skcusloa wrote:They're scared because we're whipping these things out. One second you are a normal person, next second your hand is a weapon of death. The snap and the pop scares them.
Several interesting possibilities here if you break it down:
1) Frightened that I have a knife on my person.
2) Frightened that they did not know I had a knife on my person.
3) Sudden appearance of knife.
4) My non-chalant "skill" at deploying it, or casual over-familiarity with it.
5) The "snick" sound of the blade locking.
Next time I'm around sheeple and I need to use my knife, and if I happen to give a care about their reaction at the time, I think I'll try this:
1) Take the knife out of my pocket and turn it over slowly in my hand, keeping it closed. Perhaps lay it on the table for a moment, ignore it like it's uninteresting and commonplace. Let people see it, get used to it. Continue talking.
2) Pick it up and open it as if it were a slipjoint, no use of spyder hole, no fast opening. In fact, very slow opening, as if it's difficult to open. Will "thumb" the release so it doesn't snap or click loudly as it locks up. Keep the tip "hidden" between thumb and forefinger for a moment (a little dangerous but I think I can do it).
3) When open, keep the knife low and use very small motions to cut.
4) Slowly close and repocket. Make no mention of knives and act like the whole thing is boring as hell. In other words, suppress my natural inclination to start a conversation about nifty cutlery.
OK, that's my plan and I'm sticking to it. Start the mockery if you will, start shooting blanks into the air about how rotten our society is, write a manifesto, accuse me of being a coward, whatever you want. (You know who you are!) This seems like a reasonable way to use a knife in public to me, although I am open to arguments from reasonable non-ranters if I can improve this sequence in some way. Call me "sensitive," but I do not want to startle people unless that's my intent.