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Question of the Day: What’s the Longest You’ve Been “Nekkid”?

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I was originally going to ask “Do you feel naked without a knife?”, but I figured that would be too easy. I imagine that folks who feel strongly enough about the subject to be reading a knife blog would clock in somewhere near 100% in the “yes” column. I just returned from a week-long trip to visit family in Holland. As wonderful as the country and people are, they are hopelessly hoplophobic. Knife laws in Holland (which I will cover in another post) are even worse than those our New Jersey brethren have to deal with . . .

Since I didn’t want to accidentally run afoul of the law in a foreign country, I made the difficult decision to leave my blades at home. I did carry a Combat Ready Knives M-4 Tactical Pen, though, as a weapon of last resort in the unlikely event I would need it.

I have a Tennessee Carry Permit, but for various personal reasons I don’t carry my CCW at all times, though I understand the philosophy and mindset of those who do. Since I spent the first 30+ years of my life not carrying a gun, I don’t experience that same naked feeling without it. However, I carry at least one knife at all times where it is legal. It’s been at least seven years since I considered doing it somewhere knives are forbidden (cough).

Regardless, this week-long period was the longest that I’ve been without a knife since I was about 12. The feelings I had ranged from annoyed (needing to open packaging) to vulnerable (walking around Amsterdam). What is the longest you have been “nekkid” without your blade?

Discussion

17 responses to ‘Question of the Day: What’s the Longest You’ve Been “Nekkid”?

  1. A day. Two at the most. Carrying a knife, for utility, not protection, is a daily deal for me. Has been since Boy Scouts.

  2. My worst stretch of being knifeless was working at the prison. For a year I carried nothing stabby or bangy while I was working. Sucked. Only job I ever had where I wanted to burn my clothes at the end of each shift.

    To steal a line from Richard Pryor,”Thank God we got prisons!”

  3. 10 weeks in Ukraine and 5 weeks in Russia are the first and second longest periods of time in my adult life I’ve been without an EDC knife.

  4. I generally have one on me except when I am in the shower. I edc at college and even around cities that don’t let you carry (Sacramento). I haven’t had to go to the courthouse or airport lately, so I got lucky there

  5. Every day I feel naked. I live in jersey so no gun, no knives. Actually I don’t know what the laws Are here, maybe you guys could help me figure that out. I bring a small box cutter to work and was looking to upgrade to an actual knife maybe a mora, but didn’t want jail time hell I might be breaking the law now!

  6. 4-6 hours on a flight would be the most. The only other time I have been without is 2-3 hours in a court house for a previous employer.

  7. The longest stretch I’ve gone in recent memory without would be a flight overseas, where I promptly bought one there. I tend not to go anywhere I can’t at least have a knife. Besides, they’re so dammed useful.

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