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Knife?

I'm not talking about a knife as a weapon, but a knife as a tool and emergency resource.

Several years ago, horrified onlookers could only watch as a woman whose clothing had somehow caught in the machinery of an escalator was strangled to death. NOBODY HAD A SIMPLE POCKETKNIFE, or she could have been freed before it was too late.

When I was a kid, right after the War of 1812, nearly all men and boys, and a great many women and girls, carried pocketknives. We needed them more often then, of course. Packages were tied with string, and nothing was sold in those wretched bubble packs that require a chainsaw and C4 to open. There were pencils (remember them?) to sharpen. Cheese and bologna generally weren't sold pre-sliced. And so on--you get the point.

But a pocketknife can literally be a lifesaver even today, and short of that can be damned useful.

In addition to my carry gun in my right front pocket, in the left I have two knives: a Swiss Army type (the model that till recently was actually issued to Swiss troops) primarily for the tools; and one for cutting, usually a three-bladed stockman pattern.

I don't often need to use them anymore, though there certainly are times I do. But I'd feel as naked and unprepared without them as without my gun.

Do you carry a knife as a tool?
 

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Hell, yeah! The only time I don't have a knife on my person is when I flying somewhere (damn TSA regulations!).

I've actually got a drawer full of pocket knives but some of my favorites are the Spyderco Delica (combo edge), Victorinox Farmer or Case Large Trapper.
 

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The Farmer is a good one! My all-time favorite was a Schrade Old Timer 4" three-blade stockman, made before their QC started to slip and DEFINITELY before that fine old company folded and Old Timers began to be made in China. The story of why I no longer have it is too sad...
 

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I have carried a small Swiss Army knife for decades - every day. And I have always used it often. And I, too, have been amazed at how many people are unable to deal with the daily things that come up that require a blade to "fix". Some see me "come to the rescue" over and over again - but it just doesn't occur to them somehow that they could be prepared for life's troubles, too - by carrying a small knife.
I just don't get it!

But I have in recent times added a much more substantial blade who's intent is to assist me with a possible people problem - if I am unarmed at the time. I go through military gates nearly every day - and they frown on firearms pretty severely. So I am often in a non-carry status.
 

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Virtyally everyday since I was 19 y.o. Got stupid and lost most of my 2 front teeth. Have had caps ever since and don't like to use them to tear things open. Usually a stockman type.
 

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I don't leave home without one. There's a couple in the truck and several spread around the house. There's two right here in the top desk drawer.
 

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I have a very small Sog pocket knife on my key chain. I use it fairly often for little jobs like opening things, etc.
 

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I carry a Remington tac series I with combo edge (aka partially serrated) got it on sale years ago, paid 12 bicks, i use it for everything from sd to packages to food (opening slit in an orange peel yesterday) absolutely best pocket knife i ever bought, has an interesting blade shape. I would really like to get a gerber applegate-fairbairn for sd, but that will have to wait. I also keep a "jeep" or "humvee" brand one in my vehicle, crappy lock so not good for sd, but the window breaker and seatbelt cutter are all i wanted it for.
 

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I have one of those cheapie Jeep knives in the console of the truck. It keep it there for the glass breaker as well. I picked it up at Big 5 for something like twelve bucks some years back.
 

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I'm a lady and I carry two in my purse; a little 1-1/2 folder I picked up somewhere that is great for cutting string, those dang plastic "strings" on merchandise, envelopes, and things like that. I also carry a 4" folder (one that someone gave hubby, a Tater Hill made in China). Not the best knife in the world but holds an edge well and comes in handy for "bigger" problems!
 

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Been carrying pocketknives for around 66 years---think I got my first one when I was nine. We all carried them to school and nobody thought anything about it, because they were seen as tools everyone needed, and not weapons.

There isn't enough money in the developed world to pay me to go back to being a kid in today's culture, even knowing what I know now. Especially knowing what I know now. FAR too scary out there.
 

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"I'm a lady and I carry two in my purse..."

Never trust a woman who doesn't carry a knife, I always say. If she also carries a gun, so much the better. It tells me she has a realistic view of life's challenges and opportunities, and is probably pretty damn smart. ;)
 

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Women used to wear hats and held them on with huge hatpins which doubled as very nasty weapons.
I date back to when carrying a knife was a normal thing for a kid to do. I rarely do not carry a knife. Usually my very flat Buck lock blade folder. It is only 9/32" thick with a 2.5" blade.
 

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Grew up playing with my papas pocket knives. Saw my dad always carried a little one in his front pocket. I've been carrying one everyday since i was about 14. Except in school, they had some stupid rules. Right now I have a Kershaw clipped on my back pocket.
 
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