I had a bit of a revelation while at work the other day. A co-worker used his knife to open a letter that came for him. There was really nothing unusual in that activity in and of itself. However this person received "the look" from most of the people around him, including myself. He looked around at the "shock and awe" upon the faces of the others, and reacted with the ubiquitous WTF? attitude. Since I was the nearest to him, he commented to me... "You non-knife people are so scared of knives, it's just sad." I calmly called him closer and then showed him the five knives that I was carrying that day. He then wondered why I gave him the "look" along with the others, since surely I knew better than most others the value of a knife. I explained to him that it wasn't the knife per se that bothered me, it was the manner in which he deployed it. From that encounter an epiphany ensued.... "knives don't scare people, knife people do." The way in which a knife is retrieved and deployed, combined with its design and size, will reflect in others the impression as to whether the user seems to be in control or seems to be out of control. I have since modified that epiphany into the following maxim... Knives Don't Really Scare People. A Knife User's Attitude Does.