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In Praise of Pointy Things

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Posted By: zoidberg, 5/25/2020 9:55:44 AM

To judge by conversations with friends and acquaintances over the years, my family isn't the only one to treat the gifting of a knife as a rite of passage. It's an acknowledgment that the recipient has passed a milestone, having become sufficiently familiar with spatial relationships and mortality to avoid severing anything too terribly important from themselves or others. It's also the entrusting of a reliable tool, perhaps the most useful one that humans have invented and can own.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: bgarrett 5/25/2020 11:18:45 AM (No. 421499)
This sounds like the pussification of America. I have used knives ever since I could pick one up. Ok, not that young but from a very early age
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Terry_tr6 5/25/2020 11:26:26 AM (No. 421504)
and don't forget that advice from Z-War, Knives don't need reloading.... One of the joys of getting my CCW in Florida is the "Weapon" part of CCW. This means I am legal to carry switchblades, brass knuckles, blackjacks, a pipe under the car seat, all kinds of concealed weapons. Of course, knife makers like Kershaw have found ways around the switchblade laws by making assisted openers that i find as effective as a switchblade (and a lot more reliable and affordable).
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Bur Oak 5/25/2020 11:41:08 AM (No. 421516)
I got my first knife when I was 5 years old. My cousin gave it to me. He bought the Swiss army knife in Paris. It was kept in a kitchen drawer and I had to ask for it. When I was 6 or 7 I cut a chunk out of one of my thumbs and still have the scar. I didn't tell my mother until years later. In grade school all the boys carried knives. The world has changed and not for the better.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: chumley 5/25/2020 11:46:18 AM (No. 421528)
I've owned several switchblades over the years. At the time they were legal in Europe and could be bought almost anywhere. They all had the same problem. Cheap steel. They couldn't hold an edge long enough to cut a stick of butter. Better off with a good quality sheath knife.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Vaquero45 5/25/2020 11:48:45 AM (No. 421536)
I also carry one of those nasty little Kershaw knives with “assisted opening” and it’s a sweet blade. Ten years ago in Alaska, I picked up a custom hunting knife made by a guy in the Yukon - just the right size, fits my hand well, and holds a razor-sharp edge. One of my oldest friends and hunting partners watched me gut an elk with it a few years later, and was impressed. When the Chinese flu appeared, he joked that if I got it and passed on, he’d like to have my knife. I told him he could, but only if I got his nickel-plated 1908 Colt .380 if the flu got him first.... It’s fun to read an article from someone else who’s serious about knives.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: DVC 5/25/2020 11:58:57 AM (No. 421550)
The only time I am without a knife is when I am swimming and when I am on a commercial airliner, although when I am cave diving, a knife is a crucial piece of my equipment load. My normal daily carry is a Swiss Army knife with scissors and pliers, many other useful blades and a single 4" high quality 'thumb knife' for ordinary cutting chores. My father gave me a Case Stockman when I was 6 and I carried it for several years, although I lost knives as a child, much to my adult regret. I replaced them every time, and have carried a pocket knife daily since age 6. Knives are useful tools, and in an extreme case, a defensive weapon. Sad that today's boys are denied the ability to have a knife in their pocket at school by the nasty fascists who run them.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: DVC 5/25/2020 12:42:08 PM (No. 421619)
A friend once said, that a good knife is "my claws, all of God's other predators have claws". Made sense to me. And I have a really nice stone knife, made by a friend, with an antler handle, attached with sinew and pitch/blood glue. Cave men didn't have it as bad as some think as far as knives go.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: privateer 5/25/2020 1:12:19 PM (No. 421649)
Leroy Jethro Gibbs, rule #9: never go anywhere without a knife.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: Newtsche 5/25/2020 1:20:29 PM (No. 421656)
I have a small collection of excellent knives and an acute awareness of untold others I will never have. Knife Rule #1 -- A good blade is not a screwdriver.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: genius 5/25/2020 1:48:09 PM (No. 421681)
No. 9. My daily carry knife ( swiss army "the Farmer") has a screwdriver , along with a saw that are used as much as the blade. The 9mm is in the opposite pocket.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: Videodrone 5/25/2020 1:53:20 PM (No. 421685)
Prior to 911 I routinely carried a 3.5" Buck that I could flick open with one hand as well as a Leatherman Wave (was questioned a few times about the Buck but never had a problem - the Leatherman has two nice blades that prior to then no one ever questioned! Since Kershaw came out with their assisted opening pseudo "multi tool" (it does have a socket and holds 4 different screwdriver/Torx heads and holds a nice edge) rides in right back pocket as well as a two bladed German Steel pocket knife with assisted opening And I still have my k-bar, currently lives next to the backup Kimber next to my bed and it is sharp!
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Reply 12 - Posted by: Avikingman 5/25/2020 2:05:40 PM (No. 421689)
Playing mumbly-peg was a rite of passage. Third grade or thereabouts.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: ROLFNader 5/25/2020 2:11:15 PM (No. 421693)
3.5" Buck assist open is my EDC. Life partner (35 years) is a Victorinox Swiss Champ (33 function) . I've had it so long, I'm on my third pressurized ballpoint pen. Lives in it's leather holster when I'm out and about in the woods.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: doublesharp 5/25/2020 2:59:58 PM (No. 421738)
I could write 10 pages about knives. I can tell a tale about going to jail in Matamoros boystown in the mid 70s for carrying a Case XX Buffalo. I have many Case XX stag and several are made prior to the USA stamp that started about 1964 or 65. My daily carry is a Benchmade assisted open with a partial serrated blade and a Kershaw Leak for dress.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: F15 Gork 5/25/2020 4:34:00 PM (No. 421800)
Growing up in the late forties and early 50s in OK, everyone from grade school on up carried a jack knife - it was expected.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: JHHolliday 5/25/2020 4:39:45 PM (No. 421802)
My first was a BSA knife at age 8. I must have had hundreds over the years. I have always been a bit nutty about knives and carry a simple, very sharp folder. It's amazing how many times it still comes in handy for this retired old coot. Re #2: My Georgia CC permit says "Georgia Weapons License". I also assume that I could strap a Scottish claymore across my back and stroll about town with it. Don't have a claymore but do have a Confederate cavalry saber.....hmnn.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: DVC 5/25/2020 5:08:08 PM (No. 421812)
#16, a few years ago, Kansas eliminated ALL knife laws, so if you want a K-Bar on the belt is legal. No limits, so, I suppose a nice rapier would be OK, but unhandy getting in and out of cars. For that role, my Colt Commander is the modern replacement sidearm.
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