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#196152 - 02/19/10 02:36 PM FAKs and day hikes, (bloody pictures!)
Skimo Offline
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Registered: 11/28/09
Posts: 41
Loc: Tinker AFB Oklahoma, USA
Ok, I'm one step closer to being less stupid.

First, the PICS! laugh







After sharpening and checking the edge of my RAT 7 (no affiliation or promotion, just the knife that I was sharpening)

I went to sheath it, took my eyes off of it for a split second and got the freshly sharpened needle tip of the blade to the bone.

I haven't carried FAKs on day hikes due to the "It can't happen to me" mentality, or some leftover Superman mentality.

What I realized is deep wounds need sterilization much more than light nicks. I've updated my pack with 4x4 sterile gauze, anti-bacterial goop, and a roll of breathable sticky bandage.

I may add medical grade super glue, I haven't decided yet.
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#196155 - 02/19/10 02:51 PM Re: FAKs and day hikes, (bloody pictures!) [Re: Skimo]
hikermor Offline
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Unless you can find a first aid protocol that actually recommends super glue, I would say no thanks to that item.

It doesn't look like you were bleeding very profusely (easy for me to say!). I sometimes let those kind bleed just a bit before applying a dressing, in the hope that anything bad carried into the wound will be flushed out (only when the bleeding is light!)

Fact is, you can never tell when FAKs will be needed.
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#196164 - 02/19/10 04:05 PM Re: FAKs and day hikes, (bloody pictures!) [Re: hikermor]
JohnN Offline
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Registered: 10/10/01
Posts: 966
Loc: Seattle, WA
Originally Posted By: hikermor
Unless you can find a first aid protocol that actually recommends super glue, I would say no thanks to that item.


+1. Looks like a steri-strip would deal with that just fine.

My understanding with the super glue is that if you don't clean the wound well enough, you risk closing it permanently with the debris/contamination inside.

You never know when you or someone else is going to get hurt which is why I keep a kit in my EDC bag as well as the car, as well as the garage, as well as one on each floor in the house.

-john

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#196165 - 02/19/10 04:22 PM Re: FAKs and day hikes, (bloody pictures!) [Re: JohnN]
thseng Offline
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Registered: 03/24/06
Posts: 899
Loc: NW NJ
Just make sure your tetanus shot is up to date!
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#196167 - 02/19/10 04:31 PM Re: FAKs and day hikes, (bloody pictures!) [Re: thseng]
JohnN Offline
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Registered: 10/10/01
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Loc: Seattle, WA

Tetanus shots protect against infection and foreign bodies?

-john

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#196169 - 02/19/10 04:51 PM Re: FAKs and day hikes, (bloody pictures!) [Re: JohnN]
thseng Offline
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Registered: 03/24/06
Posts: 899
Loc: NW NJ
Originally Posted By: JohnN

Tetanus shots protect against infection and foreign bodies?

Ok, perhaps I was unclear:
Just Please make sure your tetanus shot is up to date!

Better?
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#196172 - 02/19/10 05:07 PM Re: FAKs and day hikes, (bloody pictures!) [Re: thseng]
JohnN Offline
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Registered: 10/10/01
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Gotcha. :-)

-john

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#196174 - 02/19/10 05:35 PM Re: FAKs and day hikes, (bloody pictures!) [Re: JohnN]
Dagny Offline
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Registered: 11/25/08
Posts: 1903
Loc: Washington, DC

Ouch! I was looking at a Bark River knife once and the slightest touch resulted in a bleeder.

We're dogscootering tomorrow, with your cautionary note in mind I'm going to throw in my handlebar bag a mini-FAK that's usually in my daypack.

I hope your wound heals quickly.


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#196184 - 02/19/10 09:50 PM Re: FAKs and day hikes, (bloody pictures!) [Re: Dagny]
Skimo Offline
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Registered: 11/28/09
Posts: 41
Loc: Tinker AFB Oklahoma, USA
Oh, it bled very well, I knelt in front of the sink to get my hand up, ran cold water over it for about 5 minutes until the water wasn't coming out pink, tip went to the bone.

I got a good look inside the wound several hours later, today while picking up litter on a trail I walk it opened up again, had blood dripping from the bandage in seconds.

I would separate it to try to get a shot of how deep it is, but it'll fill with blood to quickly.

For me it was just more of a wake up call, had the knife slipped instead of stopping at the bone the cut would have been much larger.
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#196185 - 02/19/10 11:00 PM Re: FAKs and day hikes, (bloody pictures!) [Re: Skimo]
Todd W Offline
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Registered: 11/14/04
Posts: 1928
Loc: Mountains of CA
Two hands when sheathing the knife?

I make a habit to use one, and look to prevent what you did. The second hand holding the sheath is an EASY target for what you did, or slicing the palm if the blade goes off. W/no hand there it wouldn't hit anything except slide on your leg (unless you were 'stabbing' it in hard which it could then stab your leg).

Angle tip toward sheath, find opening, slide in. Single handed, and if you miss nothing gets cut.

BTW. I have the same knife, and they are awesome. I think the RAT-7 is my favorite. The grip for me is AWESOME, and great balance. What steel do you have 1095 or D2?
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