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Lost and Found

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Offline nyoung

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Lost and Found
« on: May 29, 2017, 06:05:27 PM »
I found a really nice Ka-Bar on Blue Creek Trail Sunday morning if anyone is missing it. I'd gladly mail it to you if it fell out of your holster.


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Offline dprather

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Re: Lost and Found
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2017, 06:48:02 PM »
Isn't it interesting what one finds along trails?

I like to imagine the stories that go along with the finds.
Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

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Offline presidio

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Re: Lost and Found
« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2017, 09:56:16 PM »
I found a really nice Ka-Bar on Blue Creek Trail Sunday morning if anyone is missing it. I'd gladly mail it to you if it fell out of your holster.


I wonder how you'll determine if the claimant is the actual owner?

To wit:

That looks like my 5208 Defender Xtreme
Blade 7"
Handle 5"
Total length 12"
Greenish/OD handle
Black blade
Serrated back

And, it DID fall out of my holster, somewhere on the Blue Creek Trail. I didn't notice it was missing until I got back to my truck. It was late and I didn't have any idea where it got dropped, so trying to backtrack wasn't an option. Thanks for finding it.
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Offline House Made of Dawn

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Re: Lost and Found
« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2017, 11:09:21 PM »
Ceci n'est pas une Ka-Bar: It's a Rorschach Test.  ;)
« Last Edit: May 31, 2017, 03:31:04 PM by House Made of Dawn »
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Offline mule ears

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Re: Lost and Found
« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2017, 06:42:49 AM »
I wonder what you would do with a knife that big?  This is all I ever carry backpacking.


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Offline Slimkitty

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Re: Lost and Found
« Reply #5 on: May 30, 2017, 07:16:04 AM »
I wonder what you would do with a knife that big?  This is all I ever carry backpacking.



Yeah seriously.  Perhaps that knife is all that was left after its owner tried to foolishly rely on it for defense.


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Offline badknees

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Re: Lost and Found
« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2017, 07:23:41 AM »
Bigger is better???
Not all those who wander are lost.
J.R.R. Tolkien

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Offline dprather

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Re: Lost and Found
« Reply #7 on: May 30, 2017, 09:50:55 AM »
One way to measure rookies is by the length of their knife
Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

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Offline House Made of Dawn

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Re: Lost and Found
« Reply #8 on: May 30, 2017, 10:39:04 AM »
Very proud of my newest knife....the CRKT NIAD (0.6 oz).
"The trick, William Potter, is not minding that it hurts."

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Offline House Made of Dawn

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Re: Lost and Found
« Reply #9 on: May 30, 2017, 10:46:09 AM »
That said, I do understand the impulse to carry a knife for defense. I usually carry a somewhat larger CRKT Tanto at a little over 5 ounces, which has served me for years as a nice compromise between utility and weight. But having blown out my knee recently, I'm having to make some tough choices on the weight of my equipment.

Years and years ago, when I had the freedom to spend a few weeks in the Bend, I met a cute female ranger up in the Basin. I regaled her with stories of the yahoos I'd seen on the rim carrying huge sheath knives on their shoulder straps.  A few days later I ran into her again on one of the trails. It was her day off and she was hiking for fun. On her shoulder strap was a huge sheath knife.  Sometimes I just need to shut up.
"The trick, William Potter, is not minding that it hurts."

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Offline TXbywayofMS

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Re: Lost and Found
« Reply #10 on: May 30, 2017, 11:58:38 AM »
All i carry with on trips is an ESEE Izula strapped to my pack and a spyderco delica in the pocket. Been riding like this for years now. Never needed anything else.

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Offline Hang10er

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Re: Lost and Found
« Reply #11 on: May 30, 2017, 01:47:58 PM »
Had a knife in my pocket since Jr High (is that the right term still?).  Use it to clean my fingernails, peel/cut apples, pry things, cut open wrapped gifts (to the annoyance of my less patient children) and ever now and then I actually cut a piece of rope or something.  Never ever considered it a "defensive weapon".  Just a tool. 

I'm law enforcement and those knifes that have a clip on them so they attach to the inside of your pocket are really popular.  I like the style a bit more old fashioned, with a bone or nice wood handle.  Those are a little too round for that.  I do see it's becoming more popular to carry your pocket knife (even small 4 inchers) in a leather sheath on your belt.  Saw a whole display of sheaths (no knifes) at Buc-Ee's recently.  I just spend most of my time in shorts and seldom wear a belt.

Maybe those bigger "Crocodile Dundee" knifes provide some false sense of security, like me sleeping inside a tent to be safe from bears and things that go bump in the night instead of cowboy style under the stars.

I won't laugh at your big knife, don't laugh at me for throwing up a Coleman. 

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Offline House Made of Dawn

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Re: Lost and Found
« Reply #12 on: May 30, 2017, 02:22:24 PM »
I promise to never, ever laugh at you, Hang10er. You are a mensch and a man among men. I consider a knife a defensive weapon, not against humans, but against mountain lions (and, hey, I just became one on BBC!!!!!) because of stories like this one.......

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/environment/article/Big-Bend-mountain-lion-attacks-boy-6-3105934.php

Most of my field research has been on birds, but I have done a tiny amount on Puma concolor, and while I know an attack is infinitesimally likely, the chances are not zero.  I've had two face to face encounters and been stalked once. Bear attacks are even more likely and I've been through several bluff charges. If everything else fails, I like knowing I can take out eyes, maybe even a carotid artery.
"The trick, William Potter, is not minding that it hurts."

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Offline horns93

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Re: Lost and Found
« Reply #13 on: May 31, 2017, 03:13:55 PM »
. Bear attacks are even more likely and I've been through several bluff charges. If everything else fails, I like knowing I can take out eyes, maybe even a carotid artery.

I hope you never have your "Hugh Glass" moment but that would make for one helluva trip report. Hahaha

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Re: Lost and Found
« Reply #14 on: May 31, 2017, 03:42:54 PM »
. Bear attacks are even more likely and I've been through several bluff charges. If everything else fails, I like knowing I can take out eyes, maybe even a carotid artery.

I hope you never have your "Hugh Glass" moment but that would make for one helluva trip report. Hahaha

 :icon_lol: :icon_lol: :icon_lol:  I first read the story below in Backpacker Magazine, but couldn't find a link to it. I did, however, find a link to the same story in Good Housekeeping ( :eusa_think: go figure...). Also, note: the bear was a grizzly, NOT a black.  Makes all the difference.... If I were ever attacked this viciously by a grizzly, I'd be sorely tempted to use my knife on my own carotid. But, as the story proves: there's always hope, Frodo.

http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/news/a40750/man-survived-bear-attack-twice/
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