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Daniel Fish
(daniel@fishfamilypdx.com)

Locale: PDX
... on 03/22/2013 14:34:05 MDT Print View

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Edited by daniel@fishfamilypdx.com on 06/11/2013 12:55:20 MDT.

David Thomas
(DavidinKenai) - MLife

Locale: North Woods. Far North.
My two cents. Literally. on 03/22/2013 14:41:12 MDT Print View

The cheap version of Daniel's most excellent $11.15 blade-angle guide above is to masking tape a dime/penny/nickel/washer (depends on blade width) to each side of the blade at the back. You then maintain a constant angle on both sides of the blade.

Randy Nelson
(rlnunix) - F - M

Locale: Rockies
Re: Re: Why an UL knife instead of scissors? on 03/22/2013 15:00:44 MDT Print View

"James that will NEVER happen to him. he already stated his gear will never fail."

Who stated that? Not the OP.

James didn't say his gear failed. He forgot to fix something before he left. Big difference. I don't carry tent poles but if I had run into that situation, some Gorilla tape from my repair kit would have worked fine. Nothing wrong with the way James did it, but a knife wasn't the only way.

Brian Lindahl
(lindahlb) - MLife

Locale: Colorado Rockies
Re: Re: Re: Why an UL knife instead of scissors? on 03/22/2013 15:49:02 MDT Print View

Quite true. There are many ways to improvise. A knife isn't the only one. As the saying goes, when you have a hammer, a lot of things look like nails ;)

Larry De La Briandais
(Hitech) - F

Locale: SF Bay Area
Re: Re: Safety on 03/22/2013 16:11:58 MDT Print View

Why? Because it is easier and faster for me. Opening a meal pouch, one quick swipe of the blade and its open. With scissors its cut, cut, cut, etc. Basically, most cutting requires one cut with a blade and several cuts with the scissors. Additionally the blade is easier and faster to "deploy". By the time I can get the scissors out and ready to use I could have already finished with the blade. There certainly are things that are easier with scissors. Nail trimming comes to mind.

Brian Lindahl
(lindahlb) - MLife

Locale: Colorado Rockies
Re: Re: Re: Safety on 03/22/2013 16:22:56 MDT Print View

Thanks Larry. What other tasks have you found easier and faster with a knife?

I assume a knife is faster to deploy because you carry it on your belt, or in a pocket? I would think you could open scissors about as fast as you could flip a knife open?

David Olsen
(oware)

Locale: Steptoe Butte
skin a pig on 03/22/2013 16:42:27 MDT Print View

"Now just how are you going to blaze a tree, split firewood,
cut stout tent pegs, kill and skin a pig, make stretcher poles, fell a tree to cross a deep chasm, fight off a
griz, or peel a potato, with just a razor blade?" (or scissors).


Old thread

What knife do you carry backpacking?

http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=16134&skip_to_post=127324

Larry De La Briandais
(Hitech) - F

Locale: SF Bay Area
re:Why on 03/22/2013 16:50:51 MDT Print View

Its hard to think of all the things that come up. When its more like camping much more comes up. The scissors I carry are part of a multitool that is carried on my belt. So it takes two hands to pull the scissors out and then you have to move one lever back to use them. With the blade I can open the blade with one hand. Also simply opening a meal package is many cuts with little scissors and one with any size blade.

But a lot of this is just what one is used to. Never had scissors when camping so I got used to using a knife blade for my cutting tasks. So that is what I am comfortable with.

Edited by Hitech on 03/22/2013 16:53:01 MDT.

Daniel Fish
(daniel@fishfamilypdx.com)

Locale: PDX
... on 03/22/2013 16:51:21 MDT Print View

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Edited by daniel@fishfamilypdx.com on 06/23/2013 11:48:05 MDT.

David Olsen
(oware)

Locale: Steptoe Butte
Safety around ropes on 03/22/2013 16:57:22 MDT Print View

Instructors around ropes courses and climbing sites often use EMT snips instead of a knife for rigging and emergencies.
A sharp knife will cut a loaded rope in a moment, maybe the wrong rope, while you have to be more deliberate with the EMT scissors.

David Thomas
(DavidinKenai) - MLife

Locale: North Woods. Far North.
Re: masking tape + washer method of sharpening on 03/22/2013 17:16:45 MDT Print View

Daniel: Yeah, I think of the masking tape and coins as a quick-n-dirty, touch-up technique.

For a lot of blades or a lot of work on one blade, that DMT aligner would be much better.

I just wanted to put a improvisational tip into people's heads.

But practice, practice, practice. Eventually, you can hold a constant angle without any aids. Rather like someone who burns 7 cords of wood every winter for a few decades can sharp a chainsaw by eye better than I can with a jig.