EDC: Shoelace caught in an escalator this morning


This morning, right in front of my wife and I, a teen had his loose shoelace caught by the escalator we were on. His mother was next to him and reacted like a champ. Instead of panicking and pulling on the shoe she went immediately for the red button to stop the escalator.

She then pulled on her son’s leg trying to break it free. I gave it a quick pull myself but wasted no more time and just pulled out my Leatherman Charge and cut it. Mom was grateful as if I had saved the kid’s life. She was the one that did the most important part which was stopping the escalator.

But still folks, yet again an example of how important it is to have a cutting tool with you at all times. I’ll never forget a friend of mine from school who got the skin of his leg caught by some heavy machinery… he was lucky to not lose the leg, but the skin was peeled like a banana. The scar was terrible.

This is just a big reminder: carry a knife, better yet, carry this multitool, the Leatherman Charge Tti. I shamelessly promote it because I’ve carried mine for years (nearly two decades now!) and it’s the last tool I’d part with. Almost as good for much less, consider the Leatherman Wave as well.


Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”


EDC: Shoelace caught in an escalator this morning — 2 Comments

  1. Ever notice that it’s the people who always ask you why you carry a knife, that are the first ones to ask to either borrow it or for you to cut/open something for them?


    I had one of the original Leatherman tools that I got as a Christmas present from a friend. I had it from 1985 until 2010 when I forgot it on my desk at work and some piece of “you know what” stole it.

    But that’s water under the bridge, as I purchased another Leatherman shortly afterwards.

    These days, I always travel with at least a Swiss Army knife. I grew up at a time when pretty much every guy carried some sort of a utility knife on them, and I cannot understand the absolute fear of something as innocuous as a simple Boy Scout type knife that so many people exhibit these days.

  2. I continue to be amazed at how many problems become non issues if you carry a knife, a multitool, a flashlight and some cash! Yeah a cellphone is vital too in the modern world, but I used my pocket carried gear several times yesterday as I do most days to smooth out life’s little bumps!


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