At the last Soldier of Fortune show in Las Vegas, I purchased a Cold Steel Vaquero Grande. Next Monday I brought it in to work to show some of my friends (carefully carried in an overnight bag - the guards would have had words with me fer shur, fer shur!).
When showing it to one friend who is not particularly knowledgeable about knives, I pulled it out of the sheath, opened it one-handed, and handed it to him (handle-first). He made some comments about the possible uses of such a blade, and then attempted to close it like a liner-lock. Since it's a lock-back, that didn't work very well. Then he gave it back to me, open, and I showed him how to close it, using the left hand for the blade and the right hand for the lock.
A long time before I had told him of the advantages of a one-handed knife, easy to open and close with one hand, using my A. T. Barr folder as an example. So, perhaps naturally, my friend asked if this knife could be closed one-handed. I assures him it could, and to demonstrate, re-opened it with one hand and closed it using only my right hand. We then took a quick trip to the secretaries office, because I knew she kept a good supply of band-aids! That thing did a JOB on the back of my right index finger!
Like many of you have mentioned, I really should have gotten a few stitches, but contented myself with band-aids and bacitracin ointment. I was able to dispense with the band-aids after 2 weeks, and by now, 3 months later, it isn't even very painful, but it has certainly left me with a permanent reminder of my new toy.
[This message has been edited by Marvin Edgeworth (edited 27 January 1999).]