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Whistles On Keychains, why?

Discussion in 'Keychain Tools' started by Sarky, Sep 14, 2012.

  1. Sarky

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    First of all, sorry if this is the wrong forum, it was the nearest I could see for this question. Some of you carry whistles on your keychains. I have one in my Snugpack bag but have never considered it important enough to put on my keychain.

    So, I was wondering in what circumstances you whistle-carrying guys feel you're likely to require one in your daily life? It's probably a naive question, but I've really never thought about it before.
     
  2. MatBlack

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    I've always wondered about this too. Personally, I cant think of a more useless fob to put on my keys.
     
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    Whistles are an old and long-standing means of communication because they just work so well. They can be a great way to get attention without using a lot of breath - either because you're in trouble or you just need someone to see where you are.

    Personally, I don't carry one on my keyring, but I could see why someone would choose to do so.
     
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    I can whistle extremely loudly with just my mouth; I don't use my fingers. It's something I taught myself years and years ago. It is a very handy skill. Perhaps that's why I have such disdain for extraneous whistles.
     
  5. jlagman

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    It beats screaming yourself hoarse. I've got a Fox 40 Micro, which is a slim, lightweight, pealess whistle on my keychain. It doesn't encumbrance me, why not?
     
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  6. Sarky

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    I was just thinking it'd be nice to be able to control my kids with them, like the captain in Sound Of Music. Then, I'd definitely EDC one. :D

    Actually I did think of using one to get attention when in trouble, which is why I take one on camping/climbing trips, but I wondered if there were other reasons I'd never thought of.
     
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    jlagman, I'm certainly not knocking it. I'm just curious as to what some people's reasons might be.
     
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    Sumoning first aid on a construction site.
     
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    I have one on my boat keychain as a backup to the airhorn. Now that I think of it, it's pretty useless with the keys in the ignition. I need to put it on a quick release clip.
     
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    whistles make great signalling device in duress.. at times when I may be dehydrated and lips dry, or stranded at sea with waves splashing at my face, I know for sure a whistle is easier to blow than using my lips alone to generate noise..
     
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    I live in Manhattan and have often speculated on how many people would have made out of the WTC 11 years ago if they had had some of the basic gear we talk about on this forum. A flashlight to see when the electriicity went out; a bandana and some water to filter out enough dust to make it to a stairway and yes, a whistle to let first responders know they were still there could - I sincerely belive - have saved hundreds of lives. I carry these items every day with the hope that they will never be needed for these purposes, but with the practical consideration that stuff happens, and can indeed happen again.
     
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    I'm retired and go hiking almost daily. If I needed to summon help, I could use the whistle to attract the attention of other bikers and hikers in the area. I have a phone but it doesn't always get a strong signal.

    PS I can't whistle without "extraneous" aids.
     
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    I don't have one on my keychain, but do have one in my wee backup kit in my bag I can easily access if needed. Depending on the activity I am doing I will also move it to a lanyard around my neck for easier access when appropriate.

    My reasoning is pretty much as above - it is a simple and reliable method of getting attention - a piercing 100+db blast on a whistle will be far louder, more noticeable and carry better than my voice will and can be kept up for far longer compared to a voice that will quickly tire. If you imagine getting attention on a work site for example, a shout will get lost in the general noise of people, while a whistle will be instantly noticeable. Up in the mountains a whistle will carry for a far greater distance than my voice could and increase the chance of someone hearing. For a modern 'preparedness' option consider being trapped in the aftermath of a disaster - a whistle will be the most efficient and reliable way of alerting the emergency services to your location and situation.

    One of those items I hope I never need to use in an emergency, but given the tiny size and negligible weight it seems silly not to carry one in my kit somewhere, if perhaps not on my keychain (which is already big enough as it is).
     
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    I used to use mine everyday. Maybe not blow it but have it at the ready. During my range inst. days it was a must. Especially in high noise areas. So.. as I have noted in other threads my whistle as an edc item is a product of my past experiences. I guess I am just used to having it. Fox-40s are what I go through. I edc a micro but they eventually need replacing.
     
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    The "whistle" can be heard much further than any man's scream. Also like someone else says, takes lil to no breath.
     
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    One on my boat keychain because it is the law. One on my person when riding bike. If I lived in an earthquake zone, I'd carry one on my main keychain. Like the rest have said, requires less effort to call attention.
     
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    I have been on a picket line enough to carry a noisemaker.
     
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    Earthquakes are another good reason to carry a whistle.
     
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    I carry one on my safety vest (Orion safety whistle). A low volume option for my air horn (105db vs 115db) used for safety reasons. If I were hiking I would have one ALWAYS on my person, much easier to use that a natural whistle. Normally, walking/driving, I don't carry it.

    I have a Fox40, but haven't used it yet.
     
  20. rickboone

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    Carry on keychain...easy access. Most likely on person/ in pocket.
     
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