Why I Always Bring a Knife on Board

 

 

 

My first response tech is a knife. I carry it everywhere I go. When I go on a date, I have a small pocket knife that I surreptitiously keep in my person. You can call me a knife aficionado and I would love that title.

Top Reasons Why I Always Carry a Knife

Back in the days when nobody carries a cellphone in their person, I’ve already been carrying a knife. I wouldn’t be caught not carrying a good knife and here are the top reasons why:

  1. It’s handyI just find it handy when I have a knife. When something needs cutting—and it happens a lot—I just like it when I have something to cut it with. Strolling around my garden, I always find a twig or two that needs trimming. When I go backpacking, I use a knife to open a can of food. I just want to have a knife when I need one.
  2. Cutting foodDo you what’s always dull? Restaurant knives. Just when you’re just about ready to cut a steak, you realize that the knife they provide is not sharp enough. My pocket knife to the rescue, and how cool is that? Too cool.
  3. Rescuing love onesI don’t like it when it happens, but when it does, my knife is my first response tool. Cutting a seat belt, smashing a window is easy when you have with you a decent rescue knife. If you don’t have one, you can just be another bystander in an emergency situation.
  4. Saving livesWhen somebody is bleeding, you might need to cut layers of clothing before you can get to the wound. If the wound is not exposed, how can you apply first aid? A knife can often make a difference when you’re in a situation wherein you need to save lives.
  5. Making FireCutting dry wood is easy with a decent rescue knife. Even when the weather is not good, you can still find dry woods that you can use to start a fire with. Having a good knife will give you access to these woods. If you don’t have a knife, what are you going to cut it with?
  6. Self defenseThis is the most important reason for carrying a knife as far as I’m concerned. I’m a marksman and while I have a concealed carry permit, having a knife in my pocket completes my everyday carry.

People who face danger on a daily basis like firemen carry knives on their person on a regular basis. If this small tool can help people who face danger every day, how much more can it help a guy like me with simple needs? Do you think it’s a good idea to be carrying a knife everywhere? Share a comment or two below.

Night Time Boating Safety

Lots of people enjoy boating at night, even if it’s just floating within eyesight of the dock to enjoy some peace and quiet. That being said, no matter what you’re up to on the water, day or night, it’s always a good idea to think about safety precautions ahead of time. We’re not talking about preparing a disaster kit, but rather, just spending a little bit of time thinking ahead to put some items on the boat that may come in handy if you ever need them.

Many survival items will be applicable here. These include things like having an appropriate knife, some extra layers of clothing, water, may a little bit of non-perishable food, and some way to flag down help if you’re stranded. One thing we didn’t mention are personal floatation devices, but we sincerely hope it goes without saying that these are a MUST in all situations and should always be worn and present on the boat at all times.

Boating at Night

Boating at night isn’t usually recommended for obvious reasons. However, if you do decide to get out on the water in reduced visibility, let’s talk about a couple different items that could be worth having for safety reasons, and to be honest, can be pretty fun as well.

Light Sources

Having some sort of flashlight can go a long way when you’re boating at night. We’re not talking your dinky little flashlight that you can get from the dollar store. Rather, some boat enthusiasts love having a rugged and extremely bright flashlight on board. This can serve two main safety purposes. First, and likely most obvious, is that it allows you to see your surroundings with a lot of light. Second, if you become stranded, military grade flashlights often have extremely high lumen ratings, making them highly visible for miles. This could make the difference between receiving help and being stranded for an extended period of time, exposing yourself to the elements.

However, we have spoken with the odd boating enthusiast who had gone one step further. This may be a little bit of overkill, but some people like the idea of having hands-off capability with their flashlight. Perhaps the simplest way to achieve this is with a headlamp, ideally a really bright LED headlamp, so you can still have full use of your hands.

If you’re fishing, using a flashlight on the water will both attract and scare fish depending on how you’re using it. In any case, it affects the strategy and takes away from the pureness of the sport. Some extreme night time fishermen opt to wear night vision goggles, but we suspect this is largely for fun, rather than safety or strategy.

Communication

Of course, having a radio or some other form of guaranteed communication with the mainland is must at all times on a boat, but if you’re really worried about things cutting out, having a satellite phone can come in handy, but this can be really difficult to implement on a boat, especially if it’s not huge or you often have lots of other people aboard.

Final Notes

If you’re already thinking about safety items for your boat, or better yet, additional safety items for your boat, then you’re already on a great track. We hope this article gave you a couple thoughts about various light sources for the boat, however unconventional, that could be highly applicable to your next trip. Stay safe, and have fun!