Knives to carry with your flight jacket

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  1. Earloffunk

    Earloffunk Well-Known Member

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    Thought this one might be a little bit more useful than the socks...

    This is my (almost) edc knive:

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  2. robrinay

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    Not an easy thing to do in the U.K. you have to be able to prove ‘just cause’ to carry a knife in public eg going to a friends garden to prune fruit trees. ;)
     
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    Anyone interested in a Falkniven F1 (swedish Airforce) brand new in box?
     
  4. Earloffunk

    Earloffunk Well-Known Member

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    Its note easy over here too especially with long and one hand operation knives but there's always a way to get away with it. Also I usually never get into any police checkpoints. Must be my harmless and unsuspicious looking appearance...
     
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  5. Otter

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    I only rarely carry anything these days due to UK laws. When I do it is a Cold Steel ProLite, serrated blade and tanto point. The locking mechanism is the best I have run across, no chance of it folding back on you and the knife is basically flat so easily carried in a pocket or clipped on your belt. The blade makes very short work of cuttin through almost anything, it eats ropes for breakfast, I have even used it to carve Turkey when the knife the appartment gave us would hardly cut butter. I would heartily recommend it or any of their knives.

    And no I dont work for them !
     
  6. B-Man2

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    How about a photo?
     
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    I have several Mk1 Navy knives from WWII that look really nice on your belt. They have leather as well as fiberglass sheaths and are all marked USN.

    Since U.S. states all have their own laws concerning open carry of weapons, I'll post the one for the state where I live.

    "It is illegal to own a switchblade or other spring blade knife in the state of Washington. It is illegal to conceal carry a dirk, dagger, or other dangerous weapon. It is legal to open carry any type of weapon, so long as it is not carried in a way that may cause others alarm."
     
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  9. Earloffunk

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    My knife is a simple folding pocket knife. Up to now no problems with anyone especially police.
     
  10. Stony

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    Here are some of my WWII Navy Mk1 knives.

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  11. stanier

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    This thread just doesn’t feel right for me.

    Why would you want to carry a knife with your jacket? The two things seem very unrelated, far more than socks or belts or watches or boots.

    I’ve worn flight jackets for decades but never once thought, oh, where’s my knife, I need to cut something! What would I do with it, and having one with me on the street just feels like trouble waiting to happen?

    Sorry, I totally get we’re an international and cosmopolitan crowd here and what feels right one place may not feel right somewhere else. And to this Brit, this feels wrong and vaguely sickeningly creepy.

    Sorry not meant to offend, just my view.
     
  12. Earloffunk

    Earloffunk Well-Known Member

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    No offense taken. I for example use my pocket knife on a daily basis for al kind of thing that can be done with a pocket knife. Opening letters, parcels, cutting an apple etc. I do not see what's wrong with that. For me it is a think i carry on a daily basis as well as my clothes and my smartphone. Besides a hand made knife can be as much a piece of art as a flight jacket or boots can be.

    Knife fighting? No way. Don't´think I ever created the impression of wanting to get into a street fight. The best way to win a street fight is to run.

    Besides taking your arguments we should also ban boots, belts, socks and watches from the forum as they not have a natural link to flight jackets.

    But then, maybe its a cultural thing. One never knows.
     
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  13. Brettafett

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    I used to sometimes carry a small 'Classic' Swiss Army knife or Leatherman PS2 in my pocket. The PS2 is quite practical...
     
  14. MikeyB-17

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    It’s a shame that we’ve got to the point that a useful tool makes people uncomfortable because of its links to violence. I have a Kershaw Chive, which is a lovely little knife which comes in handy all the time, especially with its one-handed blade deployment system. However I seldom take it out of the house as I fear that system would be too close to a switchblade for your average policeman, and I’d rather not have to discuss the legal ins and outs (I’ve never found a definitive answer as to whether it’s legal in the UK) ‘down the station’. I also own two British Army Martindale machetes, for which I have a legitimate use, but I’m reluctant to use them for the same reason. I do carry a Gerber multitool, which has a nice blade, at work all the time. Knives can be beautiful objects, made with great craftsmanship, but sadly knife crime (I’ve seen its effects first hand) has made them a thing to be viewed with distaste, which I guess is understandable.
     
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  15. Brettafett

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    Yes, here in London, its become a real problem... And I don't get to go out into the 'bush' much anymore, where these tools are really useful.
    A small multitool is handy around aircraft (cars, bikes, boats also...) though...
     
  16. Flightengineer

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    The last time I carried a knife with me when I was at war 30 years ago, it was really necessary there. Never after
     
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  17. johnwayne

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    I'm with Stanier on this one, throughout the UK but London in particular knife crime has escalated and out of control when carrying a knife has been illegal for god knows how many years but unless your going camping why on earth would you need one? Not sure of jacket connection either for that matter!
     
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  18. Cocker

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    A knife is plain and simply a tool for me. I always have at least one handy, either my Leatherman Wave or my Svörd Peasant customized by Cu.Sca.Di. Sometimes my Spyderco Tenacious, but the serrated blade makes it less useful as a day-to-day tool.
     
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  19. dmar836

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    Well, How about opening packages? In a day where we can't sneeze without ordering something from Amazon the knife is becoming quite utilitarian. I am quite active and never know when I'll be noodling with a plane, motorcycle, old engine, branches, whatever, and not always at my home. I only occasionally carry a knife but often regret not having one. The thought of self defense never enters my mind with a knife(I have guns but don't ever carry those nor do I run in fear when I see a carrier).
    Example: I was in a Lowes (big box DIY builder store) the other day to buy some 16' LP Smart Side trim for the house and had no way to cut off the plastic straps on the bundle. I would not have hesitated nor would any workers have been shocked had I whipped out a knife and cut them. I lamented the inconvenience of not having one at the time and had to search for a employee to cut it for me.
    A girl at work (at the hospital) was criticizing a neighbor up her street, "That idiot! Why would you need a welder in your garage. He'll burn his house down!?" I said I had three kinds of welders in my garage and would find my lifestyle tough without them. She began to backpedal but many of us assume our perspective is universal. I suppose it's the same with my other box store story. "Why would anyone need building supplies for their house if they aren't a 'professional'?" or "Just call someone else." Just not my lifestyle nor that of many others and what that looks like might be different than what we are used to and I don't see it as an opening to violence. My mom would ask why I needed more than one motorcycle seeing unnecessary risk. She also never flew in a plane so... perspectives.
    Trickle it on down to where, why would you ever need a gun, knife, pencil, a bicycle, fancy car, $1K jacket, or anything I don't feel I or anyone else should need.
    On and on...
     
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  20. Steve27752

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    I like 'Bushcraft' and I have no problems with carrying a knife or two, I carry a penknife every day and would carry my Leatherman with it's locking blades every day if the law allowed me to.
    We in the U.K. have developed a fear of knives, because of knife crime which unfortunately is popular in some areas amongst youth.
    A knife is a tool nothing else.
     

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