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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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