Stupid Things People Say About My Pocket Knife
I’m a knife guy and I consider my pocket knife as the extension of my hand. It is a handy little tool that I could deploy in a in a flick of a wrist. When I need some cuttings done, it is there in my pocket and screaming to be flicked open. Basically I’m as good as undressed when I left my knife at home.
Then there is the public’s reaction to my tool
People’s reaction to my pocket knife varies. If I met a fellow knife guy, a working man, a martial artist, a soldier or anyone who shares the same passion with blades, we may share stories on how we love our tool. Yet I also met a handful of people who seems to treat my knife like it carries a curse, or I have something foul in my hand. I do understand them at some point; at times it became ridiculous when things go too far. And when it happens it became clear that people could be too ignorant when it comes to blades.
Now it might sound crazy but what you’re about to hear did happened in real life. I’m not sure if I will laugh or not, be angry or be alarmed. For me, people are just watching too much action/horror movies.
1. Special mention; “is that a deadly weapon in your keys?”
Not exactly knife related as it is about my keychain tool instead. As what you see above, the Nite Ize DoohicKey is a part of my everyday carry. The thing is a neat combination of a screwdriver, box cutter, ruler, bottle opener, a carabiner clip and wrench. I carry it as a backup and emergency tool when my knife and other tool are not around.
Yet people don’t see it that way.
They claim that it is a weapon of some sort, you know, some diabolic James Bond style gadget or a form of throwing ninja star. Those who know what it really does will treat the thing like how they treat any tools. But for some people, they stay clear from my keychain tool like they saw a snake hanging in my key rings. Why are you carrying stuffs like that? That’s a deadly weapon you got there! That’s what I hear from them. Just to be fair the thing does look like a miniature knife, like small ninja stuff from an Anime show. Yet I can assure you that it makes for a terrible weapon. At only a few inches long and with a blunt edge, good luck killing someone with this keychain tool! I included it to my list because people say the same thing to my knife and if it had something in common, it shows people’s fear and ignorance.
2. "Don’t you know that knives are dangerous and deadly?"
Okay now they do have a point with this one, as knives could be used to kill people. In the absence of guns people will resort to anything available, as in this case a knife. Knives are a weapon of choice for crimes.
And so are screw drivers, hammers, ice-picks, baseball bats and anything that could injure.
I often hear this comment when I’m deploying my blade to cut something. And like how they reacted to my keychain tool, they stay clear from my knife like it is a dangerous wild animal. As what I mentioned above knives could kill, but anything else could. When a person is a psycho common objects are potential killing tool. Yet try giving a large Kabar to a Roman Catholic priest and nothing will happen. What people didn’t realize is that knives are just a piece of metal. It is up to the owners on how they will use it.
3. “Are you a Psycho, why are you carrying that?”
Now I sometimes find this comment offensive. It is true that the owner and not the knife is what made the knife dangerous. But full time moms also use knives. I mean they use knives to cut meats and vegetables. Working men also use knives in the field, so are hunters, outdoors men, police and the military. Owning a knife doesn’t necessarily made one a killer. We need them in our everyday function and good luck living a normal life without a cutting implement.
4. “Can I borrow your knife, I need to pry something.”
Woah watch it! This is not necessarily a knife hating/fearing comment. But please use the right tool for the right job. Knives, no matter how well made are not meant for prying. The tip is too fragile and you might damage your knife. Do note that there are knives designed for the purpose of prying, but the usual everyday knives are not suited for the job. This might be a reason why I carry a key-chain tool, so people won’t pick on my precious blade to pry stuffs.
5. “Get that thing away, it shoots blade!”
I saved the best for last! You are hearing it right; someone just made a wild claim that my folding knife could shoot blades. I could live with the comments above, but I find this one particularly stupid. It represents true ignorance about folding knives.
On the bright side hearing such outrageous claim doesn’t happen every day. It happened in one of our out of town vacations with a bunch of workmates. For some reason we have a shortage of cutting tools, so I opened my trusty Leatherman folder.
And as what’s expected, some people freaked out.
Somehow they don’t like how the blade flicked opened, and this might be the reason why they claim it shoots blade. I just wished it did!
Irrational fear or simply ignorance?
Except for the attempt to use my knife as a prying tool, the rest is fear induced. Too much fear in fact that the fear became irrational. I’m not sure if it is caused by too much movies, or by ignorance but hey it is my life. I have all the freedom to carry pocket knives. In the end the usefulness of the knife prevails, and the same people that cowered before my blade then came asking me to borrow my knife.