Re: Sheat Knives
Jim Beesley (Hoowah6@AOL.COM)
Tue, 27 Jun 1995 16:02:13 -0400
<What I meant was any injuries *caused* by the fact that the knife <was a
straight or sheat knife
Now, I'm not real bright (and there are lots of people who will attest to
that!) but in my experience as a Scout, scouter, and soldier, NO injuries
have EVER been caused just because a knife was a knife, just as a firearm
can't jump up and shoot someone by itself <VBG>. But I have seen scouts (and
soldiers) hurt themselves with knives by not following the simple safety
rules that we all know.
In the troop I was SM of, in addition to BSA policy, we made a special point
to make sure none of the boys had a "Rambo" knife or any sheath knife, for
that matter. This caused much consternation to my SPL who spent a big chunk
of money on a "survival" knife with about a 7 inch blade, which he never got
to use on a scout trip. The adults set the example (most of the time) by not
carrying a big knife, either.
By the way, even in combat I got a lot more use out of my Swiss Army knife
than my Kabar, and I haven't found a use for a sheath knife on a scouting
outing yet that couldn't be accomplished better with some other tool :).
ex-SM, T146 FT Leonard Wood Mo
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City