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  1. #11
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    Sep 2007
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    Most of the time I have a Bowen double-edge belt knife belt holding up my drawers, with a small (2.5" blade) folder clipped to my right front pocket, and a SOG 'Winder' (GREAT knife!!) in the r/rear pocket. Is that too many? I don't think so.
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  3. For many years I carried a Leatherman Charge everyday. One day I had to go to the Social Security Office on business. I took a number and sat in the waiting for about an hour. Feeling the urge to use the restroom I approached the security guard and asked for directions. When I came out and began walking to my seat he approached me and asked what I was carrying. He explained the policy about the weapons ban. I had seen the sign when entering but thought nothing of it because I wasn't carrying a gun.

    In short I was asked to leave and told that I could return without the weapon. This tool and previous models have served me well for many years. I feel naked without it, but now I am wondering is a Leatherman considered a concealed weapon? I now have a concealed handgun permit and don't want to do anything to jeopardize my permit.

    Note that I have been to the Social Security office before without a problem. If you haven't been to a government office in a while it is bilingual. Hey if you can't speak English you mustn't be a citizen, right. Then why are you collecting Social Security?

  4. #13
    THINK "SYSTEM"... Not just 'Knife'...

    Weight is my biggest consideration,

    When just knocking around in day to day I only carry a Kershaw (Ken Onion) small pocket clip on the right side front pocket.

    When I'm in the 'Bush',
    I carry a large fixed blade,
    I have a Gerber multi-tool in the outside pocket of the fixed blade,
    And I have scalpel blades in the back of the sheath.

    I REALLY don't want to be cutting out a fish hook or honey locust thorn with a huge straight knife,
    So that's the purpose of the individuality packed, STERILE, scalpel blades.

    The Multi-tool has a 3" smooth blade, and a serrated blade for about any 'Sharp', but small utility work I need to do,

    And the larger, heavy straight blade (Becker) takes care of large cutting/hacking and light 'Chopping' work.
    I'm pretty well covered.

    Notice there is a light weight, but large enough to sharpen a machete if you needed to,
    Diamond sharpener included with the stuff I commonly carry.
    That things sharpens serrated blades, flat blades, fish hooks, hones small parts (like triggers or other firearms parts), ect.

    Makes for a VERY light weight, dependable package that covers about everything I need to take care of in the field.


    One thing I learned in the military (From actual field experience) and from a lot of camping/hunting is the sheath, belt and accessories you carry along with the larger knife are as important as the Knife (Knives) you have at any given point...

    The belt is what military 'Operators' call a 'Last Resort' belt,
    Paratroops call it a 'Riggers' belt,
    Training cadre call it an 'Instructors' belt,
    And there are other names for it depending on what branch/section of the military you are in,
    Or what 'Outdoor' discipline you subscribe to.

    Basically, what it is...
    A piece of rigging strap, like for heavy air drop rigging or parachute main straps,
    With a dependable, high strength, no slip buckle sewed in so it simply will not fail.
    The 'Buckle' has an attachment ring built into it for carabiners, rigging support, ect.

    I don't need to make a 'Swiss Seat' out of rope, or wear a swiss seat over my gear since this belt is in place for any 'Field Expedient' climbing, rappelling, safety belt use, ect.

    The Sheath is SILENT,
    It's keeps the knives/equipment SECURE (Lost equipment doesn't do you ANY good),
    The sheath is rigged so it mounts vertical, Inverted or horizontal depending on what you need to do with it during it's use.

    Only an IDIOT uses an inverted sheath in anything but all out combat situation.
    I don't know how many people I've seen with the 'Hollywood' version of inverted sheath on the web gear,
    With nothing but an empty sheath because they LOST THE KNIFE on the trail somewhere!

    I like SILENT,
    I like quick drying NYLON that doesn't leach acids/salts to rust things up like leather does,
    I like quick drying NYLON so the STITCHING doesn't rot out like it does on leather,
    I like LANYARDS to tie it off in several different positions, or to lend cordage to the camp construction or gear lashing.
    I like a RIGID sheath liner so the edge doesn't cut the nylon, and so I can store small items between sheith and liner.
    I like an OUTSIDE POCKET for my multi-tool, sharpener, ect. (some people call it a 'Magazine Pouch', but mags have their own place, and I don't need the extra weight of a loaded pistol mag when I'm hunting or camping).



