"Good reason" to carry a knife

Discussion in 'American Knife & Tool Institute' started by James Mattis, Jun 18, 2000.

  1. iambware


    Jan 15, 2010
    i carry a knife because i am afraid of animals... mainly bears.
  2. Dusty One

    Dusty One Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 12, 2004
    At sixty I have carried a knife as long as I can remember. If I am in the woods I will probably have a few on me. And I'll bet that each day its been used a few times.
    Its the handiest thing a person can have in there pocket.
  3. dl351


    May 5, 2006
    I like the idea that's been mentioned:

    "It's better to have and not need, than to need and not have."

    More than once, some of the people who know I carry a knife and wonder why have asked to use it. After a few rounds of that, they stop asking why I carry a knife.
  4. godot


    Oct 12, 2003
    Because my state doesn't allow one to carry a loaded gun.
  5. jayinhk


    Apr 25, 2006
    I thought of a really good reason a few nights ago, and I can't remember it now. I really should have written it down. :(
  6. SterlingIV


    Mar 18, 2010
    For Tens of thousands of years, a man would make one for survial. period
  7. Tim-Gabz


    Nov 24, 2003
    I carry because I can't think of a good reason not to. TIA - This Is Africa and I need a SAK and a sheath knife. Came across a squished puff adder yesterday and when I walk I carry a staff. Highschools don't allow them, private jnr schools don't mind a small SAK so long as the screwdriver is not liberally used on equipment.
    Last edited: Apr 8, 2010
  8. woody d

    woody d Banned BANNED

    Jan 29, 2010
    because a knife is nothing more than a tool.
  9. Professor

    Professor Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 6, 1999
    Because my Wife won't let me carry my gun.

  10. singularity35


    Mar 1, 2010
    why do you ask?
  11. dialex


    Oct 8, 2002
    Because a knife is the most handy and versatile tool.
  12. CapitalizedLiving

    CapitalizedLiving Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 1, 2007
    Because they stab people and make them bleed profusely. I can think of a lot of situations where this is a good thing.
  13. TheCarbideRat

    TheCarbideRat Banned BANNED

    Sep 10, 2008
    Work, security, utility.
  14. Output


    Apr 19, 2010
    Utility is at the top of the list.
    Last edited: Jul 9, 2010
  15. Cash427


    Mar 27, 2009
  16. RichardBoyer


    Aug 6, 2009
    I use my knife to cut my apple into bite sized pieces.
  17. CJ Buck

    CJ Buck Moderator Moderator

    Apr 15, 1999
    Gentlemen, this thread was started by a real knife legend, James Mattis, who since passed away. He started it as a reference for people to use and the stabbing comment is not in the spirit of this thread and actually does the industry harm so please post responsibly.
    GABaus likes this.
  18. Doc4570


    Jan 18, 1999
    It was nice to see James Mattis' name pop up
    after so many years. He was quite a gentleman.
  19. Output


    Apr 19, 2010
    My apologies…

    As mentioned previously, utility is at the top of my list. I use my knife on a daily basis to peal an apple, open packages, or at least cut into media that I cannot tear open or bite open with my fingers and teeth.

    I find it funny that people ask me why I carry a knife (even at work)…but it is normally the same people that come to me when they need a knife to open something or cut packaging.

    Knives are tools, possibly even the most useful and basic tool ever invented. Without knives you wouldn’t be able to eat, cook, or complete other tasks nearly as effortlessly as you can when you have a knife.
  20. mymindisamob


    Feb 1, 2005
    Because my teeth aren't sharp enough and my fingernails aren't tough enough..

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