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gotwins  
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04/20/2011 09:40PM
 
Anyone know what the square plastic thing on the shoulder of some PFDs is for? Here's a photo of one: http://www.boundarywaterscatalog.com/browse.cfm/4,6803.html

I use mine to clip on my 2way radio. Certainly there's a real reason for it to be there, anyone know?
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tony  
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04/20/2011 09:44PM
 
Its used to attach gear. I have a knife on mine similar to this picture. Some people attach strobe lights to it also.


tony
Savage Voyageur  
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04/20/2011 09:55PM
 
I think that it says it is a lash tab. I would like one on my PFD. I have no good spot to put a knife on it for any emergency that my arise.


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wetcanoedog  
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04/21/2011 12:52AM
 
strobe light here,whistle on the other side.


it's just a level trail thru the woods.
whiteh20  
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04/21/2011 05:53PM
 
It is for your river knife. All whitewater paddlers carry a knife (or should). I think the sea kayakers us it for a beacon.


"With an ax, you can build a life. With a stove, you can boil water. That is if nothing breaks and you don't run out of fuel." -Samuel Hearne
bapabear  
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04/24/2011 04:53PM
 
Dumb question. I have one of these on my MTI Cruiser Pro life jacket and never used it. In order to attach a knife does it take a special kydex sheath with a special clip to attach? What do people attach to these and how do they do it?


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jeroldharter  
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04/24/2011 05:47PM
 
Yes, a sheath like the one shown in the picture.
tony  
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04/24/2011 09:45PM
 
The sheath on my knife has a thumb screw on the back that loosens the belt loop so you can slide the belt loop kydex piece through the lashing attachment point.


tony
andym  
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04/25/2011 06:14AM
 
Knives designed for water rescue generally have a sheath with a clip that will slide through these lash tabs. Or if they fold then the knife handle itself usually has a clip that fits. My sailing rigging knife works that way.
Beaverjck  
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04/25/2011 06:37AM
 
Why does the knife pictured have a gut hook? Seems like an unnecessary feature for a water rescue knife, unless you were stranded in the north country and were able to bludgeon a caribou to death with a boot.
jeroldharter  
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04/25/2011 08:14AM
 
quote Beaverjck: "Why does the knife pictured have a gut hook? Seems like an unnecessary feature for a water rescue knife, unless you were stranded in the north country and were able to bludgeon a caribou to death with a boot."


It is for cutting though rope or webbing. It is considered a rescue knife. I use it for an all around camp knife too. It is very durable.


I have one like the knife pictured and it is very useful to have on the life vest. My new life vest lacks that square attachment and I don't like it. I got used to always having a knife there.
Corsair  
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04/25/2011 10:07AM
 
That's pretty cool. I may look for a knife to put on my vest like that.


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