Skip to comments.Carry a Knife – Save a Life
Posted on 03/14/2012 7:02:14 PM PDT by marktwain
Gilbert, AZ --(Ammoland.com)- Quick thinking and a one-hand opening knife saved a construction worker recently, as posted by Seth on BladeForums.com. Below is his post (edited for readability)
I work in construction, mostly in copper fabrication and seamless gutters, but also a bit of everything. Last Friday, I was helping a co-worker do some roofing, We were installing Permaclad sheets, a very typical roof setup here, galvanized 26 guage steel sheets with a U-panel design. The roof was somewhat steep, but it was dry and we had decent traction. The sheets were 18 feet long x 3 feet wide.
I was about 14 feet up from the edge, marking out screw lines, when someone on the other side of the house sprayed water over the roof. Nobody will admit to it, but a wet Permaclad sheet can be like ice.
This house was built backing a gully, and from the front of the house, only 10 feet to the roof. On the back of the house where I was, it is about 35 feet drop to the ground. I started to slip, couldnt get up to the ridgecap, and nothing behind me to stop me.
Luckily, I remembered my 551 Grip (Benchmade Griptilian one-hand opening folder), yanked it out of my pocket, flicked it open and I slammed it as hard as I could into the (steel) sheet. The blade went through right to the thumb stud, and it held my weight. I spent about 2 minutes trying to remember how to breathe (well, maybe 20 seconds, but it seemed like forever) and my heart was beating like mad. When I looked behind me, I only had about 4 feet of panel before a long fall.
Thank God for having a good knife in my pocket. My only other tool was a 18v cordless drill for driving home, no harness, stupidly, as usually it becomes more of a nuisance due to lack of anchoring points on the roof. All I kept thinking was, thank God for a strong knife.
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Knives are arms protected by the Constitution.
I carry 2 multi tools with me. One is a small one on my keychain and the other is full sized and stays in my glove box.
I carry one clipped to the bib of my chest waders.
If I slip in the river, I want to be able to rip those waders open from the inside in no time flat.
knife Shrade SG7
flashlight coleman Max
I am ready for what ever life dishes out.
Why a spoon and not a spork?
Nope, I no longer travel to states that have restrictive knife or CCW laws. Not even for business. Sates that have CCW reciprocity with Colorado will get business. Others won’t.
That’s real smart!
never fished with waders but did some beaver trapping; had a knife somewhere but not that convenient.
The clips are kind of a new thing for an old guy...
I always carry a Leatherman Skeletool (has an outside accessable blade,) a SOG Twitch II (assisted opening knife,) and a Victorinox Classic SD.
I’ve been carrying a Leatherman Wave for more than a decade. Never had any trouble, even in Stalinois.
Leatherman is a heavy democRAT supporter. I wuld never buy their ommie crap.
I’ve carried a knife for about 50 years, since I was a boy. Never once used it as a weapon, but I keep it sharp. Just in case.
And that’s why smart people wear fall protection when doing roofing work.
Love them Benchmade knives. And CRKT. I have a number of assisted openers... I suppose by now I’m officially a “collector”.
My daily carry knife is a CRKT Fire Spark AO. My spare in my briefcase is a Benchmade Carson drop-point AO.
The jewel of the collection is a magnificent Benchmade Gold Class, damascus folder with a pure white mammoth ivory grip. It’s breathtaking. :-). But that one lives in the gun safe.
Wat back when the kids were still young we went fishing down at Port Aransas. We were in the boat near the end of the jetties ,anchored off with a bow line and maybe 75 feet of line.We were fishing for sheephead near the rocks so I dropped a stern anchor to keep us in one spot, just straight down. A coast gaurd cutter came through, kinda close pushing a helluva wake. The first wave hit and I realized the anchor was hung up and water came over the stern, the second wave was much larger , I had my knife laying out I was using for cutting bait. It was sharp. I used it to cut the anchor line before the wave hit saving us from being swamped and sunk. Since then I always keep an open ready knife anytime I am boating.
