Every Boy Should Own a Knife
by Todd Sepulveda
Ed That Matters
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Every man should
own a knife. And every man should receive his first knife when he
is a young boy. At this moment, I can hear every man saying, darn
right! I can also hear every woman screaming?!? Women (not
every woman) tend to freak out over knives (story below). But knives
are simply tools. TOOLS! Let me say that again, a knife is a TOOL!
A few weeks back I pulled out my Boker to open up a box that
was taped up. The four women teachers around me freaked out and
all backed up like I was about to stab them in the neck or something.
After pressing them, 3 of the 4 admitted that their husbands carry
a knife too. Their response is just typical of how we have vilified
TOOLS. TOOLS PEOPLE! IMPORTANT TOOLS!
The thing to
remember is that with everything (and I mean everything), boys need
to be taught about knives and how to use them appropriately. But
handing a kid a knife also provides a parent with the opportunity
to teach responsibility, respect and sets them on the road for what
they are hardwired for, being a man!
Boys needs to learn responsibility. If not, they wont
know the value of things. Boys could choose to be irresponsible.
When they are irresponsible, it should be viewed as a teachable
moment. For instance, my son has a knife that he purchased at a
gun show. He really likes it. But one time he left it just laying
around he didnt value it enough to put it in its place,
he was irresponsible. I conveniently picked it up and put it in
my place. Later, when he realized he couldnt find
it, he came to me to let me know. I used that time to teach how
important it is to be responsible. If he didnt know where
his knife was, he wouldnt have it when he needed it. It is
up to the parents to show and express value in important items and
Who doesnt think that kids nowadays couldnt use
some lessons in respect? Could it be that kids arent respectful
because parents havent taught them to be respectful? But boys
dont need to learn only how to be respectful to others, they
need to learn how to respect stuff.
How does one
teach respect? Touching a hot grill will teach you a little respect
when dads bbqing. But that is learning the hard way.
Kids need to respect and trust their parents in order to respect
what their parents say, that is a whole different post. But hopefully
it suffices to say, respect rises with a good relationship. You
cant have one without the other.
Men are hardwired to kill their food and bring it home to
their families. In the past 30 plus years, there seems to have been
a huge effort to wussify boys (recall the story above when I pulled
out my Boker). Boys are going to gravitate to boy things, be rough,
play cops and robbers or cowboys and Indians and get muddy. Let
boys be boys!
that I can be there at school to run interferences with young elementary
boys when they draw a picture of a gun fight or make a paper gun.
Yes, there needs to be wisdom, but come on! That
young deaf boy, who recently was told that he couldnt sign
his name because he had to sign a letter that looked like a gun
was not wisdom! Those educators are idiots! It wouldnt
have happened if I was there!
Having a knife
wont make a boy a man, but it does signify what every man
was hardwired to do.
I carry Because I work in an elementary school, I carry
a Boker Plus Urban Survival Knife. This is not a bushcraft knife
or one that you would use to cut wood for whatever reason. This
is purely a self-defense weapon. It works for me in this setting
because the top looks like a pen cap. It also comes with another
cap that will break glass if you want that option. It has studs
to flip it open, but it does take practice; Ive become pretty
quick with it. The end also has sort of a hook that can be pressed
into someone when pressure is placed with the thumb.
You can purchase
Plus Urban Survival Knife on Amazon. Take the negative reviews
with a grain of salt. Again, this isnt a bushcraft knife.
I recently linked to an article by Sigma 3 Survival about
fighting practice on my other website Prepper
not at school/work, I carry a Kershaw
with permission from Ed
him mail] is the editor/owner of PrepperWebsite.com.
He is also an elementary assistant principal and a bio-vocational
© 2012 Ed