Doc Dan wrote:This mindset is especially common in countries once, or still, controlled by England.
As an Englishmen, I have to agree.....Remember the carrying of a sword marked you out as either a gentleman (as this was your right) or a criminal.
We have let that little preudice remain, even after gentlemen ceased to carry a means to defend their honour.
(This is also true of a number of other societies...Though I feel we should revive the ancient custom of the duel with rapiers- Many a man would keep their tongue between their teeth today to avoid steel between the ribs tomorrow morning
We need look no further than the frankly bizarre knife laws of my country- Where a UKPK is a legal EDC pen-knife but a Ladybug with half the blade length could potentially land me in jail if I am carrying it "without good reason" simply because it locks
UK Cops generally just nick you, confiscate it, then let the magistrates court sort it out later- as 'good reason's is that judged by a magistrate, based on your circumstances and charachter.....
There's a government introduced 'Ban On Fighting Knives'- which has made precisely no impact on the sales of Gerber Mk2s, Kabars, Fairbairn-Sykes etc etc- because it's got an edge so you can still work with it as a utility blade.
Here's an little example from my hometown of Wolverhampton-
The Crown Court has a metal detector in this day and age, and they reported 950 instances in one year of having to confiscate 'bladed articles' from people entering courts.
When they added in the same article that 850 of these items were returned to the owners after leaving, the local press (and the letters page) went thermonuclear
"How can we be re-arming obvious criminals?"
"Why are we not removing these weapons from our streets?"
"All knives MUST be banned- only criminals carry knives"- (this one was my extra special favourite- Clearly this person receives all their food in cardboard clamshells marked with a big yellow M or KFC)
So it goes.... Some people look at a scorpion and recoil in horror- associating it only with the sting and death.
Others look at the marvel of evolution and wonder at this ancient beast that still stalks the world.
I collect knives....In my local paper (again) there is a woman who has spent £1000s of pounds collecting rubber bath ducks. She has 1000s of them, arranged on shelves around her house.....I see my collection no differently to hers.