Ever get people on the street that flip because you have a knife?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by MyLegsAreOk, Jan 26, 2021.

  1. marchone

    marchone Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 13, 2013
    We had a British couple as house guests a couple of years ago at a villa we took in Italy. They knew I was a chef. The woman became overly concerned looking at my knife roll. In particular, she kept on commenting about the "switchblades". After I quietly told her my drop point folders were not "switchblades" she continued her comments every time she walked in to the kitchen while I was working. It became rather annoying.
  2. soc_monki

    soc_monki Basic Member Basic Member

    Apr 5, 2019
    No, I live in Mississippi. We can openly carry firearms, and knives are everywhere. If I need my knife I take it out and use it, never had anyone freak out, although I know there are people who would.

    Couple of my students asked one time why I had such big knives (had my xm-24 and 4 max scout on me) and if someone was out to get me. I said "no, I just like knives".

    I haven't begun carrying my firearm, but I do have a holster on the way. I'm looking into some iwb holsters for concealment, however being a bigger guy I need to choose wisely, but appendix carry can be done. Well see what I find.

    I enjoy the lax laws here, but not the political climate. Take the good with the bad I guess?
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  3. Bastler

    Bastler Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 9, 2020
    I've heard it all. One woman was alarmed by my Case Peanut and another thought that the blade on my P-38 can opener would make a good weapon.
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  4. Pilsner

    Pilsner Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 28, 2017
    Only the Smatchet is mightier than the Peanut. Know that!
  5. Lee D

    Lee D Basic Member Basic Member

    May 27, 2013
    Im in rural Iowa, probably half the fellas from age 16-80 carry a knife (and you’d be surprised how many men AND women legally carry a handgun), but if you pay attention, this is a “Buck state”lol. 110s and 100 series fixed blades are so common, nobody (including LE) bats an eye at them, even the 119, that has a blade beyond the legal limit.
    Because of that, you will get looked at funny if you pop open a flipper, assisted, and especially an automatic. I suppose it’s a familiarity thing. Some knives are scary looking, and some aren’t.

    I’m rambling, but what I’m getting at is that I think the reaction you get definitely depends on what part of the country you’re in. My Buck 110 would fit right in at the sale barn coffee shop, but if some old boy noticed a me using a foreign looking PM2, he’d ask me what kinda weird looking knife I was using...and if I went to the city, a knife on my belt would draw way more attention than one clipped to my pocket.
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2021
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  6. unwisefool

    unwisefool Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 22, 2007
    Maybe we should toss a little fire engine red in that ensemble to really bring out the wow factor. Or maybe Sunshine yellow? Pacific blue?
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  7. Razor

    Razor Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 8, 1999
    The next 4 years knives may be ban.
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  8. soc_monki

    soc_monki Basic Member Basic Member

    Apr 5, 2019
    I have a 119 in my car, and I have a few 110s to choose from. I'd fit right in :D
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  9. soc_monki

    soc_monki Basic Member Basic Member

    Apr 5, 2019
    No they won't.
  10. Alberta Ed

    Alberta Ed

    Jun 29, 1999
    I just slide my katana out of the saya a few inches and they shut right up.
  11. MarkN86


    Sep 3, 2012
    Discretion is a good idea when it comes to bigger knives, you never know if someone had a really traumatic experience with a knife earlier in life. Unfortunately that's a thing, it happens, and therapy can't always resolve it. Doesn't mean we have to cripple ourselves by not carrying a knife as a tool, but the polite thing would be to keep it reasonably low key when in a more public area.

    Then you have the ignorant people who will find fault with literally anything, be it your job, hobbies, habits, or beliefs. Some will find a reason to hate a person just for who they are. People like that are the problem and I really don't care what they think.

    I made a guy about jump through the ceiling with an assisted opener once. Nothing came of it, but I started to appreciate slow manual openers more.
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  12. Stahlmann


    Jan 21, 2021
    I shoot Steel Challenge and 3-Gun matches. One Sunday a newb joined our squad. A local cop. I was sitting at a picnic bench. I pulled an old KA-BAR out of my range bag to cut open a box of ammo. He began lecturing me that fixed blade knives had to be carried openly from one's waist. I just looked at him, and then went back to what I was doing.
  13. DocJD


    Jan 29, 2016
    Not a problem where I live , rural midwest USA , at least out in the country .

    But, a couple of years ago , I was at a medical center in Nashville and they were starting a test that could be screwed up by metallic objects .

    I had completely forgotten , my two usual huge fighting folders , still in front pockets .

    Things got a little tense when I sheepishly tried to hand them off to my wife .

    My wife explained that we live in the country , and I'm not very scary looking or acting .

    Security was not summoned and thereafter my wife never let me forget to leave weapons in the car when on medical diagnostic visits .
  14. kvaughn

    kvaughn Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 28, 2005
    I do this also.
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  15. HopalongCassidy


    Sep 22, 2019
    Nobody knows what I have on me. Unless someone wants a cabbage cut in half at the farmer's market.
    If you have a folder that is big enough to easily cut a cabbage in half, nobody is brave enough to say anything.
    Their eyes get big though.
  16. kvaughn

    kvaughn Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 28, 2005
    PA for political. Not here.
  17. AntDog

    AntDog Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 3, 2001
    Only when I run naked slathered in peanut butter holding my Battle Mistress.
  18. PirateSeulb


    Jun 6, 2017
    Nope never at most some comments from coworkers but nothing really along the lines of "you shouldn't carry that" more like "really you chose to carry your fixed blade today that no one won't see"
  19. killgar


    Sep 24, 2002
    What, and give up my biker-from-hell-angel-of-death look? NEVER! Or at least not as long as I can pull it off :D.

    Here's a little story that keeps my friends and family laughing their asses off-

    I went to my local public library recently, and as I approached the steps to the front door a woman and her young daughter, maybe 4 years old, starting to walk down. So, between Covid, and knowing my scary appearance, I stepped back giving them plenty of room to pass. The mom passed first talking on her phone, the girl trailed behind taking little girl steps. When the girl reached the bottom of the steps she looked at me, froze in her tracks, and started to cry. The mom, embarrassed, called to her daughter to come, but the kid wouldn't budge. Mom tried again, no dice. Mom had to walk over pick the girl up and carry her to their minivan.

    It's official. The mere sight of me frightens small children, to the point of tears. :(
  20. Workingsloth777

    Workingsloth777 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 10, 2019
    image.jpg I live in Montana and just the other day I saw a kid riding one of those “single wheel skateboard things” (for lack of a better term :) ) and he was wearing the largest Bowie knife I have ever seen.

    Also I see a lot of Spyderco and Benchmade clips peeking out of pockets around here so I feel fairly comfortable pulling out something like my launch 13.

    That being said I have had a couple of double takes when someone runs to grab scissors and I whip out a 4” blade (crooked river).
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