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Re:allrounder cs knife choice???
Friday, June 14, 2013 1:15 AM
I've always been curious. I read about a lot of people wanting to carry for EDC, which is OK, I guess. But if you stop to think about it, what do most people usually need a knife for? Cutting a seat-belt loose, opening a letter, or a box, cutting tape, trimming a water or air hose on your car's engine, cutting string, poking an extra hole in your belt, using as a steak knife in a restaurant when they fail to provide a suitable model of their own (I do this one a lot...), and other mundane, but necessary tasks.
Almost any knife, certainly anything by Cold Steel, will serve as a deterrent in an emergency. The idea is to hold someone off, disengage and retreat as soon as possible, not to engage in a West Side Story-esque ballet of cutlery. Especially not at my age. You don't have to win...just survive. Realistically, how often do you think you'd be using a knife in this type of scenario? To me, it makes more sense (if you only carry one knife) to carry a more general-purpose knife to handle all those daily chores, and hope you never have to use it in any other way.
I put it in the same category as a lot of Rambo wannabes that I know, that insist they need a 30-round magazine and a semi-auto assault-style rifle to go hunting deer. If you want to carry one of these heavy, cumbersome monstrosities, of course, be my guest. But all you really need is a nice, light, sleek hunting rifle that you can comfortable carry all day, and a few rounds of ammo, usually no more than a pocket-full, even with a shotgun. I only own muzzle-loaders, but when I hunt, I seldom ever take more than 10 rounds, and even with my Colt 1851 and 1861 pistols, no more than 18 rounds. And I have never run out of ammo while hunting, yet.
I guess my question is, why do people not apply the principle of, "the right tool for the right job", when it comes to firearms and knives? I love my Ti-Lite, just because it looks intimidating, but as a knife, it's really pretty useless for anything other than a quick slash/stab. I could probably fillet a fish with it in an emergency, but it would be a pathetic-looking fillet. I have tried cutting tomatoes with it, and it makes a really nice mess of them, perfectly suitable for crushed tomatoes. It's sharp enough, but the blade shape, with no off-set, doesn't allow you to make pretty, thin slices. A Bushman does a whole lot better, and the Canadian Hunter does as good as it gets, even better than most expensive chef's knives.. And chopping with the Ti-Lite is next to impossible. The blade shape is not conducive to most normal activities. It will cut string, and open a letter, but that's about it. The Ti-Lite was designed as a Fighting Folder, pure and simple. I carry it mostly for shock-value, if the chips ever fall.
I've just always been curious as to why a lot of people's first criteria for selecting a carry knife is EDC, rather than functionality. My Marine days have been over for quite a while, and I know I am nowhere near being Rambo. In a knife fight, I doubt seriously if I would prevail regardless of what I am carrying. I would just be happy if I could get a few good licks in before I go down, and I hope my assailant realizes that, and decides it's not worth it. If not, then I would have to beat them senseless with my Blackthorn walking stick (which is never out of arms reach), and I know from experience I can do that, regardless of what kind of knife they have. Never fool with an old man packing a good walking stick.
OK. I got that out of my system. We will now return to our regular-scheduled programming, already in progress....