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Re: Awkard moments or negative responses while using your ED

Post by MasterMaker » Sat Mar 01, 2014 7:44 pm

Got "the stare" from a lady(45 ish) a couple of weeks ago as I used what is probably the most tool like and non threatening knife imaginable that can fit in a pocket(a stanley folding utility knife), to cut some tape when taping together a few 4" plastic drain pipes at the local everything chinese store...

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Post by 101airborne » Sun Mar 02, 2014 9:42 am

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Post by gallowglas » Thu Apr 03, 2014 5:33 am

I teach high school science. Over the years I have had a EDC pouch with tools. The Tide pen is the most popular being borrowed. One student who was needing superglue to repair her eyeglasses asked "why doyou have all that?" gesturing to kit.

"your using it aren't you?"

Once when covering a fellow teacher's class (maternity leave) a student wanted to go to another class to sharpen his pencil. The sharpener was broke. Rule: "do not let proplem students out of class"

"No," says I, "give me your pencil."
"What?"
Firmer, "give me your pencil."
Student does so. I reach into my bag, pull out my multitool; which I use to repair lab equipment then proceed to sharpen his pencil.
"You can't have that, its a weapon."
"Its a tool. Besides I have an entire chemistry lab at my disposal."

I had to wear it on my belt the rest of the day. Kids I never knew were coming to class to get their pencils sharpened by me.

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Post by IceWing » Wed Apr 09, 2014 2:04 pm

gallowglas wrote: "Its a tool. Besides I have an entire chemistry lab at my disposal."
Context: I graduated in 1994. When I was in Scouts, knife \ hatchet \ firemaking skills were still valuable... I was the Honors\AP\College Prep track at my public high school. I also paid attention in class.

I was sent back to the Chemistry supply room once, and passed the rolling cart that was used from time to time.

I noted the corked and taped large test tube half full of liquid with the label 'Br' setting on the top of the cart.

I got the materials I was tasked with getting, and then got out of there.... When I was in the main room, I went up to the teacher and casually asked 'wasn't bromine used as a war gas in WW1?' and he said yes, I then informed him there was a test tube labelled Br on the cart and he might want to put it away securely...

I never saw that heavyset man move so quickly...

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Re: Awkard moments or negative responses while using your ED

Post by TODP » Wed Apr 09, 2014 2:08 pm

IceWing wrote:A knife in a Chem Lab is the LEAST of your worries.
That's true. Also, you know what you'll find in the drawers of almost any chem lab?

A knife.

Gas hose doesn't cut itself. And chemicals tend to come in sealed containers.

You will probably also find scissors, which are worse than a knife, because THEY ARE TWO KNIVES! :crazy:
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Post by teotwaki » Wed Apr 09, 2014 2:56 pm

I always gave my kids multi-tools and pocket knives as stocking stuffers. When my daughter was in a college dorm some of the geeky boys invited folks over for a party. Except one of their stereo speakers was out. My daughter took out a multitool, unscrewed the back of the speaker, found a broken wire, stripped it back, reattached the ends and taped it over then reassembled the thing. Party on!

She said 90% of the room's occupants looked at her as if she was Xena Princess Warrior and Rambo all in one. The other 10% of the room became good friends. :mrgreen:
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Re: Awkard moments or negative responses while using your ED

Post by Barnabus » Wed Apr 09, 2014 4:41 pm

I have been trying to find a link to a news story I read a couple weeks ago. A high school boy, with top grades was suspended or expelled for his EDC (can't remember which, and he may have been arrested as well). He was taking courses to become an EMT or LEO after graduation. He had already enlisted in the military, and was to go into service immediately after graduation. Someone saw his pocket knife that he kept in his bag. It was a EMT knife, the kind that can be used to break car windows and sever seatbelts quickly and easily. With the expulsion, he has been told the military will not take him, and with the record now, his hopes of a LEO/EMT career is shot.
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Post by Nightwing » Wed Apr 09, 2014 6:13 pm

Here you go

http://jonathanturley.org/2014/03/18/oh ... officials/

sorry about the link but its the first one that popped up when i Google'd it
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Post by ArmchairRacer » Wed Apr 09, 2014 8:25 pm

That's crazy, half my high school carried pocket knives and lighters all the time. Everyone knew and nobody cared. And I only graduated from high school 3 years ago.

ETA: After about 3 years of paying attention to what I carry in my pockets the most awkward moments I've had have been coworkers or friends trying to figure out how to close my Benchmade Mini-gripilian. Still nothing negative.

