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Knives Save Lives: Knife at a Gunfight

It’s been a while since I’ve published an entry into my long-running series called Knives Save Lives. Basically, I find stories in which knives have been the catalyst in a life-saving situation.

Some of the top entries into the series include the time a man had to cut off his own hand that was trapped under a tractor and the time a knife was used to save a boy from a cougar.

This story from last week was brought to my attention and really underlines the sheer luck and insanity of the world.

A man in Indiana was stopping to get gas at a Love’s Travel Stop in the morning of December 19. When he went into the store, he noticed the lights on his car flashing, so he went out to see what was going on.

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Knives Save Lives: The Rabid Coyote

My thoughts on knives as poor defensive weapons is well documented. That being said I often carry a knife for self-defense.

I live in a neighborhood where packs of large dogs are often roaming around unleashed. On top of that, I frequently take my young kids out for walks. Carrying a large stick is impractical most of the time, so I carry a knife just in case.

Fortunately, I’ve never had to use the knife for such a purpose (though I came alarmingly close one time). A Georgian hiker named Nate Edmund wasn’t so lucky.

On the last Saturday of May, Edmund had gone to a demonstration forest in Jones County for a hike. However, he noticed a creature ahead of him.

“I saw something moving through the woods,” Edmund told Georgia Outdoor News. “I saw what looked like a dog, but by the time it finally got out into the trail, I could clearly see it was a coyote.”

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Knives Save Lives: Agitated Boa Constrictor vs. Pocket Knife

“I have a boa constrictor stuck to my face.”

That was what one Ohio woman shouted frantically to a 911 operator last week after a massive 5 1/2 foot boa constrictor she had rescued managed to wrap itself around her neck and bite her nose.

You can hear the panic and fear in her voice as she called emergency services to get help. Listen to the full audio right here:

The 45-year-old woman from Sheffield Lake apparently rescues snakes and had rescued this boa constrictor along with another one the day before. She has 11 snakes total, according to the 911 recording.

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Knives Save Lives: Benchmade Rift vs. Overturned Car Edition

Insurance agents probably aren’t best known for their physical strength or life-saving capabilities. But, with the help of a pocket knife, almost anyone can be a hero in a split second.

Insurance agents Cheyene Robertson and Nick Greb were driving across Iowa in June to sell insurance to seniors when they noticed an overturned car in a cornfield.

“We just happened to come across an overturned car and we both thought to ourselves, that wasn`t there previously,” said Robertson to Channel 13 WHO TV.

“I ran out there, shouting is anyone in the vehicle? Are you okay? I heard a woman inside faintly scream,” said Greb.

Chyanne Porter was stuck upside down in the vehicle. Robertson called emergency services for help while Greb surveyed the scene and looked for someone to get her out.

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Knives Save Lives: Bird Edition

It’s been a while since my last installment of Knives Save Lives, a series exploring the many ways knives have been used to save people’s lives over the years.

While nearly all of those stories involved human lives, sometimes knives can be used to save animal lives (such as the Spyderco Whale Knife).

In a recent video posted on Facebook, a man shows how a Kershaw Blur can be used to rescue a hawk. Take a look:

This hawk was noticed being covered in chollas and was not flying very well. Thanks to a kind man, it was saved and freed… ? Credit: ViralHog

Posted by NTD Life on jueves, 22 de junio de 2017

The raptor apparently flew a little too close to a cholla, one of those fierce cactus plants found in places like Joshua Tree (if you’ve never been to the Cholla Tree Garden at the park, I highly recommend it). Not only is the cactus extremely painful but it can be difficult to get out. They have barbed spines that will attach themselves to almost anything that even lightly touches them.

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Knives Save Lives: Rescue from an Overturned Car in a Creek


Sometimes the only thing standing between life and death is luck.

Back on July 29, 2014, Charles Devowe drove from Michigan into Canada en route to a fishing trip in Ontario. He noticed debris on the road, including some strewn at a 45-degree angle.

