P38 - when in need

Discussion in 'Multi-tools & Multi-purpose Knives' started by Pilsner, Jan 24, 2021.

  1. Pilsner

    Pilsner Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 28, 2017
    Not a multi-tool or SAK, but I recently scored a new-old Shelby P38, for a couple of quid on fleabay. I put in on my key ring and forgot about it. Making pinto beans today, and the ring pull on the tomato purée snapped off. Hey, it’s hardly the best, but I rather enjoyed using the P38! [​IMG]

    :thumbsup::cool:
     
  2. SteeleJ1976

    SteeleJ1976

    119
    Jan 24, 2020
    The P38 is the original multitool! Good use
     
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  3. CAP55

    CAP55

    26
    Dec 29, 2020
    I don't carry one anymore, they have a nasty habit of opening in the worst locations at the worst times.
     
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  4. hsherzfeld

    hsherzfeld Basic Member Basic Member

    130
    Mar 10, 2016
    I carry one on my keychain with a safety pin through the hinge to keep the blade from opening. That also gives me a safety pin that I can use for many things as well.
     
  5. Stelth

    Stelth

    Jul 15, 2007
    The can opener on a Vic SAK works so much better.
     
  6. Pilsner

    Pilsner Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 28, 2017
    Great idea. I like that. :thumbsup:
    It does! And I have plenty. But on my keychain is a SAK classic. I got it on a whim. :D

    Haha! Yep, I can see that happening. ;)
     
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  7. comis

    comis Gold Member Gold Member

    May 17, 2013
    Good use!

    Definitely a handy tool back in the days.

    That's a brilliant idea, thanks to that!
     
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  8. jackknife

    jackknife

    Oct 2, 2004
    Yes, they do. :thumbsup:

    Except when flying someplace on vacation, or entering a courthouse, and you can't have that SAK with you. ;)
     
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  9. 315

    315 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2017
    I have a SAK in my car, truck, boat, and work backpack. As long as I’m around one of those things I’m good. But sometimes I’ll jump in a rig with a buddy or one of my daughters and the only thing I’ll have are the keys to the house and whatever knife I’m carrying. I have a few P-38’s lying around...you’ve got me thinking...
     
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  10. powernoodle

    powernoodle Power Member

    Jul 21, 2004
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  11. jackknife

    jackknife

    Oct 2, 2004
    Wonderfull Maximum minimalism!

    I got my first P-38 curtesy of Uncle Sam when I was a young guy not longest of high school and enlisted in the U.S. Army. It didn't take long to discover how useful it was as a can opener, as well as a scraper, screw driver, small pry took for those jobs a thumb nail is just not enough. Its also a scribe, for scratching a cut line on 2x4's. An old semi rusty Speaker U.S. is still in my wallet. They make a P-51 that is even better.

    For a long time, I carried two and three layer SAK's, but later in life I went back to the Sear's $=way keychain screw driver and P-38 in the zip compartment of my wallet. That eliminated one whole layer of SAK. Like the 58mm classic being able to deal with 98% of pocket knife jobs, the keychain screw driver/P-38 can deal with 98% of the loose screw jobs in daily life. With a SAK classic on the keyring and a P-38 in the wallet, you're pretty set for the unexpected little emergencies of life. Add a Sear's keychain screw driver or the Victorinox quatro, and you've got all the driving and opening capability a 84mm or larger SAK without the lump in the pocket. This leaves more room for a dedicated cutter if you need, like an Opinel or Victorinox florist knife with that wonderful chisel ground blade.
     
  12. Pilsner

    Pilsner Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 28, 2017
    Man, I love reading your posts. So much experience and wisdom. :thumbsup:
     
  13. hsherzfeld

    hsherzfeld Basic Member Basic Member

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    Mar 10, 2016
    A word of warning about the safety pin, though: sometimes it gets jostled open by keys or pocket contents, and then you have two sharp things in your pocket! Small safety pins, like the one in powernoodle's photo, have less length to get caught on things, so they work best.
     
  14. jackknife

    jackknife

    Oct 2, 2004
    This!

    Thats why I prefer to just carry the P-38 in my wallet. So far in life, I've never been attacked by a can and needed a fast draw for my can opener or screw driver. o_O
     
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  15. Stelth

    Stelth

    Jul 15, 2007
    My dad carried a P38 on his keys when I was a kid. He kept a small piece of masking tape over the sharp part to keep it folded. An inelegant solution, but he said it never accidentally opened up on him.
     
  16. jackknife

    jackknife

    Oct 2, 2004
    Some the guys in my squad would carry the P-38 on their dog tag chain, and use a rubber band around it. Like you say, an inelegant solution, but it worked and kept it with them.
     
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  17. Pilsner

    Pilsner Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 28, 2017
    It seems to work so far. I positioned it strategically on the chain of things. We'll see!
     
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  18. mushka

    mushka

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    Jun 27, 2018
    Got my first p38 out of a C-rats case in 1962. There were about a half dozen of them in a case of the rats. I collected a bunch of them back then and have one on each key chain to this day. The one on my truck keys is one I got out of the original case of rats. I just think they are a neat little tool even if they don't get used much. Memories of earlier life when I was young.
     
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  19. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    I don't carry mine anymore, but shelby co still makes them, and here in the US they're readily available for 50 cents and 99 cents for the larger p51.

    They are very handy for many things, but I just never found myself really needing mine and stopped carrying it.
     

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