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

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

  1. ukknifer

    ukknifer

    423
    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

    hollowdweller

    Sep 22, 2003
    Lever
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  3. Calebklyne

    Calebklyne

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

    awad

    306
    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

    jfn

    758
    Aug 24, 2009
    Fixed blade :)

    Failing that, probably spydie hole.
     
  6. cp2u

    cp2u

    375
    May 17, 2009
    Wave.
     
  7. Marcelo Cantu

    Marcelo Cantu

    Jan 18, 2003
    Gravity
     
  8. tonym

    tonym

    Mar 18, 2008
    +1:thumbup::cool:
     
  9. adorable_harree

    adorable_harree

    184
    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

    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

    iBlade

    446
    Jul 24, 2008
    flipper, like a wave but less chance of it accidentally opening when getting it out of pocket,bag etc.
     
  12. hlee

    hlee

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

    ukknifer

    423
    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

    ukknifer

    423
    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

    phaserrifle

    745
    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

    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.

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

    AeroNautiCal

    Jun 24, 2008
  18. tltt

    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

    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

    Orozcov

    217
    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...

    Saludos.


    Jaime Orozco.
     

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