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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.

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by bing!
    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 mean you have already run out of other options.

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

    Never have pulled out my multi tool in anger....never been a victim....

    Seems to me you got the odds wrong...

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    I always carry a spork, that way I'm ready soup, salad, whatever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffscott
    Never have pulled out my multi tool in anger....never been a victim....
    And thats how it should be. We don't really want trouble do we.

    Never had any problems on trail. Around here, trail rats are mostly hot beverly hills milfs in those oh so tight lululemon yoga tights. But I have had problems on the road. Been attacked through my car window in a parking lot rage incident. Its kinda hard to fight back sitting in the drivers chair while somebody is pummeling you from above. I bumped him on the head with my folded multitool. Ruined my freakin shirt I shoulda sued, but it was only a shirt

    Lesson learned, never get out of the car.

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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.
    Speed, strength, handling and sometimes length. That's it.


    Ever since I've read the following article, which I read shortly after encountering a cougar on a trail near my house, I carry a knife clipped to my sternum strap that can be reached and opened with either hand. It also has a whistle and a small flashlight.


    A dive knife would probably be a better option though, so I've been considering upgrading...

    http://www.seattlepi.com/local/81142_coug02ww.shtml
    Attacking cougar killed with pocket knife

    Saturday, August 3, 2002

    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

    VICTORIA, B.C. -- A 61-year-old man won a life-and-death struggle with a cougar outside a small northern Vancouver Island village, killing the animal with his 3-inch pocket knife.

    Dave Parker was jumped from behind while walking on an industrial road about a mile south of Port Alice, a village of 1,300 about 230 miles north of Victoria.

    The retired pulp.mill worker was attacked by a 100-pound adult male cat, conservation officer Ken Fujino said.

    "It was thin but by no means starving," Fujino said from Port Hardy, the nearest sizable town.

    "There was no indications as to any physical injuries that we could see that may have provoked the attack."

    Parker was mauled, but managed to get to his folding pocket knife Thursday evening.

    "A lot of people carry knives out here, or bear spray," said Port Alice Mayor Larry Pepper, a friend of Parker. "People are quite conscious of the fact there's cougars here."

    Pepper said Parker managed to turn on the attacking cougar and slit its throat.

    Despite extensive wounds, Parker managed to walk about a half-mile to a forest mill's log-sorting area. Late-shift workers rushed him to Port Alice's tiny hospital.

    "Because of the seriousness of his injuries they took him by ambulance to Port Hardy and flew him down to the hospital (in Victoria)," said Fujino.

    Parker underwent surgery Friday to repair his wounds and was expected to recover in the intensive-care unit. He was in critical but stable condition.

    Pepper said Parker liked to hike and was in good physical condition.

    Royal Canadian Mounted Police Constable Jeff Flindall said police found Parker's knife next to the carcass of the dead cougar.

    "It is a pocket knife and it is approximately 3 inches long," Flindall said from Port Alice.

    Fujino said there have been a spate of cougar sightings around Port Alice in recent weeks.

    "Generally as a whole cougar attacks are fairly rare," he said.

    However, the village was the scene of a serious cougar attack two years ago.

    A Seattle tourist was cycling outside Port Alice when he was jumped by an injured cougar. A passing motorist saw the man struggling with the cat and waded in to chase it away. The animal was later tracked and killed by conservation officers.
    You probably don't have to worry about mountain lion attacks so often in New Zealand or Europe. They really like bikers- activates the chase instinct.
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    Quote Originally Posted by perttime
    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.

    My brother had a Spyderco Police edition, and that thing was Freakin sharp. Spyderco makes some high quality blades.

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    The knife is the most basic thing a person should carry. Not just on the trails, but in everyday life.

    On the trail for me it's usually a small Gerber or Browning lock blade. Small enough to fit in my kit bag.
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    Yes I do. I make Kydex sheaths and I have a Surefire blade I made a sheath for the front strap of my Camelbak. I figure it is a tool like everything else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stratosrally
    I sometimes have trouble deciding ...

    Easy, It's the one that's big enough to cut off your arm with.
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    I carry a Swiss Army Deluxe Tinker and a CRKT Stubby Razel. Both great tools, just different uses. I carry them everyday and everywhere. As far as some people fearing knives being dangerous weapons, lighten up. Almost ANYTHING can be a dangerous weapon. A rock, a phone book, a brake cable, a rolled up magazine, a heavy purse, high heels and steel toe boots, being 6', 275lbs with a short fuse for people in cars who are too weak to stop at stop sings like I do on my bike, almost anything, even this keyboard I am typing on. All of these things can be tools or weapons, it just depends on the brain and hands wielding them. Lighten up or study martial arts and marksmanship.

