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Stupid Things People Say About My Pocket Knife

Mamerto Adan is an engineer by profession, but a writer by night. He loves toys and knives. He also has a martial arts background.

My trusty EDC knife, the Leatherman Crater

My trusty EDC knife, the Leatherman Crater

I’m a knife guy and I consider my pocket knife as the extension of my hand. It is a handy little tool that I could deploy in a in a flick of a wrist. When I need some cuttings done, it is there in my pocket and screaming to be flicked open. Basically I’m as good as undressed when I left my knife at home.

Then there is the public’s reaction to my tool

People’s reaction to my pocket knife varies. If I met a fellow knife guy, a working man, a martial artist, a soldier or anyone who shares the same passion with blades, we may share stories on how we love our tool. Yet I also met a handful of people who seems to treat my knife like it carries a curse, or I have something foul in my hand. I do understand them at some point; at times it became ridiculous when things go too far. And when it happens it became clear that people could be too ignorant when it comes to blades.

Now it might sound crazy but what you’re about to hear did happened in real life. I’m not sure if I will laugh or not, be angry or be alarmed. For me, people are just watching too much action/horror movies.

Yup, they thought this is a weapon

Yup, they thought this is a weapon

1. Special mention; “is that a deadly weapon in your keys?”

Not exactly knife related as it is about my keychain tool instead. As what you see above, the Nite Ize DoohicKey is a part of my everyday carry. The thing is a neat combination of a screwdriver, box cutter, ruler, bottle opener, a carabiner clip and wrench. I carry it as a backup and emergency tool when my knife and other tool are not around.

Yet people don’t see it that way.

They claim that it is a weapon of some sort, you know, some diabolic James Bond style gadget or a form of throwing ninja star. Those who know what it really does will treat the thing like how they treat any tools. But for some people, they stay clear from my keychain tool like they saw a snake hanging in my key rings. Why are you carrying stuffs like that? That’s a deadly weapon you got there! That’s what I hear from them. Just to be fair the thing does look like a miniature knife, like small ninja stuff from an Anime show. Yet I can assure you that it makes for a terrible weapon. At only a few inches long and with a blunt edge, good luck killing someone with this keychain tool! I included it to my list because people say the same thing to my knife and if it had something in common, it shows people’s fear and ignorance.

2. "Don’t you know that knives are dangerous and deadly?"

Okay now they do have a point with this one, as knives could be used to kill people. In the absence of guns people will resort to anything available, as in this case a knife. Knives are a weapon of choice for crimes.

And so are screw drivers, hammers, ice-picks, baseball bats and anything that could injure.

I often hear this comment when I’m deploying my blade to cut something. And like how they reacted to my keychain tool, they stay clear from my knife like it is a dangerous wild animal. As what I mentioned above knives could kill, but anything else could. When a person is a psycho common objects are potential killing tool. Yet try giving a large Kabar to a Roman Catholic priest and nothing will happen. What people didn’t realize is that knives are just a piece of metal. It is up to the owners on how they will use it.

This is how people thinks of knife people

This is how people thinks of knife people

3. “Are you a Psycho, why are you carrying that?”

Now I sometimes find this comment offensive. It is true that the owner and not the knife is what made the knife dangerous. But full time moms also use knives. I mean they use knives to cut meats and vegetables. Working men also use knives in the field, so are hunters, outdoors men, police and the military. Owning a knife doesn’t necessarily made one a killer. We need them in our everyday function and good luck living a normal life without a cutting implement.

4. “Can I borrow your knife, I need to pry something.”

Woah watch it! This is not necessarily a knife hating/fearing comment. But please use the right tool for the right job. Knives, no matter how well made are not meant for prying. The tip is too fragile and you might damage your knife. Do note that there are knives designed for the purpose of prying, but the usual everyday knives are not suited for the job. This might be a reason why I carry a key-chain tool, so people won’t pick on my precious blade to pry stuffs.

Leatherman Crater knives have extra implements, but it never shoots blades!

Leatherman Crater knives have extra implements, but it never shoots blades!

5. “Get that thing away, it shoots blade!”

I saved the best for last! You are hearing it right; someone just made a wild claim that my folding knife could shoot blades. I could live with the comments above, but I find this one particularly stupid. It represents true ignorance about folding knives.

On the bright side hearing such outrageous claim doesn’t happen every day. It happened in one of our out of town vacations with a bunch of workmates. For some reason we have a shortage of cutting tools, so I opened my trusty Leatherman folder.

And as what’s expected, some people freaked out.

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Somehow they don’t like how the blade flicked opened, and this might be the reason why they claim it shoots blade. I just wished it did!

Irrational fear or simply ignorance?

