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

midnight flyer

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It would be impossible in the US for the govt to control knives as they do firearms.
The govt could make more and more rules. SNIP

Before the selfish, frustrated morons afflicted with severe ADHD that prevents them from staying on topic get this thread locked, I can offer some support for your post.

Down here in sunny Texas a few years ag the legislature wrestled for months with how to approach knife carry and use in public. I made sure I was paid up on Kniferights and wrote my legislators. Some of the proposals were so severe we would have been limited to carrying small traditionals.

So the whole bill was written and presented. It is important to remember at this point that most politicians are lawyers. Between all of them, they could not agree on the differences in what defined an automatic opener.

No need to lecture me here, I am WELL AWARE OF THE DIFFERENCES, but a group of button down shirted attorneys had to call their Dads and u Uncles ( Moms and Aunts, too) to determine the correct definitions.

Is it an automatic if it is assisted? Does an automatic need a button? Is a sliding device an actuator? If the knife flies open when a flipper tab is lightly depressed (still not spring assisted, though) what do you call it? If if needs a nudge on a thumb stud but a wrist flick to open, is it assisted?

The story from knife Rights was that they went round and round for about 6 weeks leading right up to the day of voting. They were so snarled and trying to define what knife fit into which category and how, along with when it was acceptable as a work knife or a knife you could carry openly that the entire Bill collapsed!

So people carry just about anything you could imagine here in the 7th largest city in the USA. and I don't change a thing when I go to the 4th largest city. Local "rules" apply, pretty much meaning good sense. No "whipping out your blade" inappropriately. No showing off with your buddies in a dangerous way.

If the people that govern us can't get it done on a state level, doubtful they will find a way to get it done on a national level. So back on topic, if folks will just use good sense we should all be okay as it won't be an issue since there are so many other important once on the Block.
 
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Not yet but when they do I'm screaming "I NEED THE KNIFE FOR PROTECTION FROM THE VOICES IN MY HEAD SAYING TO KILL THE NEXT PERSON TO TALK TO ME!"

Then keep on shopping.
 

cbach8tw

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I said it before, common sense wins out, but we do have to be vigilant. I just say it is a tool and let them go on their merry way. I am just talking about my SA or multi tool. I do not live in a big city (more suburban really with some rural spots) and I think most folks are ok with that, I can see where people who grew up with no need for a knife, or saw its usefulness, would think otherwise. I say what I will say, to try and educate, but then let them go. We just have to stand up for common sense, and be wary of scare tactics. Sorry, this could be a dangerous tangent so leave it at that. :rolleyes:
 
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Buck Razor

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Well, I'm in South Florida and down here anything up to a 4" blade is legal carry. I take everything from my .75 AR to my Hinderers to my office and keep my "knife of the day" sitting on my desk by my computer and no one has ever said a thing. If I use a knife in public of a snowflake triggering size, I quietly deploy it and position my index finger over the spine of the blade to reduce the visual impact. So, no, I never have had any problems.
 
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I normally carry a 3"-4" one-hand opener clipped in my back pocket. I've never had anyone really "flip" but I have had some comments made over the years. I started carrying a small slip-joint in my front pocket and use it when I suspect the bigger folder might cause others to be concerned, startled, etc.
 
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Before the selfish, frustrated morons afflicted with severe ADHD that prevents them from staying on topic get this thread locked, I can offer some support for your post.

Down here in sunny Texas a few years ag the legislature wrestled for months with how to approach knife carry and use in public. I made sure I was paid up on Kniferights and wrote my legislators. Some of the proposals were so severe we would have been limited to carrying small traditionals.

So the whole bill was written and presented. It is important to remember at this point that most politicians are lawyers. Between all of them, they could not agree on the differences in what defined an automatic opener.

No need to lecture me here, I am WELL AWARE OF THE DIFFERENCES, but a group of button down shirted attorneys had to call their Dads and u Uncles ( Moms and Aunts, too) to determine the correct definitions.

Is it an automatic if it is assisted? Does an automatic need a button? Is a sliding device an actuator? If the knife flies open when a flipper tab is lightly depressed (still not spring assisted, though) what do you call it? If if needs a nudge on a thumb stud but a wrist flick to open, is it assisted?

The story from knife Rights was that they went round and round for about 6 weeks leading right up to the day of voting. They were so snarled and trying to define what knife fit into which category and how, along with when it was acceptable as a work knife or a knife you could carry openly that the entire Bill collapsed!

So people carry just about anything you could imagine here in the 7th largest city in the USA. and I don't change a thing when I go to the 4th largest city. Local "rules" apply, pretty much meaning good sense. No "whipping out your blade" inappropriately. No showing off with your buddies in a dangerous way.

