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Postby sal » Tue Aug 31, 2004 12:00 am

Need your help:

I’m involved in a court case. I’m sorry, I cannot give detailed information. I would like to know:

1. What size (blade length) knife do you normally carry?

2. What do you use your knife for?

3. At what age did you begin carrying a knife?

Thanx much for your help.


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Postby J Smith » Tue Aug 31, 2004 4:13 pm

1. 3 to 4 in
2. daily cutting jobs,ie. boxes,shrink wrap,mail,rope,and anything other job that needs a sharp edge to do.
3. I started carrying a knife about 6th grade,12 or 13 years of age and carried one every day and still do.
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Postby rycen » Tue Aug 31, 2004 4:22 pm

Jeff could have not said it any better for ne.

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Postby JoeKansas » Tue Aug 31, 2004 4:28 pm

1.1.75" to 4"
2.Opening packages, cutting rope and string, some wood carving, sometimes digging and prying if other tools aren't handy.
3.Age 5. My father gave me my first knife and I have carried one every day for 35 years.

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Postby Nicky » Tue Aug 31, 2004 4:34 pm

I've start carrying knife since I'm 18. I carry knife with blade length from 1" to 5".

I'm using knife to do lots of thing like, opening bag, wrapping and spyderco package <img src="wink.gif" width=15 height=15 align=middle border=0>. I also cut my food and do some wood carving (happen some times.). I also use my knife for work around the house.

And I want to add a little something about self defence. Since I and most people here are doing some self defence sport, we won't use a knife as a defence tool. Knife people usually know how to fight an even more important, we know that we should avoid those critical position.

In fact, I've not see any one of us involve in a knife fight (or any fight at all).

We know our political situation is not really good, not many people like to see someone carrying a knife and we aren't even talking about government.

Finally, carrying a knife means carrying bigger responsibility. We know this.

I hope it help. Good luck Sal.

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Postby aero_student » Tue Aug 31, 2004 4:35 pm

1. 3-4 inches
2. opening packages, boxes, and occasional food prep.
3. 14

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Postby Zrexxer » Tue Aug 31, 2004 4:50 pm

My EDC is a 3" blade. It's used for various mundane and unexciting tasks like packages, mail, cable ties, cord, styrofoam. I received my first knife at the age of 8 from my Grandfather and I've been carrying off and on for the intervening 36 years.

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Postby talonturbo » Tue Aug 31, 2004 5:03 pm

1. Usually between 3 and 3.5 inches
2. Opening packaging (everything comes in bulletproof packaging these days), cutting tape, paper, cutting food, and every little thing we all appreciate knives for.
3. Every single minute since I was 16 (it all started with a Spydie Q)

Good luck Sal

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Postby Jimd » Tue Aug 31, 2004 5:14 pm

1. My EDC knife blade lengths range from 2 1/8 to 4.25 inches.

2. Everyday, mundane taks, such as cutting string, plastic, opening mail, cutting boxes, scraping caked-up grass out of the lawn mower, cutting line for a weed-wacker, sharpening pencils, cutting PVC pipe, pruning trees and other yard trimming work, occasionally harvesting game, and if lives depend on it I'll use my knife for self-defense as a last option.

3. I've carried at least a small pocket knife everywhere (including to school) since about age 7.

Sal, keep us posted on the progress of the case, if possible. And let us know if you need any more help.

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Postby Yester5 » Tue Aug 31, 2004 5:22 pm

age 12
I carry a knife everyday to open mail/packages, cut up boxes, do minor repairs.

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Postby swede » Tue Aug 31, 2004 5:26 pm

Hi Sal,

1. Normally, 2-3". Outdoor trips, 3-4".

2. At home, cutting thruogh tape, boxes, packaging, etc. Outdoors, fishing and camping chores, including fish cleaning.

3. Began carrying at age 10-13, Boy Scouts. Big time lapse. Started again at about age 35.

Hope this helps,


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Postby The Deacon » Tue Aug 31, 2004 5:38 pm

Hi Sal,

Blade length varies from 2.5 to about 3.5 inches. Use it around the office for opening mail and small packages and for food prep. Got my first half way decent one at about eight or nine. Started carrying one regularly at fourteen, when I got a job in a store. I've had one in my pocket darn near every day for the last 45 years.

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Postby AllenETreat » Tue Aug 31, 2004 5:45 pm

Sal -

1.) My normal carry is the Cricket - that
would be about 2" of blade.

2.) Utility - paper, boxes, anything the
Cricket's serrated edge will cut

3.) I didn't start carrying knives until
1982 - that made me 20yrs old

If you're trying to get a generalized pattern or <i>demograph </i> you might
find yourself wanting - people carry
for alot of reasons and not all of us
started at an early age. Statistics rarely
impress judges - it's much better to use
the facts at hand and the "reasonable man's
standard" to get to the bottom of thing's.


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Postby Jimmy_Dean » Tue Aug 31, 2004 5:45 pm

Hope everything is fine,

1- 3.5 or 4 inch blade
2- carving wood, cutting various packages, and protection against pretty much everything.
3- bought by first SAK at 8, first Spyderco at 18.


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Postby Jurphaas » Tue Aug 31, 2004 5:48 pm

1. 1-4 inch blade length. EDC two folders one small (Jester) one larger Calypso, Police.
2. Use knives for all daily tasks like cutting carton boxes, opening boxes, cutting tape, during lunch, cutting rope, cutting wrap foil, cutting isolation materials, cutting webbing and leather, etc.
3. at 6 year of age when I first joined the Boy Scouts. First pocket knife was a present from my father.

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Postby bobadilc » Tue Aug 31, 2004 5:48 pm

Hello Sal, I am a communications technician. I live in Kentucky. I am 50 now. I have been carrying a lockblade since I was 23. I use my knife for multiple reasons, none of which is self defense. I cut and strip cable. Prepare cable connectors for installation. Open boxes and crates, scrape punchblocks to remove old labelling. I also use a multi-tool for basic dis-assembly work. My Current EDC is the Assist 2 knife.
Thanks for such good knifes, Roger

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Postby rorschach » Tue Aug 31, 2004 5:49 pm

1. 2.5" to 3" average. Camping/outdoors 4"+
2. opening clamshell plastic packaging, opening boxes and envelopes, eating my lunch (food prep), whittling, camping, cutting string and nylon rope to tie things up, cutting cable ties for computer equipment. <i>Opening mailer boxes of new spyderco knives!</i>
3. First knife: ~7 years old

Also Sal, for what it's worth, <b>Bernard Levine</b> has a lot of good court time testifying in knife-related cases.

Best wishes!

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Postby dano » Tue Aug 31, 2004 5:55 pm

1. usually the 3" to 4" range

2. Utilitarian tasks (opening mail, stripping wires, etc)

3. I bought my first knife when I was 12 (A Bucklite--I still have it!).


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Postby 4 s ter » Tue Aug 31, 2004 5:57 pm

I normally carry 2 - 3 knives. One will be a 3 to 4 inch blade (usually a Native) the other is on my key chain with a 1 1/2 inch blade (a Jester).

I use my knife most often to open mail or food packaging.

I started carrying a knife (a boy scout style folder) around age 8 and followed this up with a fixed blade sheath knife at age 10. I spent summers living at a cottage on Lake Superior in Northern Ontario - a knife was a necessity and I've been carrying one ever since (40+ years)

Hope this helps!


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