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    Do you carry a knife while riding?

    I'm looking into the buck knives. Do you carry one and what do you carry?

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    yes, a diving knife. More as a tool than anything else.
    "Prepare for unforeseen consequences"

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    Ditto.

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    swiss army one hand trekker for me. I normally carry a W. R. Case and Sons copperlock or trapperlock but the swiss army is light and has more than one use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by p_h
    yes, a diving knife. More as a tool than anything else.
    is there an advantage to carrying a diving knife over some of the others?
    i was thinking about a tactical knife.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roc865
    I'm looking into the buck knives. Do you carry one and what do you carry?
    I carry a multi-tool that has a small knife. I also often carry a folding saw for impromptu trail maintenance. I've never thought of mtbing as an opportunity to procure game, thus I've never carried a buck knife. I suppose if I were going on a long primitive bikepacking journey I'd consider going all Alexander Supertramp, but rarely am I more than one days journey from civilization; for that distance Bear Grylls wouldn't need a buck knife.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wbmason55
    I carry a multi-tool that has a small knife. I also often carry a folding saw for impromptu trail maintenance. I've never thought of mtbing as an opportunity to procure game, thus I've never carried a buck knife. I suppose if I were going on a long primitive bikepacking journey I'd consider going all Alexander Supertramp, but rarely am I more than one days journey from civilization; for that distance Bear Grylls wouldn't need a buck knife.
    those buck knives seem solid and i would want something a little bigger than a swiss army because you never know what you're going to encounter on the trail.

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    I always carry a Gerber Evo Jr. serrated knife with me - its my cut-my-own-arm/leg-off-to-get-out-from-under-a-boulder knife.

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    I normally carry a small pocket knife. Nothing too big. Mostly as a tool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bwheelin
    ... you never know what you're going to encounter on the trail.
    I guess, but by that logic, you should also carry a portable defibrillator, a Glock, an EpiPen, fuel, rope, carabiners, snake bike kit, maybe even a chemical warefare gas-mask, multitool, tubes, quick-link, derailleur hanger, rear derailleur, water purifier, one months worth of food, -30 degree sleeping bag, duct tape, extra beer, whistle, compass, bungy cording a spare bike to your back is a must(to cover all possible mechanical woes),this is a small fraction of what you would need. After all, you never know what you're going to encounter on the trail.

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    I guess, but by that logic, you should also carry a portable defibrillator, a Glock, an EpiPen, fuel, rope, carabiners, snake bike kit, maybe even a chemical warefare gas-mask, multitool, tubes, quick-link, derailleur hanger, rear derailleur, water purifier, one months worth of food, -30 degree sleeping bag, duct tape, extra beer, whistle, compass, bungy cording a spare bike to your back is a must(to cover all possible mechanical woes),this is a small fraction of what you would need. After all, you never know what you're going to encounter on the trail.
    Actually, most people don't need any of that stuff; a holder for their Starbucks coffee and a pocket for their 4G smart phone should do it. Just start riding at one parking lot, follow the herd to the next parking lot and you'll be fine.
    If you should head into unknown territory, on a bike or otherwise, you should be prepared. On longer trips into the backcountry, I always carry a first aid kit, windproof lighter and my trusty Buck Mayo Hilo. GPS, spare batteries and map. We take water purifiers in the summer if we are going to be out more than eight hours or so.
    Or, just stay on the well marked trails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bwheelin
    is there an advantage to carrying a diving knife over some of the others?
    i was thinking about a tactical knife.

    Its all one piece, fairly durable and stainless steel. Also, due to its intended use, it actually locks into the sheath which is plastic, and does not come unsecured unless you push a button near the handle. That said, you can still pull it out without issue if need be.
    "Prepare for unforeseen consequences"

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    Quote Originally Posted by wbmason55
    I guess, but by that logic, you should also carry a portable defibrillator, a Glock, an EpiPen, fuel, rope, carabiners, snake bike kit, maybe even a chemical warefare gas-mask, multitool, tubes, quick-link, derailleur hanger, rear derailleur, water purifier, one months worth of food, -30 degree sleeping bag, duct tape, extra beer, whistle, compass, bungy cording a spare bike to your back is a must(to cover all possible mechanical woes),this is a small fraction of what you would need. After all, you never know what you're going to encounter on the trail.

    Hold on there. Let's not be too sarcastic. I do and have carried many of the things you deride. In fact, I was psychologically saved on one epic ride: I was nearly out of hot water when another rider pulled out a water purifier . . . . Saved - - fresh, cool H2O.

    You better knock on wood.

    Edit: To the OP: I carry a knife.

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    I carry as much safety equipment as my pack will comfortably allow, it may be the difference between a lonely death in the woods and telling you grand-kids how you almost died in the woods. I would carry a larger fixed blade knife if there was more dangerous wildlife where I ride, but I'm not that lucky.