    Safety Pins! These things are SO HANDY when you are camping!
    If you can't see the usefulness of a few large, solid safety pins, then you have never been out there where cloths get ripped, you need to attach something to your gear, you need to wrap your poncho around something for a shelter, ect.!
    There was a reason they used to be issued with ammo bandoleers and C-rations!

    I keep some fish hooks, line, sinkers taped to the back side of the sheath insert where you see the scalpel blades above.
    I've seen guys try and fish without this stuff, and it's usually VERY UNSUCCESSFUL!
    I can cut a 'Fishing Pole' fairly easily,
    I can find 'Bait', or even include some small 'Popper' type fish hook/lures in the insert, and I'm usually successful.

    There is no such thing as 'Too Much' cordage!
    I make lanyards out of cordage and attach them to the sheath,
    I wrap my knife handles in cordage so it's handy,
    I keep extra cordage in my 'Possibles' bag on the belt most times.

    In the same 'Cordage' category is a wrist lanyard on the knife.
    A lost knife, dropped in a stream, kicked out of your hand and lost down a hill side while chopping, ect. all mean your knife is just flat GONE.
    I never understood the necessity of a wrist loop on a knife until I joined the military and had a military instructor snatch the knife from me about 20 times in a row,
    And in a recent trip to Alaska, my Girl Friend dropped TWO knives,
    One down a ravine and one into a flowing river, so loosing a knife is VERY possible.

    I ALWAYS carry a light weight wrist band with the knife sheath.
    It's ALWAYS got a thermometer, compact compass, pace count beads on it.
    If you have never been out in the mountains or high desert at night, then you don't know you MUST have a thermometer to determine what measurer you need to take to preserve body heat or make external heat.
    The compass and pace count beads should be self explanatory.

    For those of you that haven't been in the military, or don't have land navigation skills well developed,
    If you know what general direction you were going, and how FAR out you went from initial starting point,
    Then you can calculate a general path back to your starting point, or any other destination you want.

    It's not very big, but you can stuff a LOT of 'What If?' stuff in there.
    Head net, bug spray, fire starters, ect.
    VERY good place for your 99 rain ponchos, survival blankets, Climbing carabieners ect.

    I still have never found anything as handy as the military canteen, especially the WW-II versions that were metal that you can boil/purify water in.
    The military canteen, canteen cup, canteen stove, canteen cover make a VERY light weight, compact and efficient way to keep yourself in cooked food and purified water.

  5. #14
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    MA, Away from the liberal loonies...
    Regular day to day it's the Leatherman Wave & a Benchmade folder. Either a Griptilian or the Presidio

    For away from the comforts of home I add a Swiss Army knife w/ magnifying lens (fire starting) and a Kershaw fixed blade.

    You can give peace a chance alright..

    I'll seek cover in case it goes badly..

  6. #15
    I like Leatherman Wave,
    The only issue I have with it is the handles don't 'Lock' into place, and when the pin joints get worn, you can't navigate it one handed anymore.

    Gerber isn't the tool the Wave is, but it locks into place.

  7. #16
    I have LOST so many knives, I almost don't need to carry one any more if I want to spend the time looking around wherever I may be at the time. I have one Kershaw which spent a winter next to my swimming pool in Boston, and spent another winter under a tree stand in Maine. I keep finding it in the spring though. If you want an idea of how many knives to own, count how many pair of shoes your wife has.
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  8. #17
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Northerns Georgia
    I carried a dozen knives when i was a kid,no exaggeration,a dozen,literally.Now i have a Stiletto and a Winchester multi tool,and a pig sticker i carry when im out in the woods.Cant never have too many.I would carry more if i didnt have two 5" 1911s.
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  9. #18
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    Jun 2011
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    How many knives is too many?

    When you are out of people to stick them in.
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