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#134874 - 06/05/08 06:39 PM Tool of Choice
Jeanette_Isabelle Offline
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In a forum where the number one tool of choice is a pocket knife, I have mentioned a few times that my tool of choice is a pair of EMT shears. I don't try to be a rebel, it's simply a pair of EMT shears works best for me for my environment. How many brave souls are out there who are willing to admit they use something other than a pocket knife and what is your tool of choice?

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#134880 - 06/05/08 08:00 PM Re: Tool of Choice [Re: Jeanette_Isabelle]
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You're braver than most!

For many of us (and I'm by no means immune) pride, greed, and lust get in the way of better judgement.

I tell people all the time the only knife they need is a $9 Mora but personally spend tons on cutlery that I don't need.

EMT Shears are great but I hide mine in my first aid kits...where I usually can't get at them for the every day tasks they excel at.

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#134881 - 06/05/08 08:12 PM Re: Tool of Choice [Re: Jeanette_Isabelle]
nursemike Offline
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Right on, Jeannette-
We carry knives only because they won't let us carry swords.

I agree that EMT shears can do almost anything that a knife can do-scissors are, after all, just two funny-looking knives hooked together. And, with the regard to psk's that will make it past the airport screen, please note that pointed scissors with blades less than 4 inches are permissible. (http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/prohibited/permitted-prohibited-items.shtm)
So, one can travel with a useful edged device-EMT shears.
So under your gentle and astute guidance, we will soon see the blade in the DRPSK replaces with teeny scissors from a swiss army knife.
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#134882 - 06/05/08 08:35 PM Re: Tool of Choice [Re: nursemike]
bsmith Offline
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in a previous environment my first choice was also emt shears.

now the tool of choice for me is a leatherman squirt p4.

it's an edc item for me. and it has a blade.


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#134883 - 06/05/08 08:54 PM Re: Tool of Choice [Re: bsmith]
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I am going to(next year) edc trauma shears, just because my school doesn't let me carry a knife (even though I do sometimes, and I know plenty of people who do) just because I really don't want to risk it.
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#134888 - 06/05/08 10:02 PM Re: Tool of Choice [Re: nursemike]
Jeanette_Isabelle Offline
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Originally Posted By: nursemike
So under your gentle and astute guidance, we will soon see the blade in the DRPSK replaces with teeny scissors from a swiss army knife.

I don't want to see that. The point is to use the best tool for the job. If a Katana happens the best tool for the job, use a Katana, don't use a wrench.

Jeanette Isabelle
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#134889 - 06/05/08 10:28 PM Re: Tool of Choice [Re: Jeanette_Isabelle]
Russ Offline
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Originally Posted By: JeanetteIsabelle
. . .The point is to use the best tool for the job. . .
Exactly, which is why I've switched to various SAK's and multi-tools for daily carry. Scissors are just one of the very useful tools. I found myself not needing the high end steels in my locking folders and that Victor's Inox wink steel is more than adequate for 99% of what I need a knife for. Leatherman and Swiss Army Knives are great to have handy. I'm not ready to fall back to a pair of EMT shears, but have no problem with those that can. cool
'course, if you look in my EDC backpack, you'll find a mini RSK, I just can't not carry a good locking folder

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#134892 - 06/05/08 10:36 PM Re: Tool of Choice [Re: Jeanette_Isabelle]
dougwalkabout Offline
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Nothing wrong with EMT shears. You can accomplish a great deal with them. And you're probably better prepared for the unexpected than any of your friends.

I carry EMT shears on commercial aircraft, and am glad to have them.

But it's worth noting that a knife has a broader range of uses, especially outside of urban (man-made) areas. So that tends to be the default tool of choice for most of us.

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#134894 - 06/05/08 10:53 PM Re: Tool of Choice [Re: dougwalkabout]
Jeanette_Isabelle Offline
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Originally Posted By: dougwalkabout
But it's worth noting that a knife has a broader range of uses, especially outside of urban (man-made) areas. So that tends to be the default tool of choice for most of us.

Considering how most of the members seem to be "the great outdoors" type, I would agree.

Jeanette Isabelle
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#134915 - 06/06/08 02:16 AM Re: Tool of Choice [Re: Jeanette_Isabelle]
OldBaldGuy Offline
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I have several pair of ETM scissors scattered around, but I can't whittle with them, and more importantly, I can't clean my fingernails with them. So I pack my Leatherman Wave all the time. Won't cut a penny in half like the EMT's will, but it will do a lot of other usefull things...
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