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Post by Barnabus » Mon Apr 14, 2014 2:28 pm

Nightwing wrote:Here you go

http://jonathanturley.org/2014/03/18/oh ... officials/

sorry about the link but its the first one that popped up when i Google'd it
thats it! thanks.
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Post by Utah_ZHunter » Sat Apr 26, 2014 1:36 am

Today, lunchtime is 19:00. I garbed a can of chili, pulled out my P-38. And one of the day-shift dispatchers, as she was leaving, dam near loses it. She started off with, "Why do you have a can opener on your key chain?" I stop, look at her, and say "so I can eat my lunch." From directly behind me laughter erupts from the CEO's office. Instant blustering from the dispatcher, and out the door she goes!
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Post by MasterMaker » Sat Apr 26, 2014 9:21 am

I would classify that as more of a win than an awkward moment...
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Post by Kinzei » Wed Jul 30, 2014 11:26 am

Last year at my 8 hour HAZMAT Tech refresher at work, we were in the field working on patching a leaking drum. I plugged the hole with a wooden wedge, and the saw to trim it was missing from the kit. While they were standing around a scratching their heads, I pulled out my SAK Farmer and trimmed the wedge and applied the epoxy and patch. I didn't get any real negative comments, but I heard be carefull quite a few times. We were rapidly approaching our 2 year mark of no lost time/recordable injuries at the chemical plant that I work at. My EDC usually doesn't get much of a second glance here in Texas.
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Post by Barnabus » Wed Jul 30, 2014 3:28 pm

I was at the dentist once, and had my Leatherman on my belt. Dentist notices it and says :ohdear: "Uh oh! Are you gonna cut me?" in a joking way. I like him too much to say anything smart alecky back to him.
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Post by Shiloh » Wed Jul 30, 2014 9:44 pm

So I've realized the difference between living back in WA and here in Wyoming. A kid got arrested at my previous college because he was carrying a pocket knife and it fell out of his pants and onto the floor, a teacher freaked and called the police. He was never charged, but still.

Here? One of my instructors was trying to open a box and asked if anyone had something he could cut it with. In the span of three seconds there were at least ten knives being held up in the class. He just picked the closest one, cut the box, and handed it back. :awesome:
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Post by Sworbeyegib » Wed Jul 30, 2014 11:18 pm

One of my favorite stories involves my good friend, and my high school physics teacher. Two things to know. My physics teacher was a very cool guy, an avid spear fisherman who held a couple of patents on a spear gun design, and a total knife and multitool geek. My buddy wasn't even in any of his classes, and didn't know this about him.

One day my friend forgets that he has his pocket knife clipped in his pocket while at school. Usually he would have it either completely in his pocket, or in his backpack. My teacher sees him in the hallway, and pulls him aside. He asks him "is that a knife in your pocket?". My buddy gets scared, he's one of those straight laced kids that's never so much as cut class.

"You know you could get in trouble for this. Let me see it. (My buddy hands over the knife ashamed. My teacher opens up the blade). Wow, kind of dull huh? Ok, I'm going to hold onto this, and you come to my class as soon as school ends."

End of the day, my buddy goes to his classroom. My teacher hands back the knife and says to be smarter about it next time. The best part... My teacher sharpened my friend's knife to a scary hair splitting edge before giving it back.
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Post by zxd9 » Thu Jul 31, 2014 8:50 am

Sitting in an airport waiting for my flight. I notice a man next to me in an electric wheel chair struggling to use the joystick that controls movement. It seems to have broken loose from its mount on the arm of the chair. I dig deep into my backpack and grab several large zip ties. Problem solved. Got a few strange looks when I produced zip ties from my bag.

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Post by AfleetAlex » Thu Jul 31, 2014 7:15 pm

My EDC is in a cute Hollister backpack.

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Post by IceWing » Fri Aug 01, 2014 1:21 pm

AfleetAlex wrote:My EDC is in a cute Hollister backpack.

Grey Man, guys. Gotta be the Grey Man.
Just saw a 'fashion' backpack at Goodwill yesterday... Almost bought it for my wife's car bag... Probably should have...

