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Why Do You Carry a Fixed Blade Knife? - Friday, May 04, 2012 7:01 AM ( #1 )
So, Cold Steel Users, If you regularly carry a fixed blade knife for some reason OTHER than self defense, would you please tell me why? I ask because when people (including law enforcement) see a fixed blade knife, they often default back to "weapon," and while that is a common reaction, I do not believe it's fair. I'd like to have some more great, rational, common sense reasons for carrying a fixed blade knife. I'll start off: I carry a fixed blade Mini Tac Skinner because I'm tired of folding knives with giant clips that tear up my car seats. I sometimes carry an engraved Bear fixed blade because it was a graduation present from my beautiful wife. Why do YOU carry a fixed blade?
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Re:Why Do You Carry a Fixed Blade Knife? - Friday, May 04, 2012 8:46 AM ( #2 )
Opening things such as the pre mixed salads that each have their own little bag for each part. A lot of gardening chores , cleaning my fingernails (lol with a Natchez), Safety in case I need to cut myself from a seat belt etc. Lots of times I'm glad I have a knife on me and of course there's the personal protection side of things.

I forgot to mention that the blade I always have on me is the serrated Point Guard. I only carry the Bowie in the trails. I won't go to a place that I might need to draw it for protection in the first place. NEVER bring it to the bar for example. No f'n way am I going to pull a knife on someone and end up getting sent off to prison. I'm way too pretty for that! lol 
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Re:Why Do You Carry a Fixed Blade Knife? - Friday, May 04, 2012 8:52 AM ( #3 )
Simplicity is a factor for me :)
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Re:Why Do You Carry a Fixed Blade Knife? - Friday, May 04, 2012 9:15 AM ( #4 )
Simplicity is a good way to put it. 
I just don't trust machines.  Murphy was a starry eyed optimist.  I have had folders jam on me through no fault of the knife.  Just junk getting in the hinge.  (Same reason you need a pocket holster for your pocket pistol)
 
Fixed blades are also safer.  Never had a fixed blade close on my fingers.  Even if the lock holds and works fine on a folder--former forum member Freak Show Scott got permanently maimed by closing a folder on his tendon.  The lock worked as designed and Scott is indisputably a knife expert.  But it just shows that accidents can happen when you combine razor sharp with moving parts.
(To his credit Scott did not whine and blame the knife or the company)
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Re:Why Do You Carry a Fixed Blade Knife? - Friday, May 04, 2012 9:35 AM ( #5 )
simplicity  another vote
Carrying a kobun with the plastic belt clip removed and a nylon belt keeper attached.  Inexpensive if lost or damaged, go to the drawer get another one.
Easier to pull out use, resheath.  against
pull out flip open use two hands to close repocket.
Used to carry a full size cold steel tanto when they first came out
on a duty belt.  Now in the politically correct error that is not allowed.
Again pull out use resheath.
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Re:Why Do You Carry a Fixed Blade Knife? - Friday, May 04, 2012 12:00 PM ( #6 )
I carry folders like 85% of the time. But when I do carry a fixed blade it is because i'm doing some gardening work with a larger blade or any other work for that matter. i always find a fixed blade much more an efficient implement to complete the task. They're obviously safer, in that they can't fold onto your fingers: or fail under extreme lateral stress.
Also I will carry a fixed blade if I'm going outside of the city or if i'm traveling in a car so that i can not worry about walking around or getting on the bus with a fixed blade lawfully attached to my belt. lawful or not some people get the heebie jeebies when they see a fixed blade.
Another reason I will carry a fixed blade is if I am on private property, as  long as the owner of the property doesn't object it is lawful to carry it concealed or otherwise.
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Re:Why Do You Carry a Fixed Blade Knife? - Friday, May 04, 2012 12:17 PM ( #7 )
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I won't go to a place that I might need to draw it for protection in the first place. NEVER bring it to the bar for example. No f'n way am I going to pull a knife on someone and end up getting sent off to prison. I'm way too pretty for that! lol 


Well I don't know how pretty you are but that is one of the smartest damn courses of action I have ever seen or admitted to in a knife forum. +1  it's good that you have a clear idea of the risk to reward about what you carry and when.



