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Last week, my friend came to visit so we could do some hardcore geocaching (see geocaching.com for more information). We had a wonderful time and can’t wait to get out again, despite the bumps, bruises, and bites (those darn mosquitoes!). We found hundreds of caches (yes, we’re pretty committed to the game), but near one particular “ground zero” I had an unexpected find — a knife. That’s a good find. [Note: In was in a place where there was no way to find the owner, who was probably long gone, so I decided the knife is now mine.]

It’s not my first knife. I have an emergency knife that I keep near me. I carry in my car, in my purse, or on my person. Why do I have it? Because though I never want to need it, I don’t want to be without it. Here are a few of my reasons:

  1. Personal safety. I know that if I’m in a situation where I want a weapon on my side, I’ve got a knife. I’m not trained in knife fighting, but I suspect I am more confident knowing I have a knife I can use – or at least branish – in a sticky situation. Don’t know if it would save me – never had to use it that way – but I feel better having it around. (At this point, I’d be remiss if I didn’t remind you of the great line in Crocodile Dundee where the hoodlum pulls out a knife, the “city girl” is scared (“Oh no! He has a knife!”), and Crocodile Dundee replies, “That’s not a knife. THIS is a knife!” as he pulls out his much bigger knife – and, of course, the hoodlums run away.)
  2. Many times that I bought something and it came in that awful plastic packaging that is almost impossible to remove (blister pack, I think they call it). I usually use scissors to get inside, but I didn’t have scissors with me – I only had my knife. And my knife did the job just fine
  3. To be able to cut things up, like apples. When I was growing up, my dad used his pocket knife to cut apples for us when we went to visit him at work and eat lunch with him. He wielded that blade like a pro, and my respect for him grew every time I saw him.
  4. A blade also comes in really handy for opening letters . . . or cutting clothes off a person who needs first aid . . . or making a fire . . . or whittling wood when you’re bored (hello, emergency time-filler!), . . . or any one of a lot of other things that a knife is useful for on an everyday basis.

Maybe you should have an emergency knife, too?

In a future post, I’ll talk about what features my emergency knife has, and what other features (if any) I wish it had. In the meantime, I think I’ll go examine my new-to-me knife, and see if the blade needs sharpening.

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