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Old 18 January 2007, 16:12   #31
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Gerber is possibly the best make and make sure its Titanium.
thats the real stainless steel and strong blade too. Also get serrated blade.
Keep the blade small for usefulness.

"The Arm Chair Chemist"

Good god Praire, thats some knife,,, Jack the ripper.
I hate knives...

By the way, do you know that Titanium will not set of Airport Securtiy. My watch is Titanium and Ceramic. I tried it with the consent of Airport security goingto Boston Last week...
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Old 18 January 2007, 16:16   #32
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Actually on reflection, you are all a bunch of Limerick men. I never thought that buyinga Rib was worse than buying a HArley Daividson and joining hells angels... I have never seen such a bunch of Knives.
We should call this forum
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Old 18 January 2007, 17:00   #33
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Is this the same as yours?

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/BEAR-CLAW-FULL...QQcmdZViewItem

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Jono,

There are 3 versions of the bear claw. The version I have is the '2510' which has the rounded, blunt nose as shown in my pictures and is meant specifically for inflatable river rafting emergency rescue.

The other 2 versions, the '2500' & the '2515' have very sharp noses for penetration and are designed for personal protection (particularly for women). The 2500 has a non-serrated edge, while the 2515 has a serrated edge. I think these latter 2 versions are the ones that, as Aiden noted, would make jack the ripper proud.

From what I can see, the version in the ebay listing you linked appears to be the 2515.

http://www.crkt.com/bearclaw.html

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Old 18 January 2007, 17:23   #34
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Jono,

After looking some more at the knife in the ebay listing, I'm pretty sure that it is a generic knock off of the 2515, and not a genuine CRKT made knife.
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Old 18 January 2007, 18:30   #35
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Jono,

After looking some more at the knife in the ebay listing, I'm pretty sure that it is a generic knock off of the 2515, and not a genuine CRKT made knife.
It looks familiar. I think it's made by the same people that make this:-
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/GUTHOOK-BLADE-...QQcmdZViewItem

They were available last year in bulk for 1 a time. I bought one. It's crap. The 'line cutter' doesn't even have an attempt at a blade in it.
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Old 18 January 2007, 19:20   #36
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A knife attached to a lifejacket or PFD is there for one purpose, and one purpose only. To save a life.

Technical Rescue Magazine - http://www.t-rescue.com/ - ran a group test on Rescue knives in either issue 47 or 46. Unfortunately, it's not available online.

The last time I was doing a Swiftwater & Flood Rescue Technician refresher at Holme Pierrepont we did an interesting little exercise that highlighted some of the more popular brands design flaws.

We were simulating a foot entrapment, but rather than the classic "under a rock" scenario, we were using a rope that we tied round one leg to simulate it getting tangled in something under the water. The Tech then had to stabilise their position, locate their knife or shears, locate the rope under the water and release themselves.

Problems with folding blades not opening very easily when you are wearing thick WET gloves, problems with the catches on the sheaths not being easy to operate with thick WET gloves on. The handy clips and loops, clipping and looping themselves onto places that we didn't want them to clip/loop. Some people learnt some very valuable lessons about places to mount the knife on their PFD.... not in a pocket, not in a place where you might stab/slash your face/neck when you take the knife out, in a place that you can easily reach with both hands.

One handed operation is vitally important, and on that basis alone, I will never use a folding blade as my rescue knife. Blunt tips are a good idea around inflatables.

Remember though, the more expensive the knife.. the more likely you are to loose it to the river/sea bottom. On that basis, certain rescue experts recommend the TuffCut style of scissors that paramedics use.... they only cost a couple of quid, you can use them with one hand, and they'll cut through pretty much everything, and if you loose them it doesn't matter.

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One handed operation is vitally important, and on that basis alone, I will never use a folding blade as my rescue knife. Blunt tips are a good idea around inflatables.

Remember though, the more expensive the knife.. the more likely you are to loose it to the river/sea bottom. On that basis, certain rescue experts recommend the TuffCut style of scissors that paramedics use.... they only cost a couple of quid, you can use them with one hand, and they'll cut through pretty much everything, and if you loose them it doesn't matter.

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Good point.

I think I might grab one of those cheapo bear claw copies and rework the tip on the bench grinder.
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Old 18 January 2007, 19:59   #38
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What is the law on carrying knives.
Anyone know. What ever reason you can carry them, regardless of intended purpose.
I ask this because (on a similar vein) in Ireland many people drive around on provisional license.
It is illegal and the police turn a blind eye to it, until it suits them not to.
It is in fact illegal here to drive on Provisional license. One must have a fully licensed adult in the car (fat lot of good it would do).

I seem to think that recently a provisional licensed driver uner 21 years old had permission to drive their parents car and knocked down someone.
I believe the person lived but regardless of how bad it was, the driver was done for driving without license (illegal) and the parent was done for allowing consent. You may all agree with this but not if teh Police seem to think its ok until its not.
So too with carrying knives. I do not agree withcarrying knives unless boating or climbing etc. What about between Car and Boat as in carrying the knife on your person whilst leaving your car to go to your boat???????

We have a few Gobeens over here making so many laws that I shudder every time I see a Cop car. Sort of Law enforcement phobia. They are gonna get me, for what I dont know but they will, gotta hide....
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From - http://www.bkcg.co.uk/guide/law.html

What You Can't Have ...
The following items are banned from sale within the UK (although if you already own one you may keep it, but not use it outside of your own property) ... Switchblades, automatics or 'flick-knives', gravity knives, balisongs or 'butterfly knives', push daggers, belt buckle knives, sword canes, or knuckle-duster knives.

Late on in 2004, an amendment to the law was introduced which restricts the sale of any knife which is not readily detectable by the normal methods of detection, ie: either x-ray or metal detection, unless it can be proven that the knife's sole purpose is for the preparation of food. So for instance, the Cold Steel CAT Tanto or Lansky Knife are now prohibited within the UK.

You may not buy any knife designed to look like something else, for instance a knife which appears to be a pen, (and it doesn't matter whether the pen works or not, it's still a concealed weapon).

What You Can Carry ...
The Criminal Justice Act (1988) says that you may carry a knife with a blade length of 3.0" or less so long as it is capable of folding. That means no fixed blade knives. But use your loaf - a knife has no place at a football match, in a pub, nightclub or school and becomes an offensive weapon in these circumstances in just the same way as a screwdriver, or any other innanimate tool.

But I NEED a Bigger Knife ...
If you wish to carry a larger knife then you must have 'reasonable cause'. That means that you must be able to prove that you had a genuine reason for carrying the knife.

You may carry a larger cutting tool if it is associated with your work (for instance a chef may carry a 9.0" butchers knife roll to and from work), or if it is associated with your sport, (for instance a fisherman may carry a 6.0" fillet knife, or a hunter may carry a 4.0" fixed blade hunting knife).

Don't forget it's there though. If you stop off in Tesco's for a can of beans on your way home take the knife off of your belt and secure it in your glove box, or your local Bobby will be unimpressed at your excuses.

See also - http://www.police-information.co.uk/...ndexeng.html#K

Hope this helps,
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Good gosh. And I thought Canada's gun control laws were insane. Fortunately Canada's gun registry program is about to be dismantled - what a huge waste of money that was!
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