If the people that govern us can't get it done on a state level, doubtful they will find a way to get it done on a national level. So back on topic, if folks will just use good sense we should all be okay as it won't be an issue since there are so many other important once on the Block.
Before the selfish, frustrated morons afflicted with severe ADHD that prevents them from staying on topic get this thread locked, I can offer some support for your post.

Down here in sunny Texas a few years ag the legislature wrestled for months with how to approach knife carry and use in public. I made sure I was paid up on Kniferights and wrote my legislators. Some of the proposals were so severe we would have been limited to carrying small traditionals.

So the whole bill was written and presented. It is important to remember at this point that most politicians are lawyers. Between all of them, they could not agree on the differences in what defined an automatic opener.

No need to lecture me here, I am WELL AWARE OF THE DIFFERENCES, but a group of button down shirted attorneys had to call their Dads and u Uncles ( Moms and Aunts, too) to determine the correct definitions.

Is it an automatic if it is assisted? Does an automatic need a button? Is a sliding device an actuator? If the knife flies open when a flipper tab is lightly depressed (still not spring assisted, though) what do you call it? If if needs a nudge on a thumb stud but a wrist flick to open, is it assisted?

The story from knife Rights was that they went round and round for about 6 weeks leading right up to the day of voting. They were so snarled and trying to define what knife fit into which category and how, along with when it was acceptable as a work knife or a knife you could carry openly that the entire Bill collapsed!

So people carry just about anything you could imagine here in the 7th largest city in the USA. and I don't change a thing when I go to the 4th largest city. Local "rules" apply, pretty much meaning good sense. No "whipping out your blade" inappropriately. No showing off with your buddies in a dangerous way.

If the people that govern us can't get it done on a state level, doubtful they will find a way to get it done on a national level. So back on topic, if folks will just use good sense we should all be okay as it won't be an issue since there are so many other important once on the Block.
 
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Yes. Just look at the numbers. There are something like 350M firearms in the US, with millions more being sold every year. By far the largest selling centerfire rifle today are AR-15 pattern rifles. This is why there will never be sufficient "gun control" to satisfy some politicians. The more they push, the more gunowners will purchase, and the more they'll become calloused about the whole subject and simply ignore the laws.

Now, there must be what, at least 20x the knives of all types in the US (probably a lot more?) That's 7 billion ("that's billion with a B") knives that can be re-profiled and sharpened in one's apartment kitchen with a $39.95 Harbor Freight bench grinder and a $7.99 water stone if need be. Nope, knives ain't going anywhere, particularly at the federal level. If politicians push too hard to limit their carry, people will ignore the law with greater frequency. We all know where that culminates.
 

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I was trimming my fingernail with a Buck 112 while fueling my truck when a fellow approached me to invite me to his church. I put away my knife and declined his offer. I had to wonder why he chose to ask me, of all people. Did my uncultured demeanor make me look especially godless?
 

DMG

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I use a knife when I need it and don’t make a big show of it. I try to be low key and not flashy anyways. On the very few occasions where someone has commented negatively about the blade I tell them it is a tool and to mind their business.

The one thing that makes me want to cut a bitch is when someone asks for help cutting something, I get out a knife and do then they say omg what do you need such a big knife for. I tell them not to ask me for help again.
 

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I had a young Karen in a biology lab ask me if I was a serial killer after I pulled out my 940 to open a sealed tube. I rolled my eyes. Minutes later she was gabbing loudly to her friend about how annoying some other girl was how she could just kill her. I smugly asked her the same question and she shut up real fast. :D
 
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I've never personally had much of a problem , because I mostly keep my weapons CC and stay in rural midwest locales .

But , if anyone comes at you aggressively, even just verbally , claiming that you're terrifying them with your "weapons" ...doesn't make any rational sense .

Unless you got someone cornered , fear /terror / dread will move them away fast or freeze them in place by natural instinct .

I think it's mostly PC BS busybody social pressure / aggression , rather than fear as I understand it .
 
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I've never personally had much of a problem , because I mostly keep my weapons CC and stay in rural midwest locales .

But , if anyone comes at you aggressively, even just verbally , claiming that you're terrifying them with your "weapons" ...doesn't make any rational sense .

Unless you got someone cornered , fear /terror / dread will move them away fast or freeze them in place by natural instinct .

I think it's mostly PC BS busybody social pressure / aggression , rather than fear as I understand it .

Well said.

I had a knife confiscated from me at work 25 years ago or so.
The boss said it looked like a weapon.
I just had it iwb one of the corporate boys saw it.

They gave it back at the end of the day.
I still carried it afterwards.
I still edc something.

Once in awhile I've had a girl somewhere ask why I have a knife.
Pretty obvious reply " to cut things with"
That was the end of it (shrug).
 
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