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I was most grateful to have my knife when...

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Appalachia, Jun 19, 2012.

  1. Appalachia

    Appalachia

    64
    May 28, 2012
    I was most grateful to have my knife when last february, I was hiking a 35 mile section of the Appalachian Trail in TN. On the second night, I awoke from a long, cold, icy wet night in the tent, throbbing with thirst. I grabbed the water filter and a nalgene out of my pack, and drowsily stumbled down a rocky side trail to the waterfall where I would filter water. It was very slippery from the previpus snow, I fel on to my stomach and started sliding down the waterfall on my stomach like a bobsled. Instinctively I let go of the water bottle (that was a different problem, lol) and grabbed onto a limb to save myself. At this point I was bruised, in soaking wet clothes in sub-20 degree weather. Bad situation. Shivering, I hiked up the trail quickly to the campsite, took out my BK7 and Griptilian, and I kid you not, had a roaring fire going in under 10 minutes. You work fast on the verge of hypothermia. From there I dried out all my clothes, bandaged up, and took thigs from there. If didn't have those knives, I might not be here today. I now understand the importance of a knife as a survival tool.

    So here's the question: When were you most grateful to have your knife?
     
  2. NightMare Silverado

    NightMare Silverado

    833
    Sep 2, 2011
    I was once attacked by a ferocious pastrami sandwich and used my tatical recon 1 tanto to cut it clean in two...

    I wish I could have cool stories but the most extreme thing I do is fish and cleaning a catfish isn't exciting.
     
  3. Goosey

    Goosey

    Mar 19, 2012
    When someone asks "do you have a knife on you"?

    Smug.
     
  4. Doogoon

    Doogoon

    971
    Feb 21, 2012
    Beach bonfire party where the hosts didn't bring any wood to burn after it had rained all week. BK2 made a fantastic fire out of the surrounding forest.

    And I'm so glad to have my Para 2 every day I eat an apple... which is every day.
     
  5. brets-ftw

    brets-ftw

    Sep 11, 2010
    helped a neighbor prune a bunch of fast growing plants, (bamboo, ginger, some kind of watery fern thing) his shears were in shambles but my 710 worked wonderfully, about as imminent knife use as I've ever had *knock on wood*
     
  6. Charlie Mike

    Charlie Mike Sober since 1-7-14 (still a Paranoid Nutjob) Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Nov 1, 2000
    I got off a 2 year felony probation that had a weapons restriction.
     
  7. JPD1998

    JPD1998 Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 18, 2004
    I was most grateful to have my pocket knife when , I needed gas for my car and the fuel door was frozen shut.

    Realizing I wouldn't be able to add gas to my almost empty tank, I got my pocket knife out and carefully pried the door open.
     
  8. KennyB

    KennyB

    Jan 19, 2010
    Pretty much this
     
  9. Bigfatts

    Bigfatts

    Mar 12, 2012
    My first job was in a grocery store and we used to play a lot of pranks on each other. Well I guess I got someone too good because I got pallet-wrapped to a poll in the back room. This was before my knife obsession and I hung there for about 45 minutes before I remembered my pocket knife. I managed to finagle it out and cut myself down. My revenge was swift and devestating.
     
  10. PropThePolecat

    PropThePolecat

    Jan 31, 2009
    Yep, i have tried this too last winter. I chipped away at the ice with my Pohl Force and carefully pryed it open.
     
  11. Tetsujin 140.6

    Tetsujin 140.6

    449
    Jan 4, 2011
    After a bad car accident.
     
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  12. zuluninja

    zuluninja boricua grinder Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 25, 2009
    + 1. Also cool to pry the top off a cold one with a spine.
     
