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yes, a diving knife. More as a tool than anything else.
 

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swiss army one hand trekker for me. I normally carry a W. R. Case and Sons copperlock or trapperlock but the swiss army is light and has more than one use.
 

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roc865 said:
I'm looking into the buck knives. Do you carry one and what do you carry?
I carry a multi-tool that has a small knife. I also often carry a folding saw for impromptu trail maintenance. I've never thought of mtbing as an opportunity to procure game, thus I've never carried a buck knife. I suppose if I were going on a long primitive bikepacking journey I'd consider going all Alexander Supertramp, but rarely am I more than one days journey from civilization; for that distance Bear Grylls wouldn't need a buck knife.
 

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wbmason55 said:
I carry a multi-tool that has a small knife. I also often carry a folding saw for impromptu trail maintenance. I've never thought of mtbing as an opportunity to procure game, thus I've never carried a buck knife. I suppose if I were going on a long primitive bikepacking journey I'd consider going all Alexander Supertramp, but rarely am I more than one days journey from civilization; for that distance Bear Grylls wouldn't need a buck knife.
those buck knives seem solid and i would want something a little bigger than a swiss army because you never know what you're going to encounter on the trail.
 

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I always carry a Gerber Evo Jr. serrated knife with me - its my cut-my-own-arm/leg-off-to-get-out-from-under-a-boulder knife.
 

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bwheelin said:
... you never know what you're going to encounter on the trail.
I guess, but by that logic, you should also carry a portable defibrillator, a Glock, an EpiPen, fuel, rope, carabiners, snake bike kit, maybe even a chemical warefare gas-mask, multitool, tubes, quick-link, derailleur hanger, rear derailleur, water purifier, one months worth of food, -30 degree sleeping bag, duct tape, extra beer, whistle, compass, bungy cording a spare bike to your back is a must(to cover all possible mechanical woes),this is a small fraction of what you would need. After all, you never know what you're going to encounter on the trail.
 
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I guess, but by that logic, you should also carry a portable defibrillator, a Glock, an EpiPen, fuel, rope, carabiners, snake bike kit, maybe even a chemical warefare gas-mask, multitool, tubes, quick-link, derailleur hanger, rear derailleur, water purifier, one months worth of food, -30 degree sleeping bag, duct tape, extra beer, whistle, compass, bungy cording a spare bike to your back is a must(to cover all possible mechanical woes),this is a small fraction of what you would need. After all, you never know what you're going to encounter on the trail.
Actually, most people don't need any of that stuff; a holder for their Starbucks coffee and a pocket for their 4G smart phone should do it. Just start riding at one parking lot, follow the herd to the next parking lot and you'll be fine.
If you should head into unknown territory, on a bike or otherwise, you should be prepared. On longer trips into the backcountry, I always carry a first aid kit, windproof lighter and my trusty Buck Mayo Hilo. GPS, spare batteries and map. We take water purifiers in the summer if we are going to be out more than eight hours or so.
Or, just stay on the well marked trails.
 

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bwheelin said:
is there an advantage to carrying a diving knife over some of the others?
i was thinking about a tactical knife.
Its all one piece, fairly durable and stainless steel. Also, due to its intended use, it actually locks into the sheath which is plastic, and does not come unsecured unless you push a button near the handle. That said, you can still pull it out without issue if need be.
 

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wbmason55 said:
I guess, but by that logic, you should also carry a portable defibrillator, a Glock, an EpiPen, fuel, rope, carabiners, snake bike kit, maybe even a chemical warefare gas-mask, multitool, tubes, quick-link, derailleur hanger, rear derailleur, water purifier, one months worth of food, -30 degree sleeping bag, duct tape, extra beer, whistle, compass, bungy cording a spare bike to your back is a must(to cover all possible mechanical woes),this is a small fraction of what you would need. After all, you never know what you're going to encounter on the trail.
Hold on there. Let's not be too sarcastic. I do and have carried many of the things you deride. In fact, I was psychologically saved on one epic ride: I was nearly out of hot water when another rider pulled out a water purifier . . . . Saved - - fresh, cool H2O.

You better knock on wood.

Edit: To the OP: I carry a knife.
 

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I carry as much safety equipment as my pack will comfortably allow, it may be the difference between a lonely death in the woods and telling you grand-kids how you almost died in the woods. I would carry a larger fixed blade knife if there was more dangerous wildlife where I ride, but I'm not that lucky.
 

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Im almost always carrying a leatheman skeletool cx multitool. Saved me from various situations. Fixed an outboard engine in the middle of a lake, a collapsed bike carrier on the freeway amongst others. Knives are very handy.
 

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i carry a knife 24/7 just because...if i think theres danger i carry my 9mm(concealed carry). The knife i normally carry is a piranha bodygaurd.
 
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