Re: Lock Back/Sheath knives
Paul H. Brown (phbrown@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Thu, 8 Jun 1995 18:24:44 -0400
On Thu, 8 Jun 1995, Carey Probst wrote:
> The explanation I received at Woodbadge as to why sheat
> knives were banned at many scout camps was not the safety of
> the knife itself, but of the sheath and method of carry.
> I was told that most accidents with sheath knives occur when
> the scout falls and the knife penetrates the cheap sheath it
> is carried in and then penetrates some part of the scout.
And the scouts insist on carrying the knife in front of them, rather than
on their hip. The way we're designed, when we fall we fold forward (right
into the knife). Hunters (who have a good reason to carry such a knife)
generally carry in on the hip.
I don't think a better sheath offers much additional protection.
We tell the scouts that all their knife needs can be met with a pocket
knife. While not strictly true (ever clean an official scout knife after
cleaning a fish with it? Ugh!), it is a good reason to limit scout knives
to the folding variety.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City