Not a knife story but a friend was at the fuel dock
on the lower mississippi when a tanker came up river
The bow wave sucked all the water away from the dock
his 24 foot boat went under the dock and then the water
came back up , crushed the top and console. he was lucky
to be in the cockpit. A real nightmare.
I carry an Emerson, and spend my time away from FR over at Bladeforums.com, happiness is a quality knife.
Much of they energy for the pending knife legislation in Georgia is coming from Bladeforums,in support of Blade Magazine’s annual “Blade Show” in Atlanta, right after Memorial Day. Many of the attendees have had issues navigating the patchwork of local ordinances down there.
You know, most people have no idea just how dangerous boating can be, you can go from silent night to jiffy pop in about three seconds. I see so many stupid people out on the water some days, overloading, people riding on the bow, crap like that. Every time I read about a water tragedy, drowning, whatever, it reminds me just how unforgiving the water can be.
Currently carry a 3” Buck lock-back. Very light weight, very good quality blade, very sharp. Use a diamond stone first then follow with a crock stick. If I have the time I finish with a jeweler’s hard Arkansas stone.
Am 64 now, past being dangerous. Would still like to own a Kukri. Think they are beautiful blades.
My personal carry knife is a Kershaw Scallion Assisted Opening. Never heard a complaint against this model except weight for some handle configurations.Mine has the stainless handles and s the heaviest. But, it is still light and ver usefull.
I used to belong to a salt water club and you hear
some eye opening tales, two friends were fishing
out of south carolina, were on the way out, one
was in the cabin getting gear together, when he
came topside his friend was gone. He searched the
area for two hours and finally came across his
partner treading water. yow.
Which reminds me, I need to add a .380 round to the ruger mag.
I carry a Puma Major, I also have been carrying since about 7-8, am 59 now. Get out on a job site and rules are, no personal knives. I understand why they do it but damn, I ain’t giving up my knife, no way. Have several old butcher steels from early 1900’s, I just love the way they put an adge on a blade.
I carry a Puma Major, I also have been carrying since about 7-8, am 59 now. Get out on a job site and rules are, no personal knives. I understand why they do it but damn, I ain’t giving up my knife, no way. Have several old butcher steels from early 1900’s, I just love the way they put an edge on a blade.
Open water, the last true free bastion of freedom.
Good tools. Both.
Most people who see the dive knife that a Scuba diver
carries thinks you have it to fight off sharks or something
else adventuresome. It is actually to free yourself if you
get tangled up in fishing line or cord of some sort. Most of
us sharpen them with a file so they have a sawing action on
rope. I carry my main knife on my calf, but have a small
folder on a clip over the sternum that is reachable if I
get too tangled to get to the other. Never needed them, but
don’t dive without them.
Coast Guard can still ruin your day if things are slow. Or any state’s DNR that wants to come after you. But I get the sentiment.
Knives and water just go together like wine and song!
I always have a good knife and gun on me.
Good thing he had a liner lock. Those old lock-back knives are useless in a situation like the one he found himself in; i.e., slam a lock-back knife into tough material like he did and it's highly likely it would've closed on his fingers. The locking mechanism on lock backs is very weak in comparison to liner locks (aka side locks).
On our farm we have a meat processing building where we butcher hogs, cattle, wild game. Many old friend in town (600 people) use it for wild game processing.
We have a walk-in box, commercial Hobart butcher’s bands saw, meat slicer and sausage mill. We make link sausage (beef) in a 4’ X 8’ brick pit with a draft hood. On a good day we can make about 250 lbs. of sausage. Not often enough lately.
As a consequence of that facility, I understand the use of a butcher’s steel. Beautiful edge and quick.
Out of sight of land and you are in the wilderness,
nothing wilder than the sea.
Absolutely right. No sailor should ever be without a good knife. I have several but the one I most often carry is a 4” Cold Steel Voyager, Tanto plain blade, that I got on my honeymoon, ten years ago, just before a transpacific voyage as crew in a square rigger.