Yeah, I always chuckle to myself when I read about anyone thinking that they will actually use a knife for protection outside of a home invasion or car jacking etc situation. It sounds all cool to imagine fending off an attacker with your trusty Cold Steel blade of choice but the reality is that the moment you pull that knife out, you have just escalated the encounter to the critical point. There's no undoing it. Whoever you are facing is now fighting for their life and wether or not they "deserve" a good slashing won't matter to the courts unfortunately.


I train with my knives and I train to win but I make the conscious choice to not have it on me in situations where it would escalate the situation. In my home though, if you break in and try to harm me or my loved ones... you are ****ed! lol
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Re:Why Do You Carry a Fixed Blade Knife? - Friday, May 04, 2012 12:57 PM ( #8 )
I dont carry a fixed blade knife just because of the fact that im afraid i would get harrassed by every cop that saw me with it. i have always wanted to i just never have. i have also been cut by a folder that was supposed to be locked, i would like to sell every folder i have but then i would have any knife other than my pliers to use, but there again i dont have that much use for a knife around town. i carry just in case i need it for some reason. its easer to get a folder out of my pocket than it is to get the blad out of my pliers.
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Re:Why Do You Carry a Fixed Blade Knife? - Friday, May 04, 2012 2:07 PM ( #9 )
I had a very good friend of mine die in a vehicle rollover truck fire.... His vehicle ended upside down on the roof. He was wearing his lap shoulder belt as the law stated must be worn. When I got there his truck was fully engulfed in flames and I was unable to get close to help. He had a pocket knife and I can only guess that he was unable to get to it because of the safety belt. Years after that happened I was witness to a head-on accident with a pregnant lady involved and I was able to cut her locked seat belt off and comfort her until ems arrived. It had tightened to tight on her stomach possibly causing harm to her baby. I have never been able to forget those events and doubt that I ever will. I carry a fixed blade as tool, ready to use depending on the situation. I wear a neck knife and various types of folders for the same reason. I have been questioned about my knife by an leo and they were quite satisfied with my answer Simplicity is a good way to explain it. Life in strange and full of surprises.
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Re:Why Do You Carry a Fixed Blade Knife? - Friday, May 04, 2012 4:10 PM ( #10 )
My hands have lost most of their dexterity, so I have trouble opening and closing folders, so I use fixed blades most of the time.
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Re:Why Do You Carry a Fixed Blade Knife? - Friday, May 04, 2012 6:07 PM ( #11 )
I only go into town about once or twice a month and when I do I have my two Rajahs in my pockets plus whatever knife I'm interested in carrying.  Most of the time I move around my 29 acres of heavy woods with one or more fixed blades which might be a Trailmaster, a Kukri, or a machete depending on whether I think I'll have to do some chopping or just want something sharp on me.  
I seldom carry fixed blades into town unless they are small enough to cover with my shirt tails.  I don't think anyone would bother me about a belt knife in our small town but I don't like to attract attention.  When I go to the doctor I remove the Rajahs and carry only one Voyager all the way down in my pocket.  Of course my little Super Edge is always on my key ring.  
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Re:Why Do You Carry a Fixed Blade Knife? - Saturday, May 05, 2012 2:05 PM ( #12 )
One of the many reasons I carry a fixed blade EDC is because it is more accessable.  A good IWB rig makes it dissappear.  It's hard to get hassled for carrying a knife no one can see until it appears to perform a task within' the context of common knife related chore. 
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Re:Why Do You Carry a Fixed Blade Knife? - Monday, May 07, 2012 5:39 AM ( #13 )
Because there is no lock to fail.
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Re:Why Do You Carry a Fixed Blade Knife? - Friday, May 11, 2012 8:06 AM ( #14 )
its faster than a folder, particularly in cold weather.
stronger and more reliable as its not already 'broken"
in many cases, a good fixed blade is cheaper than the latest flashy folder.
 I also carry it IWB, so i can grab it with either hand. Fixed blades, at least mine, are not hand specific as are some folders.