  13. Rapt_up

    Rapt_up

    909
    May 4, 2012
    Been a knife nut since I was a child.. Wish I knew where the first knife went... Too many times I've used my knife in too many ways.
    .. Some highlights...
    Sharpening masrchmallow/hotdog sticks at age 8, opening newspaper bundles daily at ages 12 through 17, cutting free tangled lines on deck of a boat that were threatening to tip/destroy the boat at age 16, cutting emergency firewood/staring fires for troop of scouts I was helping lead at age 19, opening boxes, packages, letters, food packs at ages 19-now, skinning deer, carving tough meat at fund raiser picnic and the plastic knives don't cut it... :D etc...
     
  14. AussieKnifeNut

    AussieKnifeNut

    50
    Jun 7, 2012
    I was on a hunting trip with a mate and we set up camp for the night. We knew ir was going to be a cold night so my mate decided to put the tent about 6ft from the fire. I told him he was a dick head and to move it before it melted. I was promptly told to piss off as he knew what he was doing. I told him that there wasn't a hope in hell of me sleeping in the tent (we were hiking so could only carry one tent and I was looking for any excuse not to sleep in it). I grabbed my Becker BK2, hacked down a few limbs and made a very nice lean to shelter. I also have a 6x4 ft tarp and laid that on the ground, dug a trench (which happened to run right in to the path of my mates tent) and was set for the night. It would have been an hour after going to sleep I woke to hear muffled "sh*t sh*t, f#$k". My mate is out of his tent trying to put out the small fire on his tent caused by an ember. He gets is out but there is a 1ft wide hole in the tent. I asked him if he was right and got a grunt. The greatest sound came about 20 minutes latter, the pitter patter of rain :D
     
  15. MACHAVEN

    MACHAVEN

    104
    Aug 26, 2006
    Returning from fighting bush fires all day I noticed some cattle pinned in a corner against the fence with flames slowly encroaching in the waist high grass. Fortunatley I keep an AK47 bayonet under my truck seat. It has hole through the blade and used in conjunction with the scabbard is a good wire cutter. No roast beef that night!
     
  16. defaultuser

    defaultuser

    May 3, 2006
    I was at a soccer kid tournament and one of the kid on my son's team had some sort of cord bracelet on his wrist. Their first game was about to start when the referee noticed this bracelet. The coach tried to untie it from the poor kid's wrist, to no avail. My son then said: "cut it off. My dad has a knife; he always have a knife!" :D (way to go buddy!)

    I discreetly opened my Emerson CQC-10, with two hands :))), and carefully cut the bracelet from the kid's wrist so the game could start. Nice pat on the back from the coach, with a heartfelt "Thanks man!".
     
  17. TwinStick

    TwinStick

    Jan 21, 2011
    Sadly, in NY State, that would be a crime. We are not allowed to have a "weapon" on school property or functions ! & we live in a farm community. Sad.
     
  18. pialia

    pialia

    489
    Feb 11, 2012
    The kid couldn't wear a bracelet in a soccer tournament? If it was an MMA fight I wouldn't wonder about it... what was the reasoning? :D
     
  19. Runsalone

    Runsalone

    Oct 22, 2003


    Me too. Janurary. Rained all night. Sometime in the morning the temp dropped radically and when it was time to go to work I had to pry my trucksicle door open. Abuse I know.....Emerson cqc-7. Only $100 + knife I ever got specifically to beat the dog crap out of. And its still goin strong. Makes a great ice chipper, Lol.
     
  20. KennyB

    KennyB

    Jan 19, 2010
    I suppose I could elaborate for kicks and giggles..

    I wound up running out of gas in a hard snow, on a dangerous back country road. Lucky enough to have been carrying around a can of gas at the time, but the gas hatch had a half inch layer of ice over it. Wanted to get the heck off that road because it was about 18 F out, snowing like crazy, pitch dark. So I grabbed my Izula, knocked the ice off with the pommel, picked out a little to get the tip in and pried the hatch open. Handled it just fine.

    Now of course if I had any sense I wouldn't have ran out of gas, and would have remembered about the lug wrench in my spare kit that has a good pry-bar on it. My thought was basically, "I need to get out of here, $60 knife with a no questions asked warranty," and just got it done.
     

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