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    I carry a Leatherman everywhere even accidentally through airport security once. That sucked.

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    Im almost always carrying a leatheman skeletool cx multitool. Saved me from various situations. Fixed an outboard engine in the middle of a lake, a collapsed bike carrier on the freeway amongst others. Knives are very handy.

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    i carry a knife while i ride in case somebody tries to jack my ****, i shank em...

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    SOG on my camelback strap.

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    i carry a knife 24/7 just because...if i think theres danger i carry my 9mm(concealed carry). The knife i normally carry is a piranha bodygaurd.

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    If you're thinking of using a knife for anything other than trail fixes you should think again. A knife is a deadly weapon, 95% of the time when you need to use a deadly weapon a knife leaves you at a disadvantage compared to a fire arm. And If you didn't "need" the deadly weapon then you escalated by producing the knife.

    If you need protection carry the most effective tool for the job. Less than a fire arm you should just use pepper spray foam/gel. There are no winners in a knife fight.

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    rip this thread...

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    The best tactical knife I've found is the
    CRKT M16. I've been using one for years.
    However for an all around pocket knife I
    really like Swiss Army.

    Best, John

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    I grew up carrying a 12" machete I was 4 then, then is I grew machete grew ,now I carry a 4'' (by law ) pocket knife is just a habit now, but it has help in a lot of occasions.

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    I like the idea of a Multi-tool. Leatherman, Sog, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmmorath
    I carry a Leatherman everywhere even accidentally through airport security once. That sucked.
    Heh. To quote Todd Snyder, I bet they made you do stupid human tricks.

    Made a similar mistake once myself; the TSA folks made me stand on one foot with arms spread while one guy pointed a pepper spray at my face as I was searched..

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    When I'm riding.

    The knife fits in the hatchet handle.

    Plus this.


    Plus a small folding knife (4") on my pack strap in case I need it quick.
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    I always carry my trusty lock blade for protection or as a utility blade.

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    My multitool has what I need for wrenching. In case I need to cut something, I have a Spyderco somewhere on me: light, compact, easy to open and close, cuts well. Mine is a plain edge one, unlike what is in the picture.


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    Don't always carry it, but when I do I carry a Leatherman multi utility knife. Blades never seem to dull, are super sharp and has a few nice other little goodies on it. Also take along the folding saw in case of fallen trees etc. Never carry a knife, whatever for protection on the trail, most of the times if you need it, by the time you get at it it's too late anyways, bicycle will serve as a better weapon.
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    Light weight Leatherman.
    And a light weight folding camping saw that eats through four inches of pine in mere seconds (if I leave my riding gloves on).
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    A small blade of some sort should be part of any tool kit. I carry a small single blade pocket knife. If I rode in wilder places, I'd carry something bigger.
    Use it, use it, use it while you still have it.

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    I'm surprised what I carry is legal but I bought it off the shelf from REI. It's a folding knife with a 6" blade that is "spring assisted". I can open it with one hand and its almost a switchblade.

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    I cary a small pocket knife - I've put one in each camelback. In my car I carry a nice SOG multi. Sometimes in the spring or fall I will throw my folding saw in my camel back to trim back some branches etc.
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    I always have a small Spyderco in my back pocket and a multi tool in my pack. (actually the multi tool's first trail use in 2 years was last weekend when a fellow rider had some debris lodged in his rear cogs)
    earn it on the up, but do it for the down

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    I've been wondering about this knife things for a while. It seems to be mainly a North American thing.

    Can someone what is the advantage of a dedicated knife over a multitool like a swiss army knife or a leatherman?

    I can understand a multitool, or a folding saw. I've not been able to figure out what major use a single, larger blade provides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wbmason55
    I guess, but by that logic, you should also carry a portable defibrillator, a Glock, an EpiPen, fuel, rope, carabiners, snake bike kit, maybe even a chemical warefare gas-mask, multitool, tubes, quick-link, derailleur hanger, rear derailleur, water purifier, one months worth of food, -30 degree sleeping bag, duct tape, extra beer, whistle, compass, bungy cording a spare bike to your back is a must(to cover all possible mechanical woes),this is a small fraction of what you would need. After all, you never know what you're going to encounter on the trail.
    Im sure ITunes App store has an App for all of that.
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    It all comes down to experience in the situations you'll find yourself in. Realistically, what do you think you can fix or what jamb do you need to escape from? Personally, where I ride, I'm never more than an hour walk to civilization or a phone call and pick-up from a nearby road.

    I've got a swiss army in my pack. Don't know what model or even all the tools on it. It's about 3/4" thick. I've used: large and small blades, both screwdrivers and the bottle opener. I haven't used: cork screw, awl, can opener, magnifying glass, tooth pick, tweezers, scissors, saw blade, fish hook remover.

