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Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by TwitchyBlade, Jun 11, 2010.
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Please do not take offense, but a great many of the LEO friends of mine, started out a lot like I did, as a pre-teen mall ninja, of sorts. We used to line up together at the cutler in the mall and fantasize about owning a lot of the crap we now laugh at as mall-ninja tools. And a few of them have not really "matured" (by some of the apparent definitions here) in that they still like fantasy knives...so, is it any more/less wrong to call someone a "mall ninja" if they have a job as a cop or military? But hey, I certainly agree that its not a good idea to lable anyone with a derogatory term (if you see it that way).
It really is not a stretch (or insult, as far as I am concerned) to think that a great many of our woderful LEOs and military gained their fist interest in tactical weapons at a young age, and what is wrong with admitting that we cherished our "throwing stars" (that is what we called them), or our numb-chucks (again, that is what we called them, as incorrect as it may be).
So back to the Civilian and other tacticlol knives...I agree, its fun to laugh at them (we all have), but a show of hands for those that secretly wanted one at some point would be telling (and a great many of those with their hands in their laps could be assumed to be liars)
And regardless if you giggle at them or not, I think few would contest that they have very few obvious flaws as a defense weapon for someone with minimal training.
Anyway, this is a fun thread....for me in particular, because I recall a great time in my life and hae no trouble laughing at myself a bit.
Spydercos do something very well: they cut through things with ease.
I have been using a serrated Endura (still with Aus 8 steel and a plastic clip) and Harpy for over 16 years now. Theyve cut rope, tough plastic, electrical wire, cardboard and have been used at sea in an environment with a lot of sand.
Theyve got great ergonomics and never let me down.
I just bought a bunch of Spyderco knives with H1 steel. All in tactical yellow!
I saved for months to buy a big, fancy "high polish" throwing star with an engraved dragon on it when I was a kid. I got it home & set up a box in the front yard to practice throwing it (it was the late70s/early 80s and people still had some sense in them so no big deal) and I missed & bounced it off a rock.
It was chrome-plated copper.
I never learned to not hit myself with nunckaku. (we used the proper terminology, being huge Bruce Lee fans)
And I really wanted the Puma survival knife that had a sheath that transformed into a slingshot that was in the Brigade Quartermasters catalog, but my dad wouldn't get it for me. He had no problem with knives or slingshots, but he probably realized it was ridiculous & protected me from that one.
I do have to admit if I saw one now I'd probably buy it just because.
we could probably trade some stories. I wonder how many quality shurikens (throwing stars) there actually are in this world? I certainly never saw one that was anything more than cheap mild steel or pot-metal. Truth told, I am not sure you would ever want anything much harder than mild steel...but I digress.
For me, it was the buck hollow handle survival knife, and the Buck M-16 bayonette. Both were equally ridiculous for anything I would actually do with them, but when a young man wants....sometimes it is for life
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Good thing he is wearing safety goggles.
Great post UNIT, couldnt be possibly better said,as you did!
Tacticlol from the 1900s.
The Apache Revolver.
French gangs actually favored those. I see a few every year at the Colorado Gun Collectors show. I think they're pretty cool, but I haven't steered my gun collecting into that direction yet.
I would probably think it was cooler if you could actually pull the trigger. How would you go about doing that when your index finger is using the top hole?
You grab it like a normal handle when using it as a gun.
The fingers don't go through the holes when shooting.
You don't put your fingers through the holes when using the gun. It's just an regular handle at that stage. You fold in both the blade and handle to use the brass knuckles.
I think many of us starting by liking silly knives.
I had my share of "Tiger Knives", and I fondly remember the "KGB Folder".
But a knife that was designed for use by law enforcement (rather than just used as a marketing term) doesn't fall into the same category.
Ahh well folding the blade and handle to make use of the dusters makes more sense. I think I want one now.
Thanks for setting me straight gentlemen.
I was confused the first time I saw one.
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And other "tacticlol knives"? Sorry, but you are just lumping the Civilian together with the other crap posted here, and you mention it in the same breath with throwing stars, which appears to indicate you can't tell the difference...
So, again by association, the Civilian has obvious flaws as a "defensive weapon" now? I'll tell you what: Grab a KA-BAR by the blade, bare-handed, and you'll have almost as good a grip as the owner... Wrap the index behind the guard, and your grip will beat the owner's... That's why thin edges on hollow grinds actually matter... How's that for a defensive flaw? Want to try the same thing with a Civilian now?