IIRC, you're technically not supposed to walk into a PO with a knifeVincent wrote:In the post office today, I was mailing a package, when the lady 2 people in front of me was up. She bought a ReadyPost box and tape, but she was taping it up really fast. I went up to her offering to help her cut the tape and she was so scarred she just starred at me and backed away. I then just went back online, she ended up getting a piece of tape caught in here throat and she said she had to now go to the ENT doctor or Emergency room. Her coughing was pretty crazy. I have had the same thing happen to be. its no pleasure, especially if it goes near a lung.
A knife would have saved her time and a doctors visit, but the general fear of them, won this one.
The best was when I worked at the Circuit city and I was opening a new Acer desktop for a customer. We had a tech bench and the customers would come and watch me do my work for a Friday night movie. It so happened I was carrying my Military, when I pulled that big thing out to open a box, you should have seen the faces on this Mexican Family. They later asked for another Technician to work on there computer, I guess they weren't fond of my ways. This has happened quite a few times. Not even surprising anymore.
Rolyat wrote:Maybe she was just concerned about the cleanliness of the knife...
I knew I should have responded to this before it snowballed. This was a picnic type of situation. We were using hand cleaner to sterilize all utensils, and everyone witnessed this. I was using plastic type gloves to prepare the food, and was teased throughout the evening for being "Mr. Clean." The woman wanted her sandwich cut. The knife was cleaned before use. The woman's issue was not hygiene; she referred to the size of the knife. I did not include the detail for the sake of brevity. What does Miss Manners say about assuming the worst regarding other people's hygiene?tap wrote:Pulling out a folding knife to cut someone elses food is almost never a good course of action. That is direct from Miss Manners.
Looking for that middle ground is part of why my EDC is a fancy engraved Kopa with obvious sentimental value. It's still tough out here in California.Xplo wrote:... I don't think there's any real middle ground between "that guy has a dangerous-looking knife" and "that guy doesn't have a knife", or if there is, you're not gonna get there by waiting to open it.
deeker wrote:Are programs like Survivorman or Man Vs. Wild doing anything to show the benefits of carrying a knife to the public, or are they in situations that are too 'unreal' for most people to see the benefits?
I think that the use of the knife in the company of people you (evidently) could not vouch were going to react normally to the knife was in poor judgment. It may not be reasonable, and we may not like it, but it's a fact we still have to deal with and work around: many people, stupidly, are uncomfortable around knives. (I know, it's a retarded viewpoint.)ahearn wrote:I'm a long-time knife user, but more recently dedicated to Spyderco, mostly smaller varieties (Dragonfly, Robin, Cricket, ..). However, I recently bought a Walmart Native FRN, my largest yet, and pulled it out one night at a wine tasting to cut foil off a new bottle. The reaction from people of both sexes (but mostly women) around me was "holy ****", gasping at the size of it (the knife). By the reaction, you would have thought I had pulled out an AK-47. I admit is was a bit of overkill for such a small task, but it was all I had.
Is there a lesson to be learned here? EDC two or more sizes? Don't pull out the big one in mixed company? I'm a little gun-shy about using the Native publicly now.