View Full Version : Knife Sayings

09-03-2003, 12:00 AM
In keeping w/VW's mall story,does anyone know of any 'wise sayings' as to why you carry a knife? Like a quote from somebody famous that you can use when dealing w/a goofball. I remember someone used to have a sig w/a quote that said something about wearing a watch and carrying a pencil and he carried a knife because he wasn't an ape.

I'd be nice to have a fancy comeboack rather than,"because it's useful".

09-03-2003, 01:42 AM
When all you have is a hammer all your problems look like nails?

09-03-2003, 03:51 AM
The most famous quote why to carry a knife is from the late James Mattis. VW posted a thread about it not so long ago.

Here's his reason:

My good reason to carry a knife is that God gave me rather weak teeth and rudimentary claws in an evolutionary trade-off. The hairy-armed person who figured out how to put an edge on a suitable rock made it possible for us to be recognizably human in the first place. I wear a wristwatch whether or not I have an appointment to keep, and I carry a pen and/or pencil because I am a literate person whether or not I have a specific writing task ahead of me, and I carry a knife because I am a human and not an ape.


09-03-2003, 05:07 AM
Digged up the thread for reference

<A HREF="http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&postid=1008304">http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&postid=1008304</A>

Mr Blonde
09-03-2003, 06:27 AM
That is a great quote from the late Mr. Mattis, I use it whenever necessary and it works. Well...that and lending out my old Delica to people (I know) who question the use and carry of knives. It´s my version of the Spyderco test, try one for a month and see how you like it.


09-03-2003, 11:25 AM
'The simplest yet ultimate expression of art and function combined'


09-03-2003, 12:13 PM
I always liked the James Mattis explanation, because it's right on target. Only problem is, it's too long - it sounds like making excuses, rather than being a brief, obvious (duh!) response.

Not that I have anything better to offer, just my take on it...

I usually respond with the "..So I can cut this ____ " - with the ____ being whatever it was that I opened my knife to cut when I was asked the question. There are those who'll *never* get it, though, it seems.

09-03-2003, 01:37 PM
"Knifeless is lifeless"
When it comes to knives, I live in a crappy country!<img src="sad.gif" width=15 height=15 align=middle border=0>

09-03-2003, 01:46 PM
Why do I carry a knife? Because I have one. Because I can. Because I need it.

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Stevie Ray
09-03-2003, 04:08 PM
Chuckling .... Because I always have .... since I was 10. Nuff said ... They usually don't ask for more and I don't offer.

09-03-2003, 04:48 PM
14yr hobby... 5th bday started it all...

usally folks ask while I'm cutting something(sse my fun this weekend), so the usual reponse is &quot;what am I doing?&quot; or &quot;I'm cooking supper tonight&quot;.

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09-03-2003, 06:54 PM
This isn't a knife, it's a tool...Would you feel better if I carried a chainsaw in my pocket?. <img src="smile.gif" width=15 height=15 align=middle border=0>

Dann Fassnacht Aberdeen, WA glockman99@hotmail.com ICQ: 53675663

09-03-2003, 07:07 PM
My fav is;

&quot;Better to have and not need, than to need and not have.&quot; <img src="wink.gif" width=15 height=15 align=middle border=0>

Survive, Adapt, and Overcome...

09-03-2003, 07:10 PM
I get BIG letters.

09-03-2003, 07:17 PM

Do you quote Paul Hogan when you whip that bad boy out??? <img src="smile.gif" width=15 height=15 align=middle border=0>

Stay safe! Stay sharp!

09-03-2003, 07:48 PM
More like Devo...
&quot;when a problem comes along
you must whip it (out)
before the cream sits out too long
you must whip it (out)
when something's going wrong
you must whip it (out)
whip it good&quot;

Butt I am coming to Paul's fishing method ala Dundee, lately can't get a salmon strike. Went dry this morning and blown off the water by noon. Wanted to try my Dodo on field dressing a king.

09-04-2003, 12:45 AM
Props Ted. That was the exact quote I was looking for . :-)

09-04-2003, 11:57 AM
&quot;A knifeless man is a lifeless man&quot; - &lt;i&gt;old Norse Proverb&lt;/i&gt;

&quot;One sword keeps another in the sheath&quot; - &lt;i&gt;George Herbert&lt;/i&gt;

A wayfarer should not walk unarmed,
But have his weapons to hand:
He knows not when he may need a spear,
Or what menace meet on the road. -&lt;i&gt;The Havamal of Odin&lt;/i&gt;

I learned to &quot;Be prepared&quot; as a Scout. How prepared are you? - &lt;i&gt;java&lt;/i&gt;


Fishin' ala Mick Dundee exceeds the level of preparedness I was taught. Stun and smoke one for me and I'll drop by on my way to Bellingham next month. <img src="smile.gif" width=15 height=15 align=middle border=0>

Stay safe! Stay sharp!

Edited by - java on 9/4/2003 11:58:29 AM

deputy tom
09-09-2003, 11:05 PM
Luke 22:35-36:
&quot;and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.&quot;

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