Monday, February 05, 2007

Men carrying knives

I've noticed that most of the men in my small town carry knives of varying size, shape, origin, and purpose.

Some have neat little holsters on their belt.
Some just pull them out of their pockets when something needs cutting, slicing, dicing, hacking or opening.
My Father-in-law carries a 3" long single-bladed pocket knife that was his Daddy's from way back. It's old as dirt and looks like it's been sharpened by a dry, dull stone a few hundred times too many.

The attorney, the accountant, the banker, the hardware store owner, the artist and the Pastor -- all upstanding town citizens and members of the non-profit Board I sit on -- all toters of finely sharpened blades.

In fact, the only two members present at the recent Board meeting that weren't carrying mini-samurai swords were the OSBI Special Agent and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol chopper pilot -- but they were packing heat -- tools of a different caliber, so to speak.

I guess I need to accept the notion that knives are just another tool to carry around...like a hammer, or crescent wrench...or sickle.

Now where did I put that switchblade I picked up in Tijuana a fews years ago...

5 comments:

WarWagon said...

Yep, I've got a Buck 503 in my pocket all the time myself. Wouldn't feel right going out and about without it.

dennis said...

Until I started my current career path (which includes frequent visits to courthouses--for research purposes) I often carried a pocket knife.

Back in college, I carried a butterfly knife with a 4 1/2" blade, but then I lived in an area where frequent gunshots were the rule not the exception...

~ Amy ~ said...

Interesting! I live in the country and grew up on a farm/ranch and have been around "those" knives all my life. I've never thought much about how it must look to others. Just one of those things that have always been. Although I dont carry one myself I know just how necessary they can be.

I love to read your posts. The "snowplow roadkill" was pretty funny - and again - never thought much about how they might look to others. It's great to hear another's perspective on such overlooked common things.

tammy said...

it's a perk of living in oklahoma to have someone standing by to cut something at a moment's notice. i carry one in my purse :).

jon said...

Go with Benchmade!!