Re: lock back knifes?
Pierre A. Berube (pb159@WWA.COM)
Wed, 7 Jun 1995 13:19:44 -0500
I realize Bill, that we all can argue till the cows come home on the
issue of lockblade knives, however quoting the "Guide to safe Scouting"
is really not the answer but a guide line. the only thing is mentioned is
the sheath knife is heavy and awkward. But a knife with a canopener on it
yes it is a handy tool. All knives are tools and the proper tool for the
proper job should be used.
BSA sells a Bucklite lockblade that is 1/4 longer then the BSA folding
knife which is much safer. However I believe people are thinking that
just because it has a canopener on the knife it makes it legal. Well what
about the lockblades that have a canopener on it, i guess that makes it
Well it may sound humorous of all the double interpations but I took the
liberity on calling National and speaking to the Director of Camping and
conservation and he stated " that lockblade knifes or safe and ok
providing local laws aggree."
Now alot of people will say that locking blades will promote gang
violence, hogwash we are talling about a useful tool that is safe and
easer to handle than the folding knife that is used in control conditions
at a boy scout camp or outings (not on some streets)
I would like to know howmany accidents occured with folding knives vs
lockblades. We will be astonded that 1st year scouts that get a folding
knife will fold on there fingers most of the time when useing on any
simple cuting job.
As a Blind scouter the lockblade knife is the only tool I use
If I need a canopener I use P-38 that is safer than the canopen on the
Bill, and the others I really like the responce and getting alot feedback.
ASM Troop 127
Blackhawk Area Council
On Tue, 6 Jun 1995, BILL NELSON wrote:
> >Can't talk about USA , but here in UK a court has defined lock-blade
> >knives as " offensive weapons " . It was a County Court ruling and has
> >not been appealed , but at present that is the state of the law.
> The BSA Guide to Safe Scouting says:
> A sharp pocketknife with a can opener on it is an invaluable backcountry tool.
> Keep it clean, sharp, and handy. Avoid large sheath knives.
> They are heavy and awkward to carry and unnecessary for most camp chores
> except for cleaning fish. Since its inception, Boy Scouting
> has relied heavily on an outdoor program to achieve its objectives.
> This program meets more of the purposes of Scouting than any other single
> feature. We believe we have a duty to instill in
> our members, youth and adult, the knowledge of how to use,
> handle, and store legally owned
> knives with the highest concern for safety and responsibility.
> References: Boy Scout Handbook, Bear Cub Scout Book, and Wolf Cub Scout Book
> Remember: local policies may differ and local laws take
> When in doubt, check with your local District Scouting Executive
> that is one reason they are there.
> Bill Nelson
> Webelos Den Leader, Pack 878 ASM, Troop 14
> Unit Commissioner, Tempe District, Grand Canyon Council
> Phoenix, Arizona USA email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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