He traveled for about two miles up the road until he decided to turn around. After parking near the debris, he saw a Pontiac Vibe flipped upside down in a creek at the bottom of a hill. Since Devowe has bad knees, he didn’t want to immediately go down because no one would know they were there.

So he flagged down some passersby and then headed down the hill with no regard for his bad knees.

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Knives Save Lives: Spyderco on a Capsized Boat


Nature is a beast.

From the highest mountains to the lowest canyons, nature is constantly trying to kill you. But, if there’s one thing that strikes the most fear in me, it’s the ocean.

The ocean is a vast wasteland of the unknown. The sea is mercurial. One moment, the surface is still as glass and the next, a 50-foot rogue wave appears out of nowhere, hellbent on destroying you. That doesn’t even mention the creatures, landscape, and mystery that stretch 30,000 feet beneath you.

The high seas should never be underestimated, but one of the nightmare scenarios of any ocean navigator is the incident of a boat capsizing. That’s the situation Rob Sanford found himself in one fateful day.

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Knives Save Lives: Emergency Roadside Birth


Sure, people have been giving birth since the dawn of man, but bringing a tiny person into this world without a gaggle of doctors and nurses nearby has to be terrifying.

At a remote highway rest stop in northeastern British Columbia, that’s the situation Caitlin Vince found herself in last month. En route to the hospital with her partner Tyler Olsen, the woman knew they weren’t going to make it to the hospital in time to give birth.

As you can imagine, British Columbia is desolate in spots with hospitals more than 55 miles away (or 90 kilometers for those Canadians). In places like this, it’s probably not that unusual to give birth on a gravel roadside.

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Knives Save Lives: The Unrelenting Escalator


There’s a danger lurking behind one of the most mundane things known to man. It’s in malls and airports around the country. Yes, it’s the escalator.

You might not think twice about stepping onto those convenient steel steps as they guide you from one floor to the next, but the escalator has been in the news quite a bit lately.

In July, a mother was killed after falling inside an escalator when the panel at the top gave way. A few days later, a stroller was  trapped between a step and the platform. Fortunately, no one was injured. But that’s not the only danger escalators pose.

On Monday, Sept. 7, a woman took an escalator in the Forest Hills Station of the MBTA. She seemed a little drunk, a little tired, and was carrying too much. Unexpectedly her skirt became caught by the escalator.

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Knives Save Lives: "Do you have your knife?"


The car is normally our companion, transporting us from point A to point B without asking much in return. The car and its driver work together to navigate the road and react to unexpected situations.

But when things go wrong, the car can quickly become our enemy, a two-ton hunk of metal that aims to crush us and snare us as flammable liquid surrounds us.

That frightening and life-threatening situation was what a woman found herself in after her car overturned on a winding road in New Jersey.

We’ve brought you tons of examples of how knives save lives on this blog, but this is the first time you get to see some footage of the dire situation.

Take a look at the news report.

In this situation, the woman inevitably failed the car because she was driving while intoxicated. She crashed her car and fell unconscious inside the smoldering vehicle.

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Knives Save Lives: Man with Fixed Blade vs. 525-pound Bear


Brandon Johnson with the bear he killed.

In a split second, the hunter can quickly become the hunted.

That’s what happened a few weeks ago when a Minnesotan hunter named Brandon Johnson was out tracking a black bear that one of his friends had shot earlier.

Johnson was out around midnight on a warm fall day near Sand Stone, Minn. The moonlight was low and there was a dense fog in the forest. Suddenly, the very bear Johnson was tracking charged at him and knocked him down, snapping his left arm in half and causing him to go unconscious for a moment.

When he came to, the 525-pound bear was biting at his hand and he was unable to get away. That’s where our life-saving tool enters the story.

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Knives Save Lives: Trapped Baby in a Sunken Car


A picture of the crash provided by Maine State Police.

“They come in handy, I guess. Monday night really proved it,” Moody said.

