Thursday, August 2, 2012

Today's Lesson

I always usually carry a folding knife with me. I use it for everything from opening packages to cutting up a lunchtime apple. Today I received the package shown below. The envelope was wrapped in multiple layers of reinforced strapping tape. I wasn't going to be tearing this one open by hand. After registering my amazement at the packaging method, I reached for the knife that should be in my pocket, and it was not there. I somehow forgot to load it up this morning when I left for work.


This wasn't an emergency, but it made me think. You can't predict when you'll need a tool, be it your knife, a flashlight, or even a gun. It's easy to be complacent and head out unprepared for an emergency. In my case I didn't check that I had everything I usually carry before I left the house. The knife is something I use frequently, and this time when I needed it, my carelessness caught up and it wasn't there. I didn't even realize I didn't have it until I needed it. It certainly wasn't a crises that I couldn't get into the package right then. But it was a reminder. Be prepared. Carry your tools.

8 comments:

  1. Knives represent a large part of my "normal carry items". Typically I have no less than three on meat any given day. Just like checking to see the chambers are full, I check the knives too. Blades offer a great alternative to a handgun (providing you are trained well),,,in a crowded environment I won't have to worry about a stray bullet. In a typical CQC situation you will most likely meet me with a blade first. I have total confidence in my abilities with a blade.

    It never hurts to double check! Good topic.

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  2. My solution is to drop pocket knives like Johnny Appleseed. One stays on my desk at work, one lives in my car, one in my pocket, and there's a couple of them somewhere around here in the house.

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    1. Good idea. I needed an excuse to pickup more folders. ;-)

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  3. Lol, I am like a walking knives store. I usually have 3. 2 are more specific to self defense and the other is like yours...multi-purpose. I feel naked without them.

    Good idea though to have them stashed around different places.

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    1. You all make me feel so deficient, I try to have one on me; concealed but readily available. I'm going to have to place some spares around to keep up. :-)

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  4. Rule 9.
    (http://ncis.wikia.com/wiki/Leroy_Jethro_Gibbs/Rules)

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