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Best emergency folding-knife opening method (stud-hole-flipper-disc)

Discussion in 'Wilderness & Survival Skills' started by ukknifer, Mar 10, 2010.

  1. ukknifer


    Jan 30, 2010
    Hi All,
    What is the best one-hand opening method in case of emergency?
    I am talking about when you loose control of fine motor skills. When having shock, numb fingers, injured fingers, extremely cold or hypothermia in the fingers etc

    What folder opening system would you rather have?
  2. hollowdweller


    Sep 22, 2003
  3. Calebklyne


    Aug 5, 2009
    a hole for me you can at least hook it onto something if all else fails
  4. awad


    Oct 16, 2009
    i just recently got a waved knife and that would be my choice. you can hook the wave on anything and it'll open.
  5. jfn


    Aug 24, 2009
    Fixed blade :)

    Failing that, probably spydie hole.
  6. cp2u


    May 17, 2009
  7. Marcelo Cantu

    Marcelo Cantu

    Jan 18, 2003
  8. tonym


    Mar 18, 2008
  9. adorable_harree


    Sep 7, 2007
    Auto. Seriously. Replaced a lost Kershaw Lahar with a Gerber 06 auto. Thanks for this thread kind sir. Never seriously thought about it, seems like packing both a small fixed blade and an auto knife is a good idea.
  10. AeroNautiCal


    Jun 24, 2008
    I guess that the OP may be UK based, so fixed blades and auto's may not be the choice of carry vis -a- vis legality!

    I practice opening my SAK and Leatherman's without using the usual methods, just as I practice fire starting single handed (the idea came about following a thumb injury to my left hand, making firesteel holding difficult).

    Perhaps consider the option of opening your folder before it becomes difficult to do so, if you think that it may be used (and its possible to do so).
  11. iBlade


    Jul 24, 2008
    flipper, like a wave but less chance of it accidentally opening when getting it out of pocket,bag etc.
  12. hlee


    Dec 5, 2005
    Use two hands. Pay attention. It would suck to injure yourself while trying to cope with an emergency.
  13. ukknifer


    Jan 30, 2010
    Cheers guys,

    Yes a fixed blade is cool but there is more chance of finding a folder on myself than a fixed blade.
    I take a fixed blade to the woods but a folder in town.
  14. ukknifer


    Jan 30, 2010
    What if you are hanging with one hand to a cliff , building, tree, car, person, and your free hand is numb or have broken fingers?
  15. phaserrifle


    Apr 8, 2008
    fixed blades are not a problem (unless he doesn't have a legaly vaid reason to carry, in which case it would be a slipjoint, and we are down to 2 hands or spyderhole)
    but autos are out, as are balisongs (although I doubt anyone would suggest one)

    out of interest, how does this work?
  16. AeroNautiCal


    Jun 24, 2008
    This scenario is partly the reason I bought the Buck (Whittaker) Lumina 777T as it is specifically designed to be used one handed, whilst hanging off a cliff, for the times when you need a razor sharp knife... and the light to enable you to see to use it!

    The 5w multifunction LED is waterproof, gives surprisingly good light and can be used with or without the blade open.


    I have a couple of 'em for the times when you need light and cutting capability, one handed.
  17. AeroNautiCal


    Jun 24, 2008
  18. tltt


    May 1, 2008
    Butterfly. Seriously.

    Latch can get caught on something to open it if injured, nothing to get gunked up, and excellent strength.
  19. PayetteRucker


    Aug 4, 2009
    the only folder I use on a regular basis has a thumb hole, it's a S&W Urban Ops Karambit (cheap POS I know) but it fits my niche perfectly. I use it as a water knife while whitewater rafting, for cutting lines in an emergency, IE, raft flips and I get tangled in a line. I tie a wrist lanyard around the thumb hole and pull the lanyard, which opens the knife and secures it around my wrist in one smooth motion.
  20. Orozcov


    Nov 15, 2000
    You can use your teeth if the blade protrudes enough from the handle... of course unless you have so bad luck that your teeth are also broken...


    Jaime Orozco.

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