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    I recently bought this knife.

    MACV-SOG Vietnam Military Knife & Sheath

    Can I legally open carry it in NC? I am 17 years old if age has to do with it, and I want to carry it for self defense.

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    Knives are a poor choice of defensive weapon to be honest. You'd be better off with OC (pepper spray) or even a collapsible baton with some training in it's use.

    By the way, here's a pic of a real MAC/V-SOG knife with beret. (my father was with MAC/V-SOG for two tours)

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    ok, that got cleared up. Nice pictures GlassWolf.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GlassWolf View Post
    Knives are a poor choice of defensive weapon to be honest. You'd be better off with OC (pepper spray) or even a collapsible baton with some training in it's use.

    By the way, here's a pic of a real MAC/V-SOG knife with beret. (my father was with MAC/V-SOG for two tours)

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    Glasswolf , that hardware is a work of art IMO , and it is nice it means alot to you . Very nice
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    Thank you. My father served in the armed forces for 30 yers, retiring as a full colonel. Unfortunately, he passed away as a result of cancer from agent orange exposure during his tours. He is the man who got me started on my path to firearms training and safe handling. Gotta respect that.

    Oh I did forget to mention that if you want a quality reproduction of the original SOG knife, "SOG" has made several variations over the years since the early 90s that are very nice knives, although nowhere near as cheap as those $12 ones all over eBay.

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    Not much more to add. I agree, a knife is not a great SD tool unless you're very well trained. Even then it's only useful at bad breath range. You know the old rule about taking a knife to a gunfight, right?

    While that knife looks neat it's probably not terribly well made (the knock off the OP lists, not the beautiful one Glasswolf showed).

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    Welcome to the forum Wolf, glad you are here!
    I'm with the others on the knife thing and guns. With a gun you don't have to get as close but knives do have an important place in our lives.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GlassWolf View Post
    Knives are a poor choice of defensive weapon to be honest. You'd be better off with OC (pepper spray) or even a collapsible baton with some training in it's use.

    By the way, here's a pic of a real MAC/V-SOG knife with beret. (my father was with MAC/V-SOG for two tours)

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    To the OP.... why would you want to carry such a knife? As a defensive tool a knife is a last resort unless to are trained and skilled in its use. without training a knife can get you killed as easily as it can save your life. Also, such a large knife is illegal in most jurisdictions. A close examination of local and state law is order. A good OC spray would be my first recommendation. A baton could be useful but I recommend training for it. Above all else, common sense and a clear head is your first and best line of defense. If you think a situation could be trouble, avoid it. Always be aware of your surroundings, always be aware of the people around you. Start with the fundamentals, and build on them.
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    As Sister says, knives are important. I would be willing to bet that the majority of folks here EDC some type of blade. If I'm wearing pants I have my Spyderco Ladybug3 in ZDP on me. I never leave the house without it. It's not a large knife but it's very functional and does most things I need a knife to do. If I'm camping, hiking, hunting or fishing then obviously I'll also have other knives along but it's handy to have my lil' 'bug.
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    Thanks for posting the PICS GlassWolf.

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    For the knife Wolf bought, my suggestion would be to have a leathersmith work a better sheath for you, maybe a copy of the real one (pictured) then take that reproduction knife, and have it put into a display case you can hang on a wall. It'd make a terrific conversation piece. It really is an attractive knife.

    I do EDC a knife, but mine is a Benchmade folder. Very good (154CM) steel, razor sharp edge, and about 3.5" long. It's not a defensive tool, but it is an invaluable tool that I use almost daily for various tasks. Having a quality folding knife to carry is important, in my opinion. When I was younger, I carried a Vicorinox Swiss Army Alox Pioneer. The knife was given to me by my dad when I was a boy scout, and I've kept it for the last 25+ years. (the textured metal grip swiss army one, not the plastic handled too-many-gadgets things) and that's been a terrific knife if you want something reliable and sturdy and affordable.

    On an interesting side note, the original SOG knives were actually made of a fairly soft alloy so while they didn't hold an edge that well, they weren't brittle, and thus wouldn't snap off in an enemy if it came to that purpose. The knives were mainly carried as an offensive weapon to silently dispatch a sentry, for example, and not so much as a defensive tool, for which most SF guys carried a .45 and a rifle, and were fairly well trained in hand to hand. Just a bit of trivia there.
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