Re: Sheath Knife Problem
Settummanque, the blackeagle (WALTOML@WKUVX1.BITNET)
Wed, 29 Sep 1993 01:57:12 CDT
Nathan Brindle <NBRINDLE@INDYCMS.BITNET> writes:
>The "Guide to Safe Scouting" makes a vague but understandable point:
>If there really isn't any use for a sheath knife except to clean fish
>(or, I'll grant, some other specific use you might think of), why carry
>one? A good pocket knife will cut anything a sheath knife will, and it's
>safer and lighter to carry. The only reason I can see for a boy or adult
>to carry a sheath knife is to be Mr. Macho. :)
This I agree on and I feel was the reasoning that the BSA decided NOT
to market sheath knives anymore (since about 1975, I seem to
>The instructors at Wood Badge (C-28W-93) were seemingly of two minds on
>this subject. They strongly recommended NOT carrying a sheath knife for
>the same basic reasons outlined above, but then added, "If you just <must>
>carry a sheath knife, carry it correctly--in your pack or on the <back> of
>your belt so it doesn't get jammed into your leg (the instructor was pointing
>to other specific anatomical parts at the time:) if you fall."
Yes, I can see the *reasoning* (laugh) for that....at the same time, a
good pocket knife (especially the "swiss army kind") would be able to
do anything that the sheath one can...and safer.
>No Scout or Scouter (IMHO) needs to be carrying a sheath knife. There's
>just too much temptation to show off or play around, particularly on the
>part of boys who have the same problem with pocketknives. Why complicate
>the issue? (Again, granted, there are times and places where they are
>undoubtedly appropriate--but not on a NORMAL basis.)
When I was a Scout, my Scoutmaster one evening showed us EVERYTHING
you can do with a "Boy Scout pocketknife". Being a Army Drill
Instructor, he had a lot of military-oriented things (drawing in the
sand, using it as a sundial, etc...) but he had a lot of
Scouting-related things too (for example..he used the short
screwdriver head to demostrate that you can measure distance on a topo
map with it; the lenght also) and he showed the proper usage of each blade
and even showed us how to oil and clean the thing.
The next week, the local Scout distributor was all out of
pocketknives. I've carried one in my pocket since then.
When I became a Scoutmaster, the "MacGyver" craze forced me to
remember some of what my Scoutmaster taught me, and when the BSA went
for a while to usage of the swiss blades as it's "official knife", I
was ready to show them some things that they could do with it.
Of course, the extra blades (including the saw, the magnifying glass,
and the fish scaler) didn't hurt things either.
The McAlpin's store in Lexington (The closest place where Scouts
could get items like that to where we lived) was out of knives
within the next two weeks (I know; I had to order the knife that I
have now from the BSA supply people; I gave my "swiss army everything
knife" to my former father-in-law, whom knew a good knife when he saw
My Scouts never saw a need for a shealth knife because they were
taught how to use their pocket knives...both in camp, as well as in
"real life". A pocket knife is really useful when nobody else seems to
have a Phillips-head screwdriver; when you are trying to punch a hole
in leather or plastic or even soft metals; when you are trying to
score a piece of paper for tearing (don't use the main blade for
this...use the sharpened edge of the can opener blade instead...)
stuff like that...
Don't do *those* things with a sheath knife...you'll end up cut!
Or if not cut, you'll end up with a larger hole or a bent blade tip or
something which would ruin the edge of the knife.
When I went to my first Reserve drill meeting, someone needed a
screwdriver to tighten their chair. Immediately, I handed over my
pocketknife to the man, whom tightened the chair and handed it back to
me. "You're a Boy Scout Leader? How can I get one of those knives?
That's one of the better ones I'd ever seen".
Mike L. Walton
(proud keeper of a seven-year old BSA deluxe pocketknife!)
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