That’s a quote from a 44-year-old logger from Maine named Leo Moody describing pocket knives.

Not long ago, Moody was driving home from work when he saw an SUV flipped upside down in the water. He called 911 and rushed to the vehicle where one of the passengers said there was a baby trapped in the back seat.

As only a special type of person would do, Moody immediately swam through the cold water to the vehicle where he saw the 3-month-old stuck in the child seat.

At this point, the average person would be helpless and incapable of ripping a jammed seat belt with bare hands. Fortunately, Moody is not your average person. He pulled out a pocket knife and began cutting away.

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Knives Save Lives: Bulletproof Freedom Fighter

Bob Dozier KM-17 Freedom Fighter, a similar version to the one used to stop the bullet.

Bob Dozier KM-17 Freedom Fighter, a similar version to the one used to stop the bullet.

When U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Ned Clysdale handed down a knife to his son, he never imagined that it would be the only thing stopping a bullet from potentially killing his son.

This story, which first appeared in the December 2013 issue of Blade Magazine, is an amazing example of how knives save lives in many different ways. Ned Clysdale is a big fan of Bob Dozier knives and had four, including a Bob Dozier Freedom Fighter.

Knife Stops Bullet from Striking Police Officer

We’ve seen some pretty amazing ways knives have been used to save lives, including everything from cutting kids out of burning vehicles to sawing off limbs to escape certain doom. Still, some of the most impressive ways knives save lives are unintentional.

When Deputy John Capriola and his partner responded to a call in Fresno about shots being fired on the evening of Dec. 23, he never expected his knife would save him the way it did.

As they were searching for people who were recklessly shooting in the area, the sounds of gunfire became louder and more intense. Here’s what he told ABC news:

“I could hear it coming right towards me,” said Capriola. “It sounded like a laser and it hit me in the right leg and knocked me off my feet.”

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Knives Save Lives: An Unconventional Use

There’s blood pouring out of your leg, which is trapped under a several ton tractor. Nobody will notice you’re missing for the rest of the day and the only thing in arm’s reach is a knife your father gave you long ago. What do you do?

Barry Lynch, a 54-year-old Australian farmer, was faced with this life-or-death situation earlier this month when the drawbar on his crop sprayer collapsed onto his leg, leaving a gaping wound.

We’ve seen situations like this before. Early on in the series of Knives Save Lives, a logger had his tractor trailer collapse on his leg, leaving him trapped. Another incident involved a farmer whose arm was trapped under a piece of heavy machinery. In both these instances, the men had to use pocket knives to painfully cut off their limbs—a truly harrowing experience.

But instead of using the knife as it was intended for—to cut—Lynch used it to start digging. For six longs hours, as the pressure in his leg was building to a painful crescendo, he continued digging at the hard earth with his knife.

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Man With Machete Fends Off Armed Robber

Although a knife isn’t useful in every single situation you’ll ever encounter, I can think of hundreds of situations where you would want a knife over any other tool, including a gun.

The situation you’re about to read is one of those.

Late last month, a store clerk at a deli in Long Island was running the store when a masked man who wielded a gun came in and demanded money from the register.

Since the dramatic footage doesn’t have any sound, it’s difficult to really get the full story, but it appears the clerk was taking too long to hand over the money or said no and the robber shot at him. The bullet fortunately missed the clerk and that’s when he reached down below the counter and grabbed a sheathed machete. With machete in hand, the fearless clerk charged at the fleeing robber.

Some outlets are reporting that the gun jammed, which is why the robber didn’t just shoot the clerk. While this story would have turned out completely different had the gun not jammed and the robber shot the guy, this demonstrates that many blades, especially fixed blades, will not fail you when you need them most.

The footage is pretty tense, so check it out below.


Doctor Saves Choking Woman with Pocket Knife

The knife used to save Pauline Larwood. (Rachel Cook/ The Californian)

The knife used to save Pauline Larwood. (Rachel Cook/ The Californian)

When you read about people in life or death situations, they’re usually hiking along trails where grizzly bears frequent or base jumping off rocky cliffs. But you can also find yourself in life or death situations doing something as innocuous as eating dinner.

