The first part of the successful utilization of a folding knife is to safely remove it from your pocket. Then open your knife as prescribed by the manufacturer. Some knives have a quick assist spring while others feature a thumb stud for one handed opening.
|Your overall knife handling experience will be enhanced by not grasping it by the sharp pointy end.|
Once the knife is open, apply its bladed function to your immediate cutting needs. Proper utilization could include cutting 550 cord, opening mail, or plunging the entire blade into the brain of an undead shambler through its eye socket.
Now comes the most critical part of proper knife operations. Once you are done using the knife…wait for it…you close it and put it away! This is key for a successful knife wielding experience.
This bears repeating. Once you are done using the knife…wait for it…you close it and put it away! This is key for a successful knife wielding experience.
Why do I have to put special emphasis on this last essential step? Because Marines have most often cut themselves on seemingly innocent knives minding their own business until they viciously jumped up and bit the nearest Lance Cpl. What prompted my original brief was the Jarhead who used his knife on something, set it down, then immediately sat on it. A little more to the left and he might have lobotomized himself.
Put your knives away. Think of the buttocks!
This was another period of military instruction brought to you by America’s SgtMaj and sponsored by the letters D, U, M, B, A, S, and also the letter S.