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    1. Can Opener
    2. Seam Ripper
    3. Screwdriver
    4. Clean Fingernails
    5. Cut Fishing Line
    6. Open Paint Cans
    7. Window Scraper
    8. Scrape Around Floor Corners
    9. Digging
    10. Clean Out Groove on Tupperware lids
    11. Reach in and Clean Out Small Cracks
    12. Scrape Around Edge of Boots
    13. Bottle Opener
    14. Gut Fish (in the field)
    15. Scale Fish (in the field)
    16. Test for 'Doneness' When Baking on a Camp Fire
    17. Prying Items
    18. Strip Wire
    19. Scrape Pans in the Field
    20. Lift Key on Flip Top Cans
    21. Chisel
    22. Barter
    23. Marking Tool
    24. Deflating Tires
    25. Clean Sole of Boot/Shoe
    26. Pick Teeth
    27. Measurement
    28. Striking Flint
    29. Stirring Coffee
    30. Puncturing Plastic Coating
    31. Knocking on Doors
    32. Morse Code
    33. Box Cutter
    34. Opening Letters
    35. Write Emergency Messages
    36. Scratch an Itch
    37. Save as a Souvenir
    38. Rip Off Rank for On-the-Spot Promotions
    39. Bee sting removal tool (scrape off w/ blade)
    40. Knife sharpener
    41. shuck oysters

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    Default Re: Why everyone should have a 50 cent P-38

    Got one on my keychain. I think you may have covered all the uses, but I'll try to come up with another.

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    Default Re: Why everyone should have a 50 cent P-38

    Got one in the truck, grip, and Messenger On-the-Go Bag. . .
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    Default Re: Why everyone should have a 50 cent P-38

    One on my keychain..gouges my leg though

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    Quote Originally Posted by GarageBoy View Post
    One on my keychain..gouges my leg though
    I use a tiny rubber o-ring to keep the blade down

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    what is a p38?

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    Default Re: Why everyone should have a 50 cent P-38

    A fine little gizmo that saw the American GI's through a few wars and helped keep them sane. Google P-38 and it's not the one with wings and propellers.
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    can u show me a link?

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    can u show me a link?
    http://www.georgia-outfitters.com/page52.shtml

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    Default Re: Why everyone should have a 50 cent P-38

    That's an impressive list of functions! Never heard of the P-38 and after clicking on that link, my first thought was "WTH, it's just a regular can opener". But I read it and I see that it folds. Ok, have to admit that's a very handy feature, a normal can opener would probably be a bit more painful keychain item. Speaking of which:

    42. improvised caltrop

    Now, does anybody make a titanium version with a locking, spring-loaded blade?


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    Here is a link on using a simple modified paperclip to hold the blade down. It works awesome!!! Better than the o-ring I had on there.

    http://edcforums.com/index.php?topic=11126.new#new

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    Default Re: Why everyone should have a 50 cent P-38

    I have several laying around the house and one on my keychain. a couple of different sizes too. its part of my edc stuff and earthquake prepared kit.

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    Yep I carry the P-38 and the larger (P-50?) at all times. Only problem is the snag me once in a while but I try to keep heat shrink slid down on the sharp part.

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    Default Re: Why everyone should have a 50 cent P-38

    I always have one with me. I also store a needle in the groove with a piece of tape to cover it. In five years, it has never come off or poked thru. Having the wire to keep the blade shut also protects the needle well.

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    Default Re: Why everyone should have a 50 cent P-38

    Quote Originally Posted by dd61999 View Post
    Clean Fingernails
    Test for 'Doneness' When Baking on a Camp Fire
    Pick Teeth
    Stirring Coffee
    As grungy as mine is, I don't think I'd use it for any of the above.

    I also might add it makes a nice piece of cleaning kit for an M-60 GPMG.

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    Default Re: Why everyone should have a 50 cent P-38

    Quote Originally Posted by lio View Post
    what is a p38?
    Used to be called, back in my military days, a John Wayne. Anybody remember that?

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    Default Re: Why everyone should have a 50 cent P-38

    P38- 38 punches to punch through a C ration can.
    Mine has been used as a mini prybar too. My buddy just bought 1000 of them

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    Pick teeth?....YOUCH!!

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    Default Re: Why everyone should have a 50 cent P-38

    Quote Originally Posted by dd61999 View Post
    I use a tiny rubber o-ring to keep the blade down
    Dang! You're the P38 king!

    I did chuckle at use #31..."knocking on doors" ... lol you wouldn't want to get caught somewhere knocking on a door without your P38...hehe

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    Default Re: Why everyone should have a 50 cent P-38

    why would I want a 50 cent p-38 - last time I bought a batch, I paid 25 cents....

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    Default Re: Why everyone should have a 50 cent P-38

    It's the best EDC tool there is!!!


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    Default Re: Why everyone should have a 50 cent P-38

    Got my P-38 for free eating Army field rations in Alaska in 1967 while on winter maneuvers and I still have it. I prefer a rotating cutter to the P-38 because it's hard to use with a cold thumb. Try opening a can in sub-zero weather. It sure was better than nothing though. I always carried it while camping in the lower 48 when I separated from the service. Travels in my mess kit.

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    Default Re: Why everyone should have a 50 cent P-38

    The P-38 was probably my first edc item. It was the one item that I could afford to buy at the Army/Navy surplus store when I was a kid. I usually keep about 4 or 5 on then on various keychains and I also keep them in all of our vehicles. It's is a very handy tool indeed!
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    Default Re: Why everyone should have a 50 cent P-38

    Quote Originally Posted by GarageBoy View Post
    One on my keychain..gouges my leg though
    +1

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    Default Re: Why everyone should have a 50 cent P-38

    Quote Originally Posted by lio View Post
    what is a p38?
    heh, when I first saw the thread title [without looking at the subforum] I thould we're talking about the Walter P-38, then I thought whats 50-cent [Curtis James Jackson III] gotta do with it? then oh, a multitool, nice

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    Also makes a good spark plug gapper in a pinch.

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    Default Re: Why everyone should have a 50 cent P-38

    For bonus points:

    Anyone here actually know how they were distributed to the troops?
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    Default Re: Why everyone should have a 50 cent P-38

    When I was in the Army there were 2 or 3 in every case of C-rations. We coveted those things. What you want is the P-51, a larger version of it and quite a bit easier to use. Most surplus stores will have em.
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    Default Re: Why everyone should have a 50 cent P-38

    I have plastic bins that we use for storm/emergency gear. Several of these bins have P-38s taped on the inside of their lids.

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    Default Re: Why everyone should have a 50 cent P-38

    i have no idea where to get these, and as they are US issued P-38s, i doubt any army surplus store in my country will carry it.. and i dont need 500 pieces, i want like 5?

    can anyone send me some? im willing to pay for it...and seeing as they are really small, they could almost be sent in a regular envelope...

    pm me? thanks

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