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    Default Does anyone carry a sword on the AT

    Is carrying a sword onto the AT a good idea?
    I was thinking of maybe a three and a half foot long or four foot long light-weight sword. nothing fancy.
    do you know of any reputable outfitters, GoLite or MSR ecetera , that i could get a good, reasonbly priced sword from? probably also one that is not too heavy either, i was thinking titanium or some kind of carbon-fiber alloy, but it would probably cost too much.
    i guess i could use it for like killing bears and squirrels and stuff.

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    Ti doesn'ttake an edge well, and carbon fiber would be too brittle. My guess is you probably would want a stainless steel blade, but one that has been hollowd out or has a narrow blade. I think a sword concealed in a wooden walkng stick like that movie "Blind Fury" would be the best option for a backpacker.
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    Default is anybody else wondering about this as they laugh?

    why not a javelin?
    make a helluva tent pole, hiking staff, and in GSMNP you could really stick a pig

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    this is the funniest thing i've read on Whiteblaze in a long time

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    Quote Originally Posted by SiuWonfung
    Is carrying a sword onto the AT a good idea?
    I was thinking of maybe a three and a half foot long or four foot long light-weight sword. nothing fancy.
    do you know of any reputable outfitters, GoLite or MSR ecetera , that i could get a good, reasonbly priced sword from? probably also one that is not too heavy either, i was thinking titanium or some kind of carbon-fiber alloy, but it would probably cost too much.
    i guess i could use it for like killing bears and squirrels and stuff.
    It would double for use as a toothpick.

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    i carry a sword every were i go,its tatooed on my left arm neo

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    Check with Highlander. Stayed in a shelter with him in Virginia in 1999.
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    Why not go with an axe? http://www.popularlink.com/?ITEMID=SW-802

    Great for chopping wood, self-arrest on ice, low pole (if you are careful) on a tarp tent, and close shaving for town stops.

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    Obviously a Lightsaber(tm) is the way to go.

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    Carry the sword of RIGHTEOUSNESS.

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    This is what I carry on the trail.

    http://www.benmeadows.com/store/prod...p?dept_id=1385

    Great for threatening noisey boy scouts and unruly dogs.

    You can get a nice leather sheath that hooks on your belt.

    (seriously though, I use one of these quite frequently when land surveying (to clear traverse lines)

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    Quote Originally Posted by MisterSweetie
    Obviously a Lightsaber(tm) is the way to go.

    Do you use lithium batteries to save weight?

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    I cannot believe the nos are winning. You can't get past the first bridge on the AT without a sword. The troll would get you immediately.

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    I whacked the trolls with my Glock years ago.

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    Default Anyone that can succeed in chasing down wild squirrels with a sword...

    Needs to talk to the next U.S. Olympic track team. Decent-sized dogs are generally faster than virtually all people, and it's rare that they can catch up to squirrels.

    Anyone that voluntarily takes on a loose healthy adult bear with a sword instead of a high-powered firearm needs psychiatric attention.

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    why would you want to kill squirrels? They're cool... the slinkeys of the woods, Besides, there is more meat on a rabbit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue Jay
    I cannot believe the nos are winning. You can't get past the first bridge on the AT without a sword. The troll would get you immediately.
    My Squire carries my sword.

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    Quote Originally Posted by art to linda
    why would you want to kill squirrels? They're cool...
    Generally I would agree. However, once many of the leaves have fallen from the trees and dried out, it's astounding how much noise these bushy-tailed rodents make scrounging for their nuts. Maybe it was just a temporary population boom, but I ran across hundreds of them (I stopped counting after 80 in one day) in northern Virginia a few years ago.
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    A light saber (trademarked or otherwise) would be handy to keep those North Carolina boars I've heard about in line.
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