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Old 09-23-2005, 06:19 PM   #1
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The left hand must be punished

I'm a handy guy. I like to fix things. I got my first Leatherman tool for Christmas some years back and I remember wondering "Oookay. Thanks." Not long after that it became clear to me that the Leatherman was the best gift since my first two wheel bike. I could take care of something right then and there. It beats a Swiss Army Knife, hands down. When I upgraded from their first model to the Supertool I became even happier because the tool/blade locked in place when deployed. Now when I crush my knuckles, I know it's because I was using too much force, and not because the tool collapsed.

Oh yeah. Knuckles are made to be mashed. They're like bumpers for the other more delicate parts of your hands. How do I know the other parts are more delicate? Because I keep stabbing them. And slicing them and skinning them and smashing them. *sigh* I managed to give myself another inch long gash this morning. Right at the hinge of my left thumb. I know better. I swear I do. I must just forget and need to have my memory refreshed or something.

I use knives all the time. At any given moment, I'm carrying at least two or more. Knives, not individual blades. My mom got me a nice Buck Crosslock for my birthday a few years back (this is the carnivore I fed this morning ), the Leatherman, a small Swiss Army Knife for delicate work, etc. I have my heart set on a knife for my next birthday present. A Boddington knife from Anza Knives. I keep them sharp. I have had them Scary Sharp, but practically speaking, only my planes can stay that way. The knives are working tools, not art objects. I strongly recommend reading the Scary Sharp article. It does work, I have used it and the results are UNbelievable.

But my poor left hand, thrust into the line of fire, or steel, again and again. I must be a slow learner. I can still count to ten without taking my shoes off though, I'm happy to say. Watching my dad amputate the last half inch of his thumb one day on the deck keeps me honest about really big motions with sharp tools. Am I the only one with ten times the scars on the left than the right?
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Old 09-23-2005, 06:57 PM   #2
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I've used a Lansky Diamond System for the last 15 or so years with great results.
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Old 09-23-2005, 09:12 PM   #3
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I've gone through any number of pocketknives, and a Leatherman. I currently like the BuckTool, because there's a smooth surface on the outside whether it's in knife or pliers mode. But I mostly use X-Acto...

And, even though I'm left handed, my scars are pretty evenly distributed.
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Old 09-23-2005, 10:25 PM   #4
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a leatherman squirt lives in my pocket every day. the scissors get the most use. Oh, and i never cut myself. i do, however bang my head into things by accident sometimes.
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Old 09-24-2005, 02:31 AM   #5
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I'm a Gerber fan myself.. I've had a locking Gerber multi-thingy for a couple years now after my leatherman bent out of shape

Also just purchased a new Gerber Paraframe I knife.. and i freaking love this thing. Light aluminum handle, surgical steel blade, and a dark titanium powder coating all around
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Old 09-24-2005, 03:12 AM   #6
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I like the Micra for on my keychain which I have on me almost all the time. I'll grab a Swiss or standard leatherman or other tool if I know ahead of time.
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Old 09-24-2005, 11:05 AM   #7
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I'm a Gerber fan myself.. I've had a locking Gerber multi-thingy for a couple years now after my leatherman bent out of shape
I also love the Gerbers ... I have their multitool (although I do need to get one of the more recent ones), two EZ-outs (straight and serrated), both the big and the little Paraframe, an LST that turned out to be 1/500 of some signature edition (not expected or noticed at time of purchase), a couple of other folders that have been quietly sitting in boxes over the years, and, my most favorite, a Mark I.
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Old 09-24-2005, 02:56 PM   #8
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I like spyderco , i have an enduro , a dragon fly( COOL Little blade ) , and one of there TOTALY useless multi tools ,
I have a few different gerbers , bucks , But i am currently digging on an Emerson hard wear folder .

Now as to knife scars , I have more on my left hand , includeing one between my index nuckle and the Fuck You finger nuckle from a crok stick sharpner , i had a buck folder SOOOOO sharp and was dressing the edge , well i wasent paying attention and just slid the tip between my nuckles , weird that it didn't bleed much , but i could see thru the hole , and it HURT for a LONG time !!!!!
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Old 09-24-2005, 03:53 PM   #9
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BigV , have you ever seen this place , http://www.knifecenter.com/
They have about EVERY thing edgey , good prices aswell
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Old 09-24-2005, 04:10 PM   #10
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Urrrgh! Even reading this thread makes me break out in a cold sweat. Because I have to take Coumadin, I am not safe near knives of any kind Last summer I dropped a steak knife while I was setting the table and it managed to land point down into the middle of my bare foot. I left a trail of blood all over the wood floors, out the door and down the sidewalk as I ran to my neighbor's house for help putting pressure on a tiny little puncture which turned so dramatic

Some advice for the gals who handle tools, be aware that using exfoliants for your face (or any other places) will cause your fingertips and palms to become like glass. It is impossible to hold onto anything without concentrating, unless you really grip almost anything will slip out of your hand, with unfortunate results.
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Old 09-25-2005, 01:13 AM   #11
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1) I *love* knives.
2) I lose knives.
3) Therefore, I buy few knives, as I will lose them.

I have a Schrade Uncle Henry folder in the camper that I strap on while camping out. It has been thoroughly abused and neglected, yets serves me well without complaint...and, because I don't carry it daily, I haven't lost it in twenty years.
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Old 09-25-2005, 01:40 AM   #12
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SOG Vision. 8.37" of silky smooth titanium.


Where I go, it goes. Except the airport. Sometimes.

NYPD confiscated my last knife of similar proportion - a negotiated compromise to a felony arrest. Bastards. So I got this one. Which I keep a little more discreetly.
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Old 09-25-2005, 01:55 AM   #13
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a negotiated compromise to a felony arrest

Care to elaborate ???
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Old 09-25-2005, 02:43 AM   #14
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a negotiated compromise to a felony arrest

Care to elaborate ???
Yeah, I cough up the knife and they don't book me on a felony charge. I got nailed carrying a kevlar/stainless-steel 9" Benchmade Stryker which, incidentally, I bought in person at the knifecenter.com's warehouse on the Baltimore side of DC back in '99 way before anyone ever heard of them. Too bad they don't make the exact model anymore - that was a helluva good knife. Or, for some cop or cop's brother-in-law, still is.
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Old 09-25-2005, 04:06 AM   #15
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left hand for sure. two nice one's stand out. one about 1" on my thumb and the other about the same length on my middle finger. i am though missing a small chunk of flesh on my right pinky.
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