. My knuckles are a weapon if I need them to be. knives are tools.
     
  12. bigjim

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    Definitely a tool. I carry a small pocket knife at all times to open or cut things and when in the woods a hunting knife for those tasks. If I needed to use it for hunting, it would be for making snares or traps but not for taking game directly.

    As the saying goes, "don't bring a knife for a gun fight".

    Jim
     
  13. Overkill0084

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    ....Yes....
     
  14. DFlynt

    DFlynt New Member

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    To me it's both but if I'm using my knife to fight with I've totally screwed up...
     
  15. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    It is both. A weapon is a subclassification of tool; IOW a weapon is a tool for injuring another.

    That's like asking if a pickup is a Truck first or a Vehicle first.
     
  16. PC167

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    I usually carry my knife daily, until I realized that I left mine in my other pants at home.:mad: Bad job out of me...
     
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  17. Jagermeister

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    I have knives that are tools
    I have knives that are not tools.
    I have knives that are not tools for four legged animals.
    I have knives that are not tools for two legged animals.
     
  18. steve666

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    I consider it a tool. It is only a weapon in the sense that anything, even a rolled up newspaper, can be used as a weapon.
     
  19. gearhead396

    gearhead396 New Member

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    It's a tool first. But I always make sure it's strong and sturdy enough to use as a weapon just in case.
     
  20. willshoum

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    A lot of big men can say the same about my uncle Frenchy's knuckles. And he was all of 5' 6''.............lol..............1904......1971..........trapper and farmer..................the good die young..............:(