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    New multi tool from steep and cheap.
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    I wonder if Leatherman makes a sonic screwdriver multi-tool - for entanglement of a quantum nature . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by bing!
    And thats how it should be. We don't really want trouble do we.

    Never had any problems on trail. Around here, trail rats are mostly hot beverly hills milfs in those oh so tight lululemon yoga tights. But I have had problems on the road. Been attacked through my car window in a parking lot rage incident. Its kinda hard to fight back sitting in the drivers chair while somebody is pummeling you from above. I bumped him on the head with my folded multitool. Ruined my freakin shirt I shoulda sued, but it was only a shirt

    Lesson learned, never get out of the car.
    see, call me crazy, but if I had a knife, and was being pummeled like that, id stab the dude in the jugular...

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    I carry a pocketknife with a clip under my shorts on my hip. If I am going far, I have a Leatherman or a swiss-army type knife in my h2o pack.

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    Anyone know where I can get a handlebar mount for this baby?
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    I pack a knife. Ive been actually looking into a utility piece like the one picture above. Pretty cool.

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    Carry my Leatherman and pepperspray in my camelbak and a very sharp SOG clipped in my pocket.

    I should really carry my pepperspray somewhere easier to access so as to avoid the immediate situational escalation that drawing a knife leads to...but I haven't found a good solution to that. I'm more than willing to use my knife if need be, but I should really probably get some training because with my very basic knowledge of knife fighting, I'm more of a liability to myself than a potential enemy. Hence why my knife is used solely as a tool unless the SHTF.

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    Yep. Kershaw scallion. it goes everywhere i do. You never know when you need to cut something. Or somebody :-P
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    And on my longer rides

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    I carry a knife at all other times, why not riding?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nenbran
    Carry my Leatherman and pepperspray in my camelbak and a very sharp SOG clipped in my pocket.

    I should really carry my pepperspray somewhere easier to access so as to avoid the immediate situational escalation that drawing a knife leads to...but I haven't found a good solution to that. I'm more than willing to use my knife if need be, but I should really probably get some training because with my very basic knowledge of knife fighting, I'm more of a liability to myself than a potential enemy. Hence why my knife is used solely as a tool unless the SHTF.
    If you think you are going to need to use pepper spray or a handgun it shouldn't be in your pack. You'll almost always want one of those in a hurry.

    I'm fortunate that neither are of any use to me when I ride so I don't have to carry them. I don't get to save any weight because I use a hatchet quite often so I always carry one.
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    Yep. Open assist Kershaw goes with me on every ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by S_Trek
    Easy, It's the one that's big enough to cut off your arm with.
    IIRC, the blade he used was dull and short. If I could work up his kind of nerve, only that little Gerber w/ the hobby knife blade would be out of the running...

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    Quote Originally Posted by picassomoon
    Anyone know where I can get a handlebar mount for this baby?
    That's an interesting handle on that knife. I assume that one has more than one function. Chain tool, perhaps? Leather punch/awl? Can opener? Hammer?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheepo5669
    And on my longer rides

    I'm familiar with the Scallion, but what exactly do ya carry on long rides?

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    Quote Originally Posted by whos that guy
    My trusty Ka-Bar... Never really know when you'll need it, but it's not bad to have.
    nice to see yer not a weight-weenie!

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    I'm familiar with the Scallion, but what exactly do ya carry on long rides?
    Damn, well that ruins the joke. If I wernt so tired I would try to repost em.

    It's a grenade in my bottle cage.

    Pretty funny eh???

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    <3 my new Kershaw LEEK

    It will be with me no matter where I go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trail Ninja
    If you think you are going to need to use pepper spray or a handgun it shouldn't be in your pack. You'll almost always want one of those in a hurry.

    I'm fortunate that neither are of any use to me when I ride so I don't have to carry them. I don't get to save any weight because I use a hatchet quite often so I always carry one.
    Hence why I went on to elaborate that I should have my pepperspray closer at hand, but that I haven't yet found a suitable solution.

    I'm well aware of the weaknesses of my setup.

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    leatherman wave stays in my backpack. actually used the mini scissors once, kid on trail had cut his toe & had it wrapped with about 15' of gauze hah, trimmed it up for him & taped it up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nenbran
    Hence why I went on to elaborate that I should have my pepperspray closer at hand, but that I haven't yet found a suitable solution.