Except for the attempt to use my knife as a prying tool, the rest is fear induced. Too much fear in fact that the fear became irrational. I’m not sure if it is caused by too much movies, or by ignorance but hey it is my life. I have all the freedom to carry pocket knives. In the end the usefulness of the knife prevails, and the same people that cowered before my blade then came asking me to borrow my knife.


Mamerto Adan (author) from Cabuyao on April 14, 2018:

Thanks Jenn for stopping by! Actually there is nothing wrong with being paranoid if it saves your life. After seeing how a lady was robbed years ago, I'm now afraid of my own shadows. I also carry knives and sprays, they go together well :)

Jenn from Pennsylvania on April 14, 2018:

I carry one in my purse for protection. I also carry pepper spray and a safety alarm. I know I probably sound super paranoid, but there are a lot of crazies out there so I feel it's better to be safe than sorry.

Mamerto Adan (author) from Cabuyao on December 25, 2017:

Thanks Deborah! And come to think of it, most pocket knife blades are smaller than some kitchen knife handles. And last week a female employee called my knife "unsafe" to use. I just kept my silence even though I'm irritated as hell.

Deborah Minter from U.S, California on December 24, 2017:

Good points. I find it funny that pocket knives can make some people jumpy. In a ranch environment, or the country, a pocket knife can come in really handy.

Mamerto Adan (author) from Cabuyao on August 15, 2017:

Thanks Paul. Although sometimes hearing those knife fearing comments made my day. I mean in my mind's eye I see Goofy trying to open a victorinox when I handed them my knife :)

Paul on August 15, 2017:

"we may share stories on how we love our tool. "

I totally relate to your experiences with "blade shock," but the sentence above gave me a hearty chuckle.

Mamerto Adan (author) from Cabuyao on July 15, 2017:

Thanks Mary! In the Philippines where I live, we also have our own version of machete. We call it itak, gulok, tabak, dahong palay depending on the dialect. And yes, it is a tool for farming. And we could say that the Philippines was built on blades because as a nation, we started out as farmers. My granpa owns a large tabak for gardening, my uncle has a Victorinox and my dad brings a small fix blade at his automotive jobs. That's why I can't understand why the generations today are afraid of knives! In the Philippines road accidents will kill you more than knives.

Mary Wickison from USA on July 15, 2017:

These reactions don't surprise me, the world has become a place of neurotic mollycoddle ninnies.

Where I live in Brazil, we see people walking around with machetes as they are used a lot here for everything from cutting wood to grass for cattle. I too wield a machete here on our farm. My husband always has a knife in his pocket, it is a tool.

There is a completely different attitude here. We have been to a farm where a crop of cassava was harvested and the family, including kids of about six, would sit on the floor with knives peeling them. They are taught to respect and use a knife correctly.

For goodness sakes, you can kill someone with a pencil but you don't see people freaking out about them.

Mamerto Adan (author) from Cabuyao on July 11, 2017:

Thanks for the friend invite! Well, at least they are learning now, after we have a shortage of cutting tools in the office they have no choice but to use my knife. You have a baton and stun gun, cool!

Tamara Moore on July 11, 2017:

BTW, I just Friended you on Facebook :-)

Tamara Moore on July 11, 2017:

Oh! Perhaps you will teach them this useful skill? I also have a Police Baton, and a Stun Gun.

Mamerto Adan (author) from Cabuyao on July 11, 2017:

Thanks Tamara! And do you know that my office mates don't know how to handle a folding knife? They could open it (two handed) but can't close it.

Tamara Moore on July 10, 2017:

So true! I used to carry around Machetes, and knives, as well, and I was told these very same things! LOL.. Love this!


Mamerto Adan (author) from Cabuyao on July 09, 2017:

GalaxyRat my leatherman crater is only under 40 dollars, though brands like Coldsteel, Kershaw and CRKT could go under 30 dollars or less.

Mamerto Adan (author) from Cabuyao on July 09, 2017:

Thanks Lori B. I never really listen to them, as their snide comments won't help me if I need to reach out for a tool.

Mamerto Adan (author) from Cabuyao on July 09, 2017:

Thanks FlourishAnyway. Well I just laughed at their comments most of the time! I never really listen to them.

GalaxyRat on July 09, 2017:

Hi. I do not have a pocket knife, but I'm looking to get one. What brands do you suggest that are not generally pricey?

lori811 on July 09, 2017:

Mamerto, first of all, never listen to people. We live in a very opinionated, negative society. I will say this, though, it's nice to have an all-in-one tool, but just beware and be careful with it.

FlourishAnyway from USA on July 09, 2017:

You might calmly and analytically ask them what prompts them to suspect you of potential violence.

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