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    Quote Originally Posted by womble
    I've been wondering about this knife things for a while. It seems to be mainly a North American thing.

    Can someone what is the advantage of a dedicated knife over a multitool like a swiss army knife or a leatherman?
    I am not North American,,,

    A bike multitool has just about all I need for fixing the bike on the trail. But it does not have anything I could use for cutting. I suppose a Swiss army knife would be OK for me, except my Spyderco is even easier to keep with me and cuts better.

    Why do I want to cut something? I might need to make a walking stick or cut some clothing for first aid. There's probably some emergency bike repair where being able to cut stuff helps. In my experience, as soon as I forget to keep a small knife or a lighter with me, I need to cut something or light a fire Actually, a knife is often useful if you do need to make a fire.

    Large knife? I don't usually feel the need to drag a big blade with me, unless I plan to be out in the woods for days, and know I need to cut something.
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    Quote Originally Posted by womble
    I've been wondering about this knife things for a while. It seems to be mainly a North American thing.

    Can someone what is the advantage of a dedicated knife over a multitool like a swiss army knife or a leatherman?

    I can understand a multitool, or a folding saw. I've not been able to figure out what major use a single, larger blade provides.

    For an outdoorsman, a knife is the most basic tool. You can cut things with it for fabrication of items such as a splint, crutch, wound wrap, stretcher, tournequet, water collector, fire starter, it can release you from entanglement, fabricate fasteners and ties, dig, pry, and if needed procure and prepare food.

    The Skeletool CX extends the usefulness by adding pliers, wire cutters, a carabiner and a screw driver. Its very basic.



    One can be 1 hour from a road, or 5 minutes, it doesnt really matter. You dont need a knife, until you do. Its saved me from quite a few situations.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bing!
    ...it can release you from entanglement.
    True, this has always been a big problem for me when I'm out riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wbmason55
    True, this has always been a big problem for me when I'm out riding.
    I see you have foreseen all possible circumstances when out riding. Entanglement can include a camelbak hitched on a branch on the side off a cliff with your full weight on it. Or say a branch through a knee guard, while youre wearing it. Good luck with your foresight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wbmason55
    True, this has always been a big problem for me when I'm out riding.
    You can easily get caught up in brush or a tree on clothing and camelbaks after bailing.
    shoe lace in your sprockets, fishing line booby traps (not everywhere, but some places)

    I also carry a SOG multi tool in the pack. the knife is on my chest straps for access without taking my pack off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ratmonkey
    If you're thinking of using a knife for anything other than trail fixes you should think again. A knife is a deadly weapon, 95% of the time when you need to use a deadly weapon a knife leaves you at a disadvantage compared to a fire arm. And If you didn't "need" the deadly weapon then you escalated by producing the knife.

    If you need protection carry the most effective tool for the job. Less than a fire arm you should just use pepper spray foam/gel. There are no winners in a knife fight.
    wrong, the winner is the guy with the knife

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marko G
    wrong, the winner is the guy with the knife

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marko G
    wrong, the winner is the guy with the knife
    Until he comes up against the guy with a gun. Like the guy said, no one wins in a knife fight
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    In a knife fight, the most essential thing is to get your body out of the path of the blade. A distance of a mile or two is about right.

    That failing, a broom stick or bicycle gives more reach than a knife.

    "it IS possible that you are faster or slower than anybody else who is having at least as much if not more or less fun"

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    Quote Originally Posted by bing!
    I see you have foreseen all possible circumstances when out riding. Entanglement can include a camelbak hitched on a branch on the side off a cliff with your full weight on it. Or say a branch through a knee guard, while youre wearing it. Good luck with your foresight.
    I don't wear knee guards. ....Anyways, I do really like those Skeletools, though I don't own one. Also a big fan of the Spyderco that pertime posted, sadly I snapped the blade on mine in half, using it as it was not intended to be used.

    Admittedly, I think I misunderstood the OP when he said "buck knife." When I was growing up, a buck knife was just a common name for a big, fixed blade knife that I would use to field dress a deer. I could never imagine myself mtbing with one. However, I now see that Buck Knife is also a proprietary name for a knife company with an entire fleet of folding knifes. That makes alot more sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JDaniels
    Until he comes up against the guy with a gun. Like the guy said, no one wins in a knife fight
    First thing first, getting out of a dangerous situation should be ones first option.

    The guy with a gun only has an advantage beyond arms length you silly Long range, the knife is a deterrent against a similar or lesser armed attacker. Against a gun, draw out the knife only in close quarters, which in all likelyhood means you have already run out of other options. Grab the armed arm, pointing it away from you and stab

    Unarmed, you are 99% sure to be a victim.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marko G
    wrong, the winner is the guy with the knife

    Well assuming the other guy didn't just keep riding faster than the guy with the knife.

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