What knife is in your bugout pack?

sabre cat

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Awesome for helping out at your church, man. Perhaps something like a Mora, especially in blue or orange, wouldn’t be seen as a weapon? A Companion would partner well with a SAK.

I dislike the knee-jerk “all knives are weapons” mentality.

So do I.

In my neck of the woods, most rescue shelters are set up on school district property. Because the district has a zero weapons policy that includes knives, it automatically extends to any rescue shelters on campus.
 

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I wouldn't have anything to do with a church that has a "no weapons" policy. I'm not going to be a sitting duck for anyone.
But here is my bug in knife - My gorgeous Carothers U/F in D3V with ECAM scales.

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It is not my church that has a “no weapons” policy.

And, you are right, that knife is gorgeous. Some knives are works of art.
 

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It's a get home bag, and I'm embarrassed to say that I don't know what knife is currently in it... let me go look...

It's a Cold Steel Mini Tac in the Bowie configuration, and a Leatherman Rev.

Thanks for making me go look. There's a couple items I've taken out of it that need to go back in.
 

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While I would plan to stay in my home for most disasters, I do keep a BOB for the edge cases that aren't "most disasters". Current knives in it are an Ontario RD7, Mora Companion and a Victorinox Swisstool. I quit including folders when I realized that I was very unlikely to like any folders I was willing to assign to BOB purgatory more than whichever one hand opening folder and SAK that I was actually EDCing at the time I needed to grab a bag and flee. Once I realized that, BOB folders just seemed like extra, unnecessary weight for my personal situation.
 

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Fallkniven F1. Mora HD Companion. I may switch out the F1 for a bigger blade in Carbon Steel. Like my Terava 140.

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I can’t help but feel a get home bag is probably a better idea for most people than a BOB.

Keep a portable fire resistant file box for documents at home and maybe a little extra food and water to grab on your way out the door.
 

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...I quit including folders when I realized that I was very unlikely to like any folders I was willing to assign to BOB purgatory more than whichever one hand opening folder and SAK that I was actually EDCing at the time I needed to grab a bag and flee. Once I realized that, BOB folders just seemed like extra, unnecessary weight for my personal situation.

I kind of feel that way about a multi-tool in a BOB but, I still have one.

My wife and I both have dedicated multi-tools in the vehicles.

A fixed blade and a multi-tool is logical combination. I can see less of a need for a folder if you go that route.
 

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City dweller here. If the SHTF all laws still apply, even more so around my parts of the country. So nothing prohibited, just a SAK.
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Wow, that is a big SAK. I had an 08 Soldier and got rid of it because of size and weight.

With all the extra features on yours it must weigh a ton.
 

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I'm not a big fan of "Bug Out" but rather prefer to "Bug In" but I do have a "Get Home" bag or three and to contribute by equally values two-cents to the thread I would respectfully suggest the following:

Rural:
Becker BK9
Mora (why not? Light and cheap performer.)
Leatherman (scissors and saw are quite handy) *
SAK - whatever suits your fancy; scissor, saw and tweezers come in handy *
Cold Steel Recon 1 drop point or SR1 drop point *

Urban:
Becker BK2
Mora (again, why not? Light and cheap performer.)
Leatherman (scissors and saw are quite handy) *
SAK - whatever suits your fancy; scissor, saw and tweezers come in handy *
DPX HEST or a Cold Steel Recon 1 tanto or SR1 tanto *

(*) The Leatherman (or multi-tool de jour) and/or SAK and/or folder should be on your person anyway.
 

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Wow, that is a big SAK. I had an 08 Soldier and got rid of it because of size and weight.

With all the extra features on yours it must weigh a ton.

Haha, yes at 7.3 oz it's a chonk alright. But compared to say a Leatherman Wave which weighs 8.6 oz, or compared to one who carries a fixed blade and some kind of folder or multi-tool, it's a pleasant tradeoff.

Living in a densely populated metropolitan area, if the SHTF situation happened we'll most likely end up standing in line for cots or a tent at our locally designated evac station (local high school gym, stadium field, race track, etc). So I don't have to travel far and 7.3 oz in my pack is really nothing. Besides I'm a knife nut so the extra tools in the SAK are my splurge:).

In our Califonia home my wife and I each have about a 30L day hike pack for our BOB. All of the evac centers are schools, sports fields, etc..

In our Washington home we each have 70L backpacks that include tent, sleeping bags and cooking gear. The evac centers in my part of WA are generally wide open fields. We backpack regularly with these anyway so we're accustomed to the weight and keeping them at the ready for BOBs when we're not actually backpacking.

I've been evacuated twice already, during the magnitude 6.9 Loma Prieta earthquake in '89 and the Oakland Hills firestorm in '91.
 
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It is not my church that has a “no weapons” policy.

And, you are right, that knife is gorgeous. Some knives are works of art.

That's good to hear. Most churches I have heard about are sitting duck zones.
 

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I kind of feel that way about a multi-tool in a BOB but, I still have one.

My wife and I both have dedicated multi-tools in the vehicles.

A fixed blade and a multi-tool is logical combination. I can see less of a need for a folder if you go that route.

I'm almost of the same opinion on the multitool myself. I have one on my belt most of the time for work and have one in most vehicles. I guess the big differences for me are that there are more times that I'm without a multitool than a folder and the multitool adds a lot more functionality in combination with, say, the Mora than a folder would. While there would be a near zero percent chance that I wouldn't have both available on my person or in my vehicle, I suspect I'd miss the multitool more than the folder if I didn't have one in an emergency.
 
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I keep a camping bag in the car if that helps, it's got a SAK Camper in it. Have had to BO for real, forest fire that got 50 yards from the house before they brought it under control and have lived through war. Disaster is something I take seriously but personally I find the BO concept to be very area specific and fantasy for the majority. This is what 'bugging out' is in reality.

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...I've been evacuated twice already, during the magnitude 6.9 Loma Prieta earthquake in '89 and the Oakland Hills firestorm in '91.

I was called to state active duty for the Loma Prieta quake. The state called up the National Guard Engineers and I just happened to be their only medic.

Maybe we waved at each other or something.
 
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