Do you carry a knife when running/jogging?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by cgmblade, Sep 29, 2009.

  1. cgmblade


    Jun 4, 2009
    I live in the ex-urbs and like to run on rural roads. It's not unusual for owners to allow their dogs to run lose. While I've never been attacked, not all the dogs I meet on my runs are friendly.

    I often carry an old Delica 3 with me while running. At 1.9 oz clipped inside waistband I don't even notice it. I prefer the Delica 3 over the Delica 4 for this particular application because of the lighter weight although I have on occasion carried a gen 3 Endura without any problem.

    I like having a blade with me because you never know when there will be a piece of string that needs to be cut or a cardboard box opened.

    Does anyone else carry a knife while running/jogging and if so what kind?

    Below are some pictures of my old Delica 3.





  2. rwasham


    Mar 27, 2009
    I carry my s30v native when out running. I live on the shifty side of campus (the one where all the people get raped and mugged) and I like to be safe.
  3. Nebulae


    Aug 24, 2009
    I cary a knife with me everywhere its allowed (and even when its not somtimes). so if I went running I would.
  4. Puny Human

    Puny Human

    Jan 20, 2009
    I carry a boker cubclaw in my waistband when jogging. If something goes wrong, I'll more than likely not be able to sprint out of the situation unless it's at the beginning of my jog, so I always bring it. I don't even feel it to be honest.
  5. cgmblade


    Jun 4, 2009
    The Native is a great choice too. At about 2.6 oz it's still very light and it would probably be better for self-defense if you ever found yourself in such a situation. I like my Native and am really impressed by the edge holding ability of the s30v blade.

    Be careful out there and hopefully you'll be able to out run anyone who wants to cause you problems.
  6. De4thStr1ke


    Oct 20, 2008
    Same here. If your concerned about personal safety then you should always carry, even when it might be a little uncomfortable to do so. But, as you said, with the light weight of your Spyderco it's hardly felt. Plus you never know when you might need said knife for something other than SD applications, and it's better to have and not need than to need and not have.
  7. rmc85


    Nov 27, 2008
    Some Fox Labs pepper spray would be about 10,000,000 times better to use against dogs.
  8. Razzierb


    Jun 26, 2003
    Delica 3 is my choice as well for a light weight exercise knife although I don't relish the idea of going toe to toe with an agressive dog with just a pocket knife. That doesn't sound very fun ... :cool:
  9. Hitthespot


    Mar 2, 2008
    When Walking I carry a knife, a light, a cell phone, and Pepper Spray. When running I carry a cell phone, a light, and pepper spray. I have had to use the pepper spray on dogs while running. They love to chase something running away.

  10. Zigosity


    Jan 7, 2009
    I usually carry a small camelbak with a knife in it as well as my phone, a light, some energy-food-stuff, etcetc when I go running. I haven't been out in a while though, messed up my right knee a few months ago.
  11. dalefuller

    dalefuller Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 2, 2005
    Agreed. You're much more likely to get away w/o injury if you temporarily confuse some of a dog's primary senses (smell and sight) and then leave the premises quickly. A knife is not a good weapon against an angry (or even worse, rabid) dog. While you can inflict serious and even fatal wounds with a knife, you have be far too close to do so w/o incurring injury yourself.

    Dogs are not fast when they attack... they are sudden, and they are flat out. No pulling punches with them. The shock and confusion of pepper spray is more likely to give you the time you need to get away than a "stand and fight" attitude will. That's just a challenge to an already aggravated dog.

    The other advantage for you is that you are more likely to avoid a possible confrontation with the dog's owner by using non-lethal pepper spray. Granted, the original problem is caused by the dogs' owners not keeping them in a safe place, but many people who own dogs are absolutely unreasonable about allowing their dogs to roam at will and expecting everyone else to accept that situation. More than once, a person acting in self defense has found themselves in a violent confontation with the dog's owner.
  12. Hitthespot


    Mar 2, 2008
    Maybe I should carry a knife when running. ;)

  13. dalefuller

    dalefuller Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 2, 2005
    :) I carry one everywhere, even when running, but it isn't for dogs or people. It's mostly because I've carried one for 55 years now and I don't feel dressed w/o one on me somewhere. And I have occasionally found the usual knife chores when I'm out running.

    That said... my comments to the OP are based on the experiences of the dog people that we train with. Some of them are LEOs (K9 units), others are breeders or trainers who take their dogs through attack and bite work in the normal course of training dogs to do certain jobs. The consensus seems to be that some dog owners can be as dangerous to antagonize as their dogs are.
  14. Hitthespot


    Mar 2, 2008
    So very true. Some times they are the instigators.

  15. Alberta Ed

    Alberta Ed

    Jun 29, 1999
    I tuck a large Voyager (tanto, generally) into my waistband. So far haven't needed it, but I have had occasional encounters with dogs, usually resolved with a large rock, beer bottle or well-placed kick. I blame the irresponsible owners more than the dogs.
  16. cgmblade


    Jun 4, 2009
    rmc85 and dalefuller are right. Pepper spray would be the better option. Don't know why I've never bought any. There are even occasions on my job when it might come in handy. But I think I'll still carry my knife just in case I come across a pesky piece of string, lol.

    Seriously, on those few occasions when I have had trouble with dogs I've so far been able to get away just by stopping, facing the dog and slowly backing away. I like exploring new roads when running but when I learn that there is an unpleasant canine around I choose a different route the next time.
  17. orca8589


    Jan 27, 2007
    I don't run, but I do ride my bike several times a week. I carry a Gen. 2 Endura, clipped to my waistband, and it's the perfect size & weight for that. I've been looking at small pappersprays too, since I ride next to a dog park.

    thx - cpr
    Last edited: Sep 30, 2009
  18. udtjim


    Sep 4, 2007
    I admit that I don't carry a knife to bed. However, everywhere else, I do.
  19. T Schloz

    T Schloz

    Oct 3, 2001
    I always have a knife in my waistband. I bicycle as well, and have a can of Fox Labs pepper spray mounted right on my bike. So far I have not had to use it.

  20. Parker77


    Jun 7, 2009
    I carry a knife everyday working, walking and running. That being said I think a surefire light is a good idea when running at night. You can blind an attacker, human or K9, and use the edge of the light to furture make the point that the attacker has made a terrible mistake selecting you. Plus if you get injuried you can signal for help with the light.

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