One weapon/tool

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tool/weapon

crowbar
65
28%
hatchet
69
30%
axe
57
25%
katana/long sword
17
7%
short sword
16
7%
sledgehammer
1
0%
spear
6
3%
 
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One weapon/tool

Post by canuck » Sun Jun 17, 2007 8:45 pm

If you had to choose a single weapon or tool to walk out the door with, what would it be? I don't need to fill in the blanks for options. For the sake of the argument let's say you do not have a firearm.

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Post by mr. right-wing » Sun Jun 17, 2007 8:59 pm

Short sword count as Kukri?
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Post by canuck » Sun Jun 17, 2007 9:07 pm

gladius, kukri, ninjite

whatever floats the boat.

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Post by JollyRoger762 » Sun Jun 17, 2007 9:12 pm

I said hatchet, although it really straddles the hatchet/axe category.

It's a Penobscot Bay kindling axe. It has a Hudson's Bay style head, full 1.5 lbs, but it on a shorter 19" haft. Probably my most versatile tool.
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Post by Ricky Romero » Sun Jun 17, 2007 9:44 pm

Does katana/long sword really have to make an appearance here?
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Post by unslung » Sun Jun 17, 2007 9:57 pm

bust open locked doors in front of you, wedge closed open doors behind you, perfectly adequate bludgeon, crow bar what's not to like
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Post by The Doctor » Mon Jun 18, 2007 12:13 am

Machette,...

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Post by DryGrain » Mon Jun 18, 2007 8:49 am

Kukri. I can chop wood, split a skull, or slice vegetables for soup.
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Post by gothamalleyviper » Mon Jun 18, 2007 9:46 am

Halbred: Six foot pole, ax head, plus back hook, and spear head.

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Post by ninja-elbow » Mon Jun 18, 2007 10:03 am

What kinds of things can you do with a halberd if your town is flooded/tornadoed/earthquaked/et al? Just wondering.

Crowbar for me. Machete/kukri is number 2. Axe/hatchet would be number 3. Not on your list... a little shovel. I love shovels, so that's just me.
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Post by thorian » Mon Jun 18, 2007 10:39 am

gimme a halagan tool
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Post by DryGrain » Mon Jun 18, 2007 11:20 am

thorian wrote:gimme a halagan tool

pix? definition?
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Post by CLEAR CUT » Mon Jun 18, 2007 11:56 am

DryGrain wrote:
thorian wrote:gimme a halagan tool

pix? definition?
I've heard it called many things but the most used term was,"Hooligan Tool".

As far as what it is, Fire Fighters use it for variety of uses such as; extrication, opening doors, closing valves, venting, etc.
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Post by ninja-elbow » Mon Jun 18, 2007 12:06 pm

We trained with hooligan tools while I was doing SAT/BAF training in the Navy. Those things are nice. I'm gonna' see how much they cost.

edit: oh snaps! The one I want is about $190!!

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Post by CLEAR CUT » Mon Jun 18, 2007 1:08 pm

That's a hearty chunk of coin to be sure.

I don't know how I could justify the expense unless I was going to be doing some intense demo work. And even then, for that money, I could buy a bunch of tools for less.
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Post by ninja-elbow » Mon Jun 18, 2007 1:30 pm

Yeah, I'm not doing any dynamic entries or saving any kids form burning houses any time soon.
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Post by Gauge » Mon Jun 18, 2007 1:45 pm

While I would love to have a crowbar with me I'd rather have a hatchet. I'm more likely to be in the woods trying to survive than in the city.

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Post by Ahkaine » Mon Jun 18, 2007 1:59 pm

If a machete counts as a short sword, then I'm in.

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Post by thorian » Mon Jun 18, 2007 2:10 pm

what about a TNT or "Denver Tool"

FIVE tools in one: an axe, sledge hammer, pry tool, ram, and D-Handle pull tool. No other large hand tool gives you the versatility as the TNT Tool to chop, pry, pull, strike, beat, and reach. The TNT Tool will open 95% of doors. The TNT Tool is completely made in the U.S.A. Cast with high carbon head treated steel and finished with a baked on powder paint coat and a solid fiberglass handle.

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Post by Raven927 » Mon Jun 18, 2007 2:15 pm

I want one of those.
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Post by DrGonzo » Mon Jun 18, 2007 2:27 pm

I shall not participate in this poll due to the double inclusion of swords, and the glaring absense of the machete. At least you didn't call them "melee weapons." <shudder>
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Post by Rick Windau » Mon Jun 18, 2007 2:31 pm

Hey Thorian

What do those respective tools weigh? Out of the list I choose hatchet. I have used a machete a little. It seems to blister my hand pretty quickly and only does well on trimming brush. It can chop but it isn't as efficient as a hatchet.

I understand the Spetsnatz (sp?) tool was a good all around digging chopping and sawing tool.

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Post by ninja-elbow » Mon Jun 18, 2007 2:45 pm

thorian wrote:what about a TNT or "Denver Tool"

FIVE tools in one: an axe, sledge hammer, pry tool, ram, and D-Handle pull tool. No other large hand tool gives you the versatility as the TNT Tool to chop, pry, pull, strike, beat, and reach. The TNT Tool will open 95% of doors. The TNT Tool is completely made in the U.S.A. Cast with high carbon head treated steel and finished with a baked on powder paint coat and a solid fiberglass handle.

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I saw those when I was searching for hooligan/Haligan tools. I've never seen/used them before so I don't know what they are good at. I'd like to mess around with one though.

On the subject of "niche" axe-tools, I used a Polanski(?) axe on trails day to work on some trails and those things rock.
I understand the Spetsnatz (sp?) tool was a good all around digging chopping and sawing tool.
I picked one up last Xmas (Cold Steel) and it is useful. It is a jack of all trades and master of none. Not the best shovel, axe, knife, hammer, paddle, et al. ... but it will do all those and more in a pinch. I'm wondering how I haven't broke the handle yet. PitA to carry around all the time though.
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Post by DrGonzo » Mon Jun 18, 2007 2:53 pm

Ever used a Bush Hook? Great for trail clearing. Looks like it was designed for zombie hacking as well!
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