    I'm well aware of the weaknesses of my setup.
    Ok, sorry. how about this? On most packs I have there is a little mesh pocket on the strap that looks like it's for a cell phone. Would your spray fit in that? an elastic band or tiny bungy cord would keep it in place but you could yank it out in a panic situation. if the band broke, it would still be worth it for the ease of access.
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    Being a weight weenie I leave my katana at home when biking and carry a 4 inch benchmade folder.

    I also carry a titanium taurus pt111 millenium pro (still a WW)

    If i have jedi training, ill take yoda's lightsaber anytime seems small and light and can still do the job right.

    I also have a swiss army knife keychain.

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    leatherman multi-tool and a cold steel push dagger! I do own other very serous knives but those are for the zombie apocalypse.

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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 used the wire cutter in my leatherman C4? to free a kangaroo once "entrapped" in a fence. A pity I didn't have a larger version as it took ages and ruined the cutters, but at least the 'roo was free.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wombat
    I used the wire cutter in my leatherman C4? to free a kangaroo once "entrapped" in a fence. A pity I didn't have a larger version as it took ages and ruined the cutters, but at least the 'roo was free.

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    That's a great story to be able to share...

    Was it relatively approachable? I hear they can be pretty dangerous when cornered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bing!
    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.
    I was referring to dedicated knives rather than multitools that happen to contain a blade. I've been carrying a swiss army knife around for hiking/camping for the past couple of decades and it's definitely been useful.

    I almost bought a Skeletool the other day, but concluded that I have almost zero use for pliers whilst mountain biking.

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    Yup, Leatherman here also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by womble
    I was referring to dedicated knives rather than multitools that happen to contain a blade. I've been carrying a swiss army knife around for hiking/camping for the past couple of decades and it's definitely been useful.
    Here's one way to put it:

    many carry a separate chain tool because the one on the multitool is not all that great. They rarely need to use it but prefer to have a good one on them, especially as it is not a particularly heavy or bulky item.

    "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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    <3 my new Kershaw LEEK
    Leeks are cool i might buy one.

    Kershaw is awesome though. truly American company.

    I broke a Scallion that i had for 10 years and they sent me a new one asap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wombat
    I used the wire cutter in my leatherman C4? to free a kangaroo once "entrapped" in a fence. A pity I didn't have a larger version as it took ages and ruined the cutters, but at least the 'roo was free.

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    How close did you get to the roo? Those buggers can be pretty intimidating up close!

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    when i was a boy at ninja school on mt.fuji, i was taught to do anything with mind power and my hands............and duct tape

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheepo5669
    Leeks are cool i might buy one.

    Kershaw is awesome though. truly American company.

    I broke a Scallion that i had for 10 years and they sent me a new one asap.
    Very good CS

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    I bought this in the early '80s

    The other side is stamped "By KAI JAPAN" "2100"

    It's a Kershaw Rotary Lock... my first "fancy"knife.

    Still have it after all those years,surprising considering I was just a high school kid when I picked it out!
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    i always carry a knife. period. i use a 7 inch tactical knife. imagine yer riding through a pretty old trail and it's starting to get ingrown by trees and stuff. well you got yer knife to cut some limbs or branches.
    mine has actually come in handy a couple of times. i was riding and my belt got cought on a branch and my bike came out from under me and i found myself snarled up in a big mess of branches and belt hemp. i just used my tac knife to slice off the branches and strings.
    but lately i just carry my stanley SUK
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    everybody makes mistakes. this whole thread is one of mine enjoy.http://forums.mtbr.com/downhill-freeride/yellow-catapult-equator-bike-625231.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by womble
    I was referring to dedicated knives rather than multitools that happen to contain a blade. I've been carrying a swiss army knife around for hiking/camping for the past couple of decades and it's definitely been useful.

    I almost bought a Skeletool the other day, but concluded that I have almost zero use for pliers whilst mountain biking.

    Its all good. We carry what we feel we must. Or we can carry nothing at all.

    For me, the skeletool is part of bunch of stuff that I carry everywhere.

    Wallet, house keys, car keys, cellphone, skeletool and a watch.

    Its easier that way rather than having a special knife for special occasions. Carrying something all the time is good for muscle memory. You think less about it, and draw much faster.

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    ok two guys. one has a 8" bowie knife and the other has nothing. who are you goin to listen to? lol
    everybody makes mistakes. this whole thread is one of mine enjoy.http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=625231

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    Quote Originally Posted by Torch_racing
    ok two guys. one has a 8" bowie knife and the other has nothing. who are you goin to listen to? lol
    If the guy with the knife is acting threatening, I'll grab my 8' broomstick and hit him with it. Then I listen to the other guy to find out what is going on.

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