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Why everyone should have a 50 cent P-38

Discussion in 'Keychain Tools' started by dd61999, Sep 11, 2007.

  1. dd61999

    dd61999 Empty Pockets

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    Can Opener
    Seam Ripper
    Screwdriver
    Clean Fingernails
    Cut Fishing Line
    Open Paint Cans
    Window Scraper
    Scrape Around Floor Corners
    Digging
    Clean Out Groove on Tupperware lids

    Reach in and Clean Out Small Cracks
    Scrape Around Edge of Boots
    Bottle Opener
    Gut Fish (in the field)
    Scale Fish (in the field)
    Test for 'Doneness' When Baking on a Camp Fire
    Prying Items
    Strip Wire
    Scrape Pans in the Field
    Lift Key on Flip Top Cans
    Chisel
    Barter
    Marking Tool
    Deflating Tires
    Clean Sole of Boot/Shoe
    Pick Teeth
    Measurement
    Striking Flint
    Stirring Coffee
    Puncturing Plastic Coating
    Knocking on Doors
    Morse Code
    Box Cutter
    Opening Letters
    Write Emergency Messages
    Scratch an Itch
    Save as a Souvenir
    Rip Off Rank for On-the-Spot Promotions
    Bee sting removal tool (scrape off w/ blade)
    Knife sharpener
     
  2. parnass

    parnass Loaded Pockets

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    Welcome to EDCF, dd61999.
     
  3. Cuso

    Cuso Loaded Pockets

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    My Father in law who went to Nam passed one on to me, so this one has "history" . I have trouble with 2 of the uses though.. Stirring coffe, and sharpening knives. After cleaning my teeth , gutting and scaling fish and scraping my boots I doubt ill be sticking that into my coffe. Now sharpening knives..Hmm I never heard of that one before, care to elaborate I may have found another use for mine. :evilgrin:
     
  4. bruner

    bruner Loaded Pockets

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    Welcome to EDC Forums!

    You forgot a few...

    Minor surgery, logarithmic calculations, bomb disposal and self defense.

    Just joking :)

    That's a nice list you came up with.

    Again, welcome!

    Dan
     
  5. Lugsalot

    Lugsalot EDC Junkie!!!!!

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    Welcome to EDCF, dd61999! Great list! :highfive:

    I have a couple of P-38's stashed someplace. I'd have been carrying them about with me but for the fact that the little sharp bit kept opening up on me in my pocket! Some tape would fix that, if only I could relocate them! :shrug:

    As for the fear of "cross contamination" while using P-38's for various duties, why not carry a few of them and mark each of them for specific duties (one for food, one for general use and one for really dirty stuff)? The directions on P-38's recommend sterilization in boiling water (or even a match flame) between uses, but I agree with Cuso; boiled or not, I'd hesitate to stick into my coffee something I just scraped my shoes with! :green:

    Besides, they're cheap and light enough that it won't be too much trouble to carry a few like that.
     
  6. Briggz

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    cut seatbelts after you roll you car into a ditch on the way to pick up your girl friend. Glad the kid is OK
     
  7. dd61999

    dd61999 Empty Pockets

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    I use a tiny rubber o-ring to keep the blade down when not in use.
     
  8. Lugsalot

    Lugsalot EDC Junkie!!!!!

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    That would do the trick. Now I want to buy some P-38's and P-51's! :laugh:
     
  9. TNRonin

    TNRonin Loaded Pockets

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    I love the P-38. I saw a pic of a p-38 that some guy fashioned a wire to hold the blade closed.
     
  10. LZ

    LZ Loaded Pockets

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    Anyone have a good source for these must have tools :-X
     
  11. Makeshift

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    If anyone's interested I have several I'd let go for a nominal fee (just ordinary letter 1st class shipping, unless otherwise requested).
    Personally, I like the P-51 better, but it does take up a bit more space.
     
  13. LZ

    LZ Loaded Pockets

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    Hi...please PM me with details....cheers!
     
  14. m_calingo

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    That's a great idea! BTW, where does one get those O-rings? The one reason I don't carry the P-38 on key ring is I hate getting jabbed in my pocket when the blade swings open by itself.

    Oh, and I also use the P-38 to open...cans! Every so often I'll run across one of those odd shaped cans that "almost" have 90 degree corners. I find that my regular can opener, a Swing-Away, can't handle those corners. Even the opener on my Vic SAK can't cope. Only my trusty P-38 can get the job done.
     
  15. GQGeek81

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    I got some P-38's for camping a few years ago from County Comm but honestly, what you've got on your list looks like it could all be done (and then some) with most MT's.
    Still a good item to have. I want one of the larger ones as I suspect it would function just as easy as a regular hand crank can opener and fit much easier into the kitchen drawer (more sanitary to clean too).

    The best use for the P-38 is probably to stash in your vehicle with your food kit and/or for travel when you might be buying canned soup (although its not hard to find with a pull tab)

    It would also make an excellent space saving back-up for in the kitchen in case of a blackout. If you've got an electric motor you might be able to take a P-38 or 51 on the back/bottom of it so its nice and handy.
     
  16. senoBDEC

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    My experience has been much the same. Those O-rings should be available in the plumbing sections of most hardware stores. Something else very useful is elastic band type stuff (I think MSCantrell had a thread about it) - use to carry stuff on your belt horizontally.
     
  17. dd61999

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    I picked up a o-ring for 15 cents at Home Depot at the hardware aisle
     
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    That's how I keep mine closed. I made mine after seeing the same pic. I used a paper clip. It works great. If anybody is interested, I will post a pic. Super simple to make.
     
  19. zero40484

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    i have carried a p-38 in the zipper part of my wallet for well most of my life, to the extint that when i was switching back to a wallet from the old Ti clip i found the one my dad gave me in the 6th grade.

    it was a great find, i thought the sands of time took it but its back.

    i dint use it all that much. mainly sense it is a hasel to get out of m wallet.
     
  20. fod

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    A P-38 (AKA John Wayne, "issue one") has lived on my keychain for almost 25 years now. TSA tried to take it away once and I went up the chain of command to the managers' manager, who told the underlings that "we are letting those go now"...funny what a guy will do to keep something that he picked up for 15 cents, once upon a time....

    damned handy things and has "saved the day" numerous times.