Michael:MichaelScott wrote: ↑Tue Oct 29, 2019 6:01 pmI have to say that I have been forced from the theoretical to the practical. Let me illustrate why and the conundrum that has created for me.
Last Saturday we left Denver after multiple days of medical appointments scans labs meetings etc. Having finished my chemo but I having fallen and broken my left leg I am for all purposes immobile except for my wheelchair. So for the trip I took by Ruger single stack 9 mm as usual and my para three lightweight. On the trip from Denver to Colorado Springs after having to squirm around into and out of the backseat and the same for the front seat I discovered that my para three had opened and I almost seriously cut myself. I took it out stashed it somewhere in the car. We stopped in downtown Colorado Springs for some coffee and a snack to get us home, another hour and a half drive still, and sitting in the handicap spot next to a recycle drop off bin I had a continuous stream of bin pickers stop by looking for something worthwhile to eat, sell, I don’t know. But each of them certainly eyeballed me, a bald old man sitting in a car with a handicap placard all alone. In the rush to get packed and get our son to the airport my trusty 9 mm was still on the bottom of my pack something I had no chance of reaching. Talk about feeling vulnerable?
I don’t want to try a standard fixed blade. Difficult to carry and deploy in my situation and not appropriate in the hospitals and clinics I now frequent. But after my Para 3 incident, I am shying away from folders. So, I am considering an ARK Serrated. Seems it would be accessible when needed for someone in my condition and the serrations would do a job.
Any advice from my Spyder brothers and sisters will certainly be valuable and appreciated.
I hope you heal up soon.
I don’t have much of use to add to what others have said, other than if you choose to carry a neck knife for possible self-defense, particularly for the type of situation you mentioned, I would recommend having it on a break-away chain over para cord. If things go south, the para cord around your neck could potentially be used against you as a garrote. And as was already mentioned, if it’s under your shirt, the knife becomes harder for you to access, especially if the shirt is tucked; and if over the shirt can draw the wrong attention. I would recommend carrying such a knife in some other easy-to-access location instead of hanging from the neck.
As for folders, IMO, any folder that relies on a ball detent to keep it closed has a greater possibility of coming open accidentally. I also would not recommend any automatic knives, as when I was a kid, I had a switchblade open in my pocket. A good back lock would be a better choice for a folder.