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Rather than continue derailing the memes thread, I have started a new discussion.

There, I made the assertion that a true man is never without a pocketknife, a handkerchief, and some cash. Most people had no issue with the knife or cash, but pooh-poohed the handkerchief a bit. Some even suggested that as long as there are shirt sleeves, one does not need a handkerchief. That was possibly a joke. Maybe.

However, I would like now to point out that a handkerchief is valuable for more than blowing one's nose. With one, you can wipe sweat, clean glasses, use as a bandage, or (if you are French) surrender. With a large enough one, it can serve as a sweat band, mask, bandana, rescue flag, hat, sunshade, water strainer, or even a tourniquet. Which is why I carry one.

I'd also make one other suggestion for the properly-dressed male: a flashlight. I have a Streamlight Nano that rides on my keychain. It's the size of a cigarette butt, but provides a surprisingly bright beam. Another that I frequently carry in addition to the Nano is a rechargeable Streamlight Microstream. That one is the size of an unsmoked cig.

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Agreed Rocky with the exception of the hanky. I’m a shirt sleeve or the-shirt man. I’ll use whichever or both to take care of your handkerchief needs!

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No handkerchief.

I do carry a terry cloth rag dangling from my back pocket to wipe sweat, or blood, or wipe hands. Don't blow my nose on it though. If I blow my nose on something, it's a paper product that gets promptly tossed in the trash.

I go through a lot of those in summer, as I'm prone to sweat.

Never without a pocket knife. Never without a handgun or AR within at least easy reach. Got plenty of lights at hand too.

One thing I've added as an essential now is a phone. I keep records on it for client hours, photographs, get notifications from surveillance cameras, has a built in flashlight, compass, and even...a phone to call someone in an emergency. grin

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Of the list - I carry a knife on me, flashlight in the truck along with a ferro rod and firestarters.

Somehow I'm still alive without some of the things everyone believes "a person should have" to get through their day. "I always carry 300 tools, a spare driveshaft, floor jack, 2 tires, tire repair kit, sat phone, 3 AAA accounts, a chainsaw, 9 pistols, a camp stove, a sleeping bag and 2 tents in the truck of the Buick - even when going to the store for a quart of milk."


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Pocketknife, small (2-CR132A batteries) flashlight, handkerchief, 10' piece of cord or small rope, and lighter (even though I don't smoke). Everywhere, every day. Cash and a cell phone are often with me, but the other things are always with me.

Usually if I'm carrying cash and a cell phone, then I'm carrying a handgun too...

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My Grandfather carried a handkerchief


As far as your multiple use theory, there’s nothing like using your snot rag you store in your pocket to then also wipe the sweat from your brow and clean your glasses.


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I flew to Florida recently, I don’t check any bags. You can’t fly with a pocketknife ad I felt undressed the whole time. I might have to buy one to leave in Florida on my next visit.

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I agree in the handkerchief. I rarely am without one. It's amazing how many times I've had others need it's use.

I don't see a problem with the flashlight, but not sure I'd include it in the "properly dressed man" thing. Great to have, but IMO the flashlight function of phones has replaced the need to carry it as a separate item.

I would include a way of making fire. I almost always have a lighter in my pocket. Don't smoke, but it comes in handy very often. Usually just a cheap BIC, but not unusual to have a Zippo in my pocket. Never know with some lady needs a light or you've been offered a cigar. LOL.

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Always a pocketknife…. I’m always close to my rig so there is plenty of stuff in there….. one thing I learned along time ago was water. Here in the summer it can be non-existent. Every vehicle has at least a gallon if not 2-3. A basic tool kit and jumper cables but mostly water.

If you are broke down anywhere….. even if you can call someone it may be an hour or 2 before someone can reach you. Heat exhaustion/Stress is real dangerous.

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Most people feel naked without their phone now which probably has a built in flashlight.

I completely agree on the pocketknife and cash though. Handkerchief sounds good but it's definitely missing from my pockets.



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Pointer, you make a...well, point. I carry a flashlight because I do not carry a phone. To those of you addicted to those electronic leashes, you still qualify as having a light.

To the tee shirt comment, if ever I'm bleeding and you offer me your sweaty, stinky, bacteria-riddled tee shirt as a bandage...I will decline. Many of the uses I describe should be limited to a clean hankie. If you are blowing your nose every few minutes into one, you have eliminated all uses but that one. Which is still less disgusting than a sodden sleeve right there in full view.

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Originally Posted by pointer
I agree in the handkerchief. I rarely am without one. It's amazing how many times I've had others need it's use.

I don't see a problem with the flashlight, but not sure I'd include it in the "properly dressed man" thing. Great to have, but IMO the flashlight function of phones has replaced the need to carry it as a separate item.

I would include a way of making fire. I almost always have a lighter in my pocket. Don't smoke, but it comes in handy very often. Usually just a cheap BIC, but not unusual to have a Zippo in my pocket. Never know with some lady needs a light or you've been offered a cigar. LOL.

In this day and age I wouldn’t handle any handkerchief from anyone or would I offer one unless I didn’t want it back. Small travel pack of Kleenex is more better.



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No argument, Swifty. Fortunately, hankies come in six-packs for very little money.


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My keys, micro wallet, knife, kerchief and a firearm are always with me. If I'll be out after dark I add a little O Light mini flash light. Usually have a bottle of water with me when I leave the house. That mostly stays in the truck. The truck is a whole other subject, it's outfitted for about anything I might run into.


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Knife, light and pistol.

Rags, first aid and other tools in the truck.

Stupid phone may or may not be on my person.

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A microfiber lens cloth is virtually always in my pocket! But not for snot...


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A torn up shirt for a bandage over a dirty handkerchief.... after going through allbsorts of crapy pencil style lights I have found that the Nebo inspector is pretty durable for less than $20.. the are good about replacing them if they do go bad. I had one accumulate so much dust that the beam focus became inoperable.. It was replaced like a Craftsmen ratchet.

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you could always buy a knife there and mail it back to yourself...


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Farmer's bandanna, it could be used as a tourniquet, or a compress.


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It's more the farmer in me rather than the gentleman.
I almost always have a folded up blue shop rag in one of my pockets. Usually for grease or dirt.
Works well for snot also. I don't see the need for a hanky. They make these cute little boxes of kleenex that fit in my truck perfectly.
If I blow my nose in something, it ain't going back in my pocket.


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Pocket knife? Yep (3 of them).
Handkerchief? Yep. (For glasses primarily. The one currently in my pocket has had a couple strips cut off of it to attach deer tags to antlers. Also works for bandage.)
Cash? Yep.

Maybe it's just my personal twitch, but I absolutely never set my wallet or keys down, they are <<always>> in my pocket. That means I always have my credit card and driver's license on me.

Anymore I almost never go without my cell phone.

Finally, I have a little "go" bag, not a bug-out bag, which contains a flashlight, hunting knife, Leica monocular, kleenex, a disposable poncho, ear plugs, water purification tablets, and a .44 magnum and some ammo which is with me most of the time.


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