Also, regarding grey man... I picked out a prepper at the Goodwill yesterday... Guy was 'trying' to be grey man, but, paracord watch band, cargo dockers AND the 'civvy style' patrol boots kinda gave it away...
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Post by prepper7 » Sun Aug 03, 2014 9:12 pm

IceWing wrote: I picked out a prepper at the Goodwill yesterday... Guy was 'trying' to be grey man, but, paracord watch band, cargo dockers AND the 'civvy style' patrol boots kinda gave it away...
Perhaps not, in some areas, the tacticool "operator" look is quite the fashion. Strangely, the look seems to be most popular in places where even even the mildest of tools (e.g., my multi colour Kershaw Ken Onion Chive) causes fainting/screaming/the calling of police (ask me how I know). Faux preparedness for life's curve balls = great! Actual preparedness = "why do you have..." -to- "ZOMG!!!!"
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Post by Redeyes » Mon Aug 04, 2014 5:32 am

I dress prepper as fuck all the time. I like functional clothes and people take Grey Man way too far. As long as some dude isn't wearing his chest rig into Wal-Mart who cares?
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Post by Sworbeyegib » Mon Aug 04, 2014 9:16 pm

A friend called me to give her car a jump star one night. First thing I did was pop the hood, and noticed that her battery terminals were heavily corroded. I told her to try and scrap some of the corrosion off, since that may be the problem. I went to my trunk to grab my jumper cables just in case when I heard her yelling and swearing...

"Oh **** its in my ******* eye, damnit its in my ******* eye!".

Somehow she flicked a piece of that nasty battery shit up and it caught her in the peeper.

Immediately, I grabbed the big bottle of the saline contact solution I kept in the little side compartment of my car (to keep my eyes from drying out when I'm driving) and told her to flush her eye out with it.

She looked at me like I was crazy. "WTF is that stuff? Why do you even have it?". I told her its just saline, and I use it for my contacts, it is completely sterile and meant to go into eyes. Then I squirted some into my own eyes just to show her it was safe.

You would've thought I was telling her to shoot bleach into her eyeballs. She did not want any part of it. She just wanted to go to the hospital.

I told her she should go to the hospital just in case. But they are going to give her the same stuff I am right now, and tell her to just keep flushing her eye over and over. It would be a good idea to start flushing it as soon as possible.

But she was unconvinced. So I went and picked up her brother (who only lived a mile or so away, it was his car she was driving), started the car and he drove her to the hospital.

A couple days later I asked her how she was doing. She said she was fine, and she was just more freaked out than anything else. I asked her what they did for her at the hospital. She said "Um... they gave me a bottle of saline and told me to flush my eye out...."

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Post by Sworbeyegib » Mon Aug 04, 2014 9:29 pm

Another one... this one isn't very awkward or negative, just a little funny.

So among my close friends, I'm known as the EDC guy. If you need it, I usually have it either on me, or in my car.

One day I am walking at our local town center, and I see a close friend of mine standing in line at the theater. He calls me over and the first thing out of his mouth is.

"Let me borrow your knife or your tweezers or something real quick."

I happen to trust this guy completely with a knife, because not only is he a close friend, but he is a fellow knife geek and collector. Usually he his own knife on him. So him handling one of my knives wasn't a problem for me.

But I have a personal rule about pulling out a knife in public. I only do so if I really need it, and then I only use the smallest, most discreet one I have on me. I usually have two blades on me at any given time. A leatherman or SAK, and a large folder in my back pocket. So I ask him "what do you need, a knife or a tweezers? And what do you need it for?".

"Dude, I totally forgot my knife on my desk at work, and I've got this horrible hangnail on my thumb that is bugging the hell out of me. I just need to trim the edge or relieve a little of the pressure."

Without missing a beat, I pull out my keychain, where I keep a small nail clipper. And I say "so what you actually need is this".

He looks shocked for about half a second, then he says, in a very non-sarcastic voice... "Duh. Of course I should've just asked you for a pair of nail clippers. You're YOU. Of course you have nail clippers on you. I forgot who I was talking to for a second."
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Re: Awkard moments or negative responses while using your ED

Post by manowar1313 » Tue Aug 05, 2014 12:50 am

I know when I was a kid I owned a lawn mowing biz with my brother and we specialized in overgrowth removal. Places with 4ft or more. I always kept a machete duck-taped to the back of my zero turn and got shit from some of the kids who worked for us. Well one day one of these shitheads borrows my mower and snake falls onto the mower deck... Then we had to put machetes on all the mowers.

Another time I was talking to a little hottie and since it's dark I suggested I walk her home after class (Ya know... for protection :wink: ) and she suddenly pulls out a large spring loaded Chinese knife and tells me she'll be fine. As a challenge to my manhood I pulled out my Buck 110. We went on one date before I found out she was crazy, then we lived together for a year.
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