One woman found that out the hard way.

According to the Bakersfield Californian, Pauline Larwood was eating at a restaurant with other politicians, doctors and experts who were in town for a symposium when she began choking on her food.

Local assemblywoman Shannon Grove, who was sitting at the same table as Larwood, said her husband jumped into action and immediately gave her the Heimlich maneuver. When that failed, he called for a doctor who also tried and failed to clear her airways with the Heimlich maneuver.

At this point, things were starting to seem grim.

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Knives Save Lives: Knives vs. Seat Belts

A photo from the scene of the accident.

A photo from the scene of the accident.

For many people who don’t use knives on a daily basis, it can be pretty easy to dismiss them as unnecessary items to carry. Unlike a wallet or keys, a knife might not have to leave your pocket unless you need to slice open packaging or cut twine.

But there’s one other reason why everyone should carry a knife: knives save lives. Sure, this may only come about once in a lifetime, but in that single moment, you control the fate of someone else’s (or your own) life.

Over the past few years, we’ve written a series of blog posts called “Knives Save Lives” documenting the real stories of how knives have been used to save someone from certain death. One thing these stories had in common was that they were unexpected.

For example, early last year, a driver lost control of a car while going over a slippery bridge in Utah. The car crashed into an icy river, trapping three small children inside a car filling with water. The driver, Roger Andersen, tried desperately to save the kids from the vehicle, but the doors were jammed shut.

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Knives Save Lives: Burning Vehicle No Match For 73-Year-Old with Knife

What’s in your pocket right now? Probably a wallet, keys and a phone, but there should be one other item in there: a knife.

And not just any knife. Everybody should carry a Swiss Army knife and here’s all the evidence you need.

On November 10, a 38-year-old man was driving along in Germany when he suddenly lost control of his vehicle, according to a press release from Victorinox. If you’ve ever lost control of a car, you know how unpredictable it could be. This man’s car skidded across the lane of oncoming traffic, smashed a roadside marker, hit a tree and rolled over into a ditch on the side of the road. After all was done, the car was upside down on its hood and on fire.

Needless to say, the man was in serious trouble. Enter septuagenarian Rüdiger Leonardy.

Like any good Samaritan, Rüdiger pulled over with a group of other people to see if they could rescue the trapped man from being burned alive. Here’s a better description of what the scene looked like:

The mangled car was burning around the front axle. The driver was seriously injured and had been left hanging upside down in his seatbelt. There was no time to lose, but the helpers at the scene were unable to release the man’s seatbelt.

With no one able to unlock the seatbelt, 73-year-old Rüdiger pulled out his knife: a 40-year-old Swiss Army knife he picked up while on vacation in Switzerland.

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Knives Save Lives: Knife scares away shark (video)

Diving, despite all the beautiful scenery and whimsical sensations of freedom, is not without danger. Divers can get decompression sickness, become lost, run out of air or get attacked by a great white shark.

That’s the predicament two divers were facing in Australia after a 12-foot shark greeted them after jumping off a boat. The divers were more than a hundred feet away from the boat, and the shark was intently circling them. This is where any sane person would freak out and give the shark a taste of fear.

Here’s a quote from one of the divers, which appear in Updated News:

“I’d just got into the water and I hadn’t shot a fish or anything and there she was,” Podmore told the newspaper. “She was probably there 25 seconds before we even knew she was there — the video shows it.”

Fortunately, there was no need for the two divers to be afraid because they had knives and harpoons in hand. Instead of being stuck in the middle of the ocean with no recourse, the divers were prepared with the appropriate tools to help them get out of the jam.

Since harpoons are generally difficult to use and would probably attract other sharks with the blood, they opted instead to jab the shark with the knives to discourage it.

After a few jabs from the sharp objects, the huge shark swam away without incident.

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