Knives are among humanity’s oldest tools, and they’re just as useful today as they were for our prehistoric ancestors. We’re always looking for stories that illustrate this utility, and we’ve run a few in our ‘Knife Stories’ series. The American Knife And Tool Institute, it turns out, is way ahead of us.
“A Colorado rancher working on his irrigation system is pinned under a pile of irrigation pipe. As the breath is being squeezed out of him, his only hope is to get to his knife and cut the rope holding the stacks of pipes together. Once the rope is cut, the individual pipes roll off the stack and he escapes with his life.”
Try doing that with your cell phone. With luck, the EMTs would arrive in time to keep the coyotes from having lunch at your expense.
AKTI has a tidy collection of accounts like this, where the quick use of a knife saved lives or prevented serious injury. These aren’t DKUs, but real-life examples of the knife as a lifesaving tool. These accounts are useful for debating hoplophobes, and for reminding fence-sitters that knives are simply tools we all have the right to use.
Check out ‘Knives Save Lives’ for yourself at AKTI.org.