Re: Sheath Knife Problem
Sean Keeler (cimshop!KELLEHER%DISNEY@UUNET.UU.NET)
Mon, 27 Sep 1993 17:19:31 PDT
Please be sure not to throw out the baby with the bathwater. Setting rules
about knives is appropriate, and must be measured by the need for specific
tools. You can't have kids playing mumbly-peg with Bowie knives, but sheath
knives do have a place.
Many years ago when I was in Sea Scouts, part of our working uniform
shipboard was a sheath knife with leather wrist ring. We all thought it
looked great, but only when it saved a life did we realize why our skipper
enforced the rule that it be worn at all times.
During a multi-ship summer cruise, a member of another ship tripped on a
flaked line, got a bit tangled and fell overboard. Because he had his sheath
knife readily available, he was able to cut himself away and pop back to the
surface not much worse for the wear. Granted, he might have made it in any
case, and his crew was in the midst of a "man overboard" evolution when he
surfaced. (Our ship was alerted by horn signals too and was already moving
to respond. Amazing what a little training does for you!) But maybe the
knife was indeed the savior. For certain, nobody on our SES Poseidon, Ship
817, ever walked the deck without a knife after that.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City