Survival-Pax Blog: Survival-Pax Updates & The Importance and Usefulness of a Pocket Knife

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Survival-Pax Updates & The Importance and Usefulness of a Pocket Knife

Now that things are getting more settled down here after the store launch,  we will be setting a course towards getting a more streamlined routine with Blog, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

In the upcoming weeks, expect some more great YouTube videos, along with great Blog posts. Subscribe to our Twitter feed and"Like" us on Facebook to get notified when we post updates to Survival-Pax.

As a hint for what is to come, we will be looking into the concepts of: Mindset, Skillset and Toolset and how they relate to survival and preparedness, in all aspects. Also, look out for some great product reviews and tips. For now, if you haven't seen it yet, take a look at our Quark MiNi 123 Review on YouTube.

Usefulness of a Pocket Knife:
I don't know how many of you reading this carry a pocket knife. I would guess that a large number of you do. I would also guess that a large number do not. This is unfortunate. The rest of this post can be summed up in this next sentence: Start carrying a pocket knife with you and you'll be amazed at how useful it is.

The Kershaw Scallion is a personal favorite of mine.
After carrying a knife with me everywhere for many years now, I really wonder how I ever lived without one. It is one of the things that I carry with me everywhere (well, except for on airplanes). If I have pants on, I have a knife clipped on my pocket (except for on airplanes).

There was a time when nearly every man, and many women, had at least a small pocket knife with them at all times. It was normal and expected. Now, fast forward 50 or so years and you get weird looks from people if they see you using it. It seems like today, some people are even in denial of reality.

Let me explain. I was volunteering in a hospital and one of the nurses needed to cut a piece of medical tape. She was struggling to tear it for a while. I noticed what she was doing, stood up and walked over to her. I pulled out my pocket knife and quickly cut the tape for her. She then looked at me with a puzzled look and said, "What do you need to carry a knife around for?", as if she was just hit with a moment of amnesia and forgot what I just did. Well, for one, I carry a knife to help nurses who are struggling to tear medical tape.

I guess that's just the mentality of far too many people nowadays. Maybe people are less responsible today. Maybe they are less worried about being prepared. Maybe they are more naive. Who knows... I know one thing, however, I choose to be prepared and do not like to be inconvenienced. As a person who wants to go about his day as efficiently as possible, being prepared for the tasks at hand, a knife is a tool that should be taken as part of your every day carry Toolset (look out for this word as you'll be seeing it a lot from now on).

The Blitz/Nerve by Kershaw is a great, medium-sized pocket knife.
That's just it, I carry a knife as a tool, not as a weapon. Primarily, that is what a pocket knife should be, because that is what it will be used for the VAST majority of the time. I understand that an emergency situation may require the use of a knife in a defensive role and that this aspect should be considered when choosing a knife, however, if you are to carry only one knife, it is to be, first and foremost, a tool. I'll also mention that some choose to carry a secondary knife tactical/defensive blade, but, in my opinion, that should only be considered once you have specified a primary knife as a dedicated tool.

Alright, let's get back on track here. The usefulness of a knife is surprising and cannot be fully appreciated unless you actually carry one around. So many every day tasks require cutting. Whether it's opening a package, cutting rope, cutting plant material, peeling an apple or picking a splinter out of your hand, a knife has many many uses.

The Boker Plus Keycom is small enough to fit on a keychain.
Like I mentioned earlier, having a knife on you at all times allows for you to efficiently go about your day. When you have to cut something, you no longer have to look for scissors or a kitchen knife. All too often, those items might not even be available. When outside of the home, for example, you'd be hard-pressed to find a pair of scissors. Don't be caught in a situation without the proper tools if you can help it. At best you'll be inconvenienced. At worst, someone may lose their life. There have been situations where a person's life was saved through the use of a pocket knife. Here's one such situation.

With some of the small, portable and functional knives out today, there is little to no excuse for not having a knife on your person. You do not have to spend a lot to get a quality knife. Good quality knives that will last for years can be had for about $20. One such example, is the CRKT Drifter.

I'll end with this. Being prepared is a Mindset (uh oh, here's another word to be on the lookout for). It is not something that just happens. You have to choose to do it. A good start is to carry the proper tools (Toolset). One of the most useful tools that you can have on your person is a knife. It would serve you well to have one with you.

Take care guys!
Simon - Survival-Pax Team Member

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