I carry both, daily, but the fixed gets used a LOT more, as its easier acsessed then resheathed. 
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Re:Why Do You Carry a Fixed Blade Knife? - Friday, May 11, 2012 10:26 AM ( #15 )
 
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Re:Why Do You Carry a Fixed Blade Knife? - Saturday, May 12, 2012 9:01 PM ( #16 )
Because i cant open or acces a folder when its cold out (gloves) which is the better part of 6 months of the year here...
 

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Re:Why Do You Carry a Fixed Blade Knife? - Sunday, May 13, 2012 9:23 PM ( #17 )
Claiming a physical limitation should be enough for any understanding LEO, especially if you also have a cane and a limp or something else like a missing limb. If out in the field hiking/working then I would think that blade size isn't as important as it might be in the urban jungle. Chicago has a 2 1/2" limit on blade length, for example.
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Re:Why Do You Carry a Fixed Blade Knife? - Monday, May 14, 2012 5:37 AM ( #18 )
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I carry folders like 85% of the time.




I don't always carry folders, but when I do, I prefer Cold Steel.

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Re:Why Do You Carry a Fixed Blade Knife? - Monday, May 14, 2012 7:39 AM ( #19 )
2 reasons....

1) I just prefer them over folders
2) legality, I spend a lot of time in the city of NY and in the 5 boros of NY just about ANY folder is illegal while fixed blade knives as long as they're concealed, single sided and under 4", you're good to go, even though most cops dont know that. So I carry a 3" fixed blade along with a letter from a Queens ADA stating the exact law regarding the carrying of a knife, sad as hell but those the breaks when you live in NYC....



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Re:Why Do You Carry a Fixed Blade Knife? - Monday, May 14, 2012 8:12 AM ( #20 )
Where or how easy is it to get a letter from a ADA? I have the municiple code link on my smart phone. But that means the officer has the patience to allow me to look it up for him.
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Re:Why Do You Carry a Fixed Blade Knife? - Monday, May 14, 2012 8:15 AM ( #21 )
I just called the DA's office and got the name of the area to send the letter to, they responded about a week and a half later...

pretty easy really...



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Re:Why Do You Carry a Fixed Blade Knife? - Monday, May 14, 2012 8:21 AM ( #22 )
Honestly the biggest problem carrying a folder is that according to NYC law, even if it's just the pocket clip outside your pocket, the knife isn't concealed, so if I have to stick a folder all the way into a pocket, it almost defeats the purpose, now I need to stick my hand into my pocket and search for it and hope I can get it out quickly and in a manner in which I can deploy the blade effectively. This way I just carry a fixed blade on my belt upside down and reach under my shirt/jacket/etc. and in 1 motion pull it down right out of the sheath and it's ready to go, problems solved.

Of course when I travel outside NYC I carry a folder 90% of the time...

On a side note, I actually have a NYC concealed carry permit for a firearm, sadly I still cant carry a knife, go figure lol...



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Re:Why Do You Carry a Fixed Blade Knife? - Tuesday, May 15, 2012 12:20 PM ( #23 )
Because I don't own any other knife.
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Re:Why Do You Carry a Fixed Blade Knife? - Saturday, September 27, 2014 9:06 PM ( #24 )
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I just called the DA's office and got the name of the area to send the letter to, they responded about a week and a half later...

pretty easy really... 


Mr. Adam.......You seem to know alot about knife laws in NYC.  I haven't found any information on this topic.  What is legal to keep in your apartment or in the hall or lobby of your apartment building.  Downtown LES.  Gravity knifes, Switchblades, Knuckle Dusters Etc..  Many times you need protection in your lobby or vestibule.  In other words can I legally order em. and keep em at home??


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