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Old 05-29-2008   #11
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A 2-foot teather on a knife would be bad. If I dropped the knife, it would be dangling around my nads. Bumping/climbing out onto a rock, or getting pressed against a branch in that position.... bad bad bad.

"So in two seconds, away we went, a sliding down the river, and it did seem so good to be free again and all by ourselves on the big river and nobody to bother us." -Mark Twain (The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn)
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Old 05-29-2008   #12
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I was talking to a Mainiac on the Gauley and he told me that they can't use the bear claw because they have to have a certain length knife by law. Does anyone know why Maine guides have to wield a machete to cut a strap?

I use the bear claw and it cuts a bagel like a mo fo!

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Old 05-29-2008   #13
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Shock cord, like a rubber band, but way more durable (about 15/ft). Get it at Rei, Neptune, or any reputable outdoor store.

Tie the shock cord into the lanyard hole at the bottom of the knifes handle. Tie a loop into the other end. Make the length of the cord just right so that the loop fits snugly over the top of the sheath after wrapping the cord around the knife 1/2 to 1 turn. Now your knife dosen't fall out of the sheath. Slipping the shock cord loop off the top of the knife is fast and easy.

I can post a picture of how this works if my description dosen't make sense. I am over 6000 miles, 2 life jackets, and 8 seasons using this setup and still on my first knife - it works.

I also use a thin piece of cord to tie the sheath to my PFD (backing up the attachment point, which has failed on my jacket). This has saved my knife many times.
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Old 05-29-2008   #14
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How many times have you used your knife?

Just wondering, how many times have people used their knives? Not to cut a bagel or for a knife hit, but a real honest to god emergency.
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Old 05-29-2008   #15
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Close call on Bailey Sunday

Link to the post about using the river knife on bailey. Eye opening account that sold me on the bear claw knife.

I have never had to use my knife in an emergency. I hope I never have to.
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Old 05-29-2008   #16
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Originally Posted by Claytonious View Post
Just wondering, how many times have people used their knives? Not to cut a bagel or for a knife hit, but a real honest to god emergency.
I do carry a knife but I concur with Claytonius. Who has actually had to use it in a critical situation?
....and I remember the Bailey story. I'll carry mine forever just for that reason.
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Old 05-29-2008   #17
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I had a small loop of 1/8 bungee cord on my last Gerber river knife. Easy to stick you hand through and the loop could be stretched over the tip of the sheath to keep it from falling out if the catch released. I still lost it in the willows scouting Castle Creek (not sure when I last saw it)

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