Why would someone spray water on the roof? Only ten feet from the ground to the front edge, but considerably further to start it running down the other side. Would a lawn sprinkler do that? Or someone deliberately pointing a hose up there?
I’ve done some work screwing down metal roofing, and I used a ladder with ladder hooks on it, which you run up over the top of the roof. It makes things a lot safer, I would think, and it’s not much trouble.
Just wondering. And I certainly agree that it is ridiculous to have laws against carrying knives.
My dad always carried a Case brand pocket knife and he gave me one when I was about 8 years old, I carried it at all times, even in school. When dad passed away I got 4 of his Case knives, I still carry one of them. I gave one each to my two sons and they carried them at all times, even to school.
Recently I gave the other one to my 11 year old grand son, with the warning that he cannot carry that useful tool to school, he’d probably be arrested.
I had the SOG Trident, but found it didn't hold up over time in rough environments.
I'm carrying the Spyderco Dragonfly now and abolutely love it. Those who appreciate good knives will find it's very well made. It's also small enough for me to not notice it's there when I'm wearing jeans.
I will not tolerate a dull knife, If I am cuttiing meat, and a knife will get dull quickly, I need something that will give me an edge shortly.30 seconds on a good steel is all you need.
For many years I worked as a professional calligrapher. Would never be without my knife.
So, never assume a nicely dressed woman with an artist’s box can’t whip out her knife and sink it somewhere vital.
“SOG Twitch II (assisted opening knife)”
I love that knife. I bought 5 so I will have replacements. Nice and smooth, small enough for EDC. Conceals well in my dress pants. Sharp and quick opening. I love that flick!
Carry ALL the time!
Rule #9 “Never go aywhere without a knife” Leroy Gibbs.
Exactly why I put down my Leatherman and went out and bought a Gerber. Not sure where the Leatherman even is now. Military had bought it for me so i didn’t waste my money at least.
Cold Steel* makes a heck of a kukri. Very strong and heavy. A very wicked blade. * Cold Steel can be a little hit and miss on quality. Some things are magnificent (like their Trailmaster) and some not so much (like some of their swords).
Just don't do this, though:
1979...Hurricane Fredric... Mobile, Alabama.
Guy in West Mobile went up on his steep 2nd story roof a couple of days later to nail down some shingles that had blown loose, on the back side of roof.
Wanted to make sure he didn't slide off, so threw rope over roof.
Tied one end to car in drive way. Went up extension ladder in back and climbed up.
Tied it to his waist and started working away.
Wife came out to go to store or somewhere.
Got into car and backed out to the street.
Took off and a block away people started to point and shout. She didn't know what was wrong until 2 or 3 blocks later when a car pulled alongside and shouted "STOP" out the window.
She pulled over and ~~ SURPRISE~~
Saw people crowded around the back of her car.
You guessed it..........
She had pulled Bubba over the peak and off the roof.
Hit the ground and then was dragged down the street.
Anyway, someone called 911 and paramedics immediately took him to the hospital.
He survived but was in horrible shape.
Lesson learned: WHEN GOING ON ROOF, TIE ROPE TO TREE AND DON'T LET ANY OF YOU KNIFE CARRIERS NEAR IT.
Few people today have butchered game or livestock.
I like to cook and eat. hee hee hee
Also enjoy growing things around the place. Planted large addition to our orchard last year during the 100 year drought. Fought to keep them alive. Did OK.
Planted strawberries, blackberries, blueberries too. All did well except the blueberries. 1 of 4 of them survived, a 2nd might put out again but unsure yet.
Had a good garden last year, but had to flood water 2-3 times per week to keep them alive. No human living ever say weather like 2011. Between Oct. 1 2010 and Oct. 1 2011 we got 2-3/4” of rain. For the year. Started raining in Mid-October 2011 and we are back on track for a normal year (average 25” per year).
Victorinox Fireman model for me. Don’t leave home without it!