Re: Sheath Knife Problem
Steve Souza (76703.633@COMPUSERVE.COM)
Thu, 30 Sep 1993 07:31:12 EDT
quoting From: "Settummanque, the blackeagle"
> a good pocket knife (especially the "swiss army kind") would be able to do
> anything that the sheath one can...and safer.
Mike, I'll take exception to your statement above...
Though I have owned and carried a "Wenger" (the _other_ real Swiss Army
knife... but we can get into that some other time) for over 20 years, I
would never claim a pocket knife could do anything that a sheath knife can.
I guess it's the woodsman / hunter in me, but there are a lot of things that
a sheath knife is designed to do, and does well, that a folding knife (of
less than 6") does poorly or not at all.
1) cutting (hacking) through thick (2"+) branches (for building a lean-to).
2) splitting (small) firewood.
3) skinning medium to large game.
4) heated in the fire and used to help clot a large wound.
5) attached to a long pole as a spear for fishing, etc.
There are lots more things, but these came quickly to mind. When trained how
to use the different knives (all with different purposes) a woodsman can
function (survive) for extended periods in relative comfort, but trying to
use the wrong tool for a job will either take forever, or get you hurt.
Using a small / folding knife for things it wasn't designed for is just as
wrong as using a sheath knife to pick you teeth.
I suppose most Scouts today are not trained in woodsman ways, but that's no
excuse for teaching them untrue or incomplete things about knives.
The youth in our Explorer Post can do things like hunting on a Scout outing,
and they sure better not try skinning a deer with a pocket knife. (or even a
jack rabbit). (Most boys are also not instructed on how to properly hold a
folding knife so that their finger(s) are not laid across the slot the blade
folds into, in the event of accidental folding...)
Anyway, my 2-cents worth, and then some...
> 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".
See above... maybe it's time to take the kids out of the city and show them
some outdoors (survival) skills <g>. (Ask a Green Beret if he'd rather have
a folding knife or a sheath knife if he could only have one... <g>)
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