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Old 03-10-2014, 12:44 PM
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Default The Handkerchief...do you carry one?

I've been carrying one with me since grade school. It has so many potential everyday uses, I'm not sure why they "fell out of fashion", so to speak. I'm guessing with the invention of disposable napkins and tissue, it was no longer needed?

Aside from the obvious, runny nose, and wiping of sweat, here is a list of things that I've personally used mine for.

-gave to my then GF now wife, when she teared up during a chick flick...got major brownie points for that!
-impromptu bandage
-impromptu dust mask
-strained water before filtering when out backpacking
-carrying shells my daughter was collecting at the beach
-soaked in ice water and laid on the back of the neck to cool down

I'm sure I have more I just can't think of them off the top of my head.

Anyone else carry one or possibly thought of carrying one? They take up virtually no space, especially when folded up and put in your back pocket.
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I always have a red bandana, they come in handy for a million reasons.
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I carry a shemagh in my backpack.

They seem to have become pretty trendy lately (or maybe they have been for a long time and I just didn't realize it ). I picked up a few of them years ago for like $3 each.
I have used it before when hiking to block the sun off of my neck. So far that's the only thing I've used it for.

There's a million uses for them and they are cheap/small/lightweight. No downside in my mind.
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I've been carrying one with me since grade school. It has so many potential everyday uses, I'm not sure why they "fell out of fashion", so to speak. I'm guessing with the invention of disposable napkins and tissue, it was no longer needed?

Aside from the obvious, runny nose, and wiping of sweat, here is a list of things that I've personally used mine for.

-gave to my then GF now wife, when she teared up during a chick flick...got major brownie points for that!
-impromptu bandage
-impromptu dust mask
-strained water before filtering when out backpacking
-carrying shells my daughter was collecting at the beach
-soaked in ice water and laid on the back of the neck to cool down

I'm sure I have more I just can't think of them off the top of my head.

Anyone else carry one or possibly thought of carrying one? They take up virtually no space, especially when folded up and put in your back pocket.
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I carry a shemagh in my backpack.

They seem to have become pretty trendy lately (or maybe they have been for a long time and I just didn't realize it ). I picked up a few of them years ago for like $3 each.
I have used it before when hiking to block the sun off of my neck. So far that's the only thing I've used it for.

There's a million uses for them and they are cheap/small/lightweight. No downside in my mind.
A rag filled with snot located in my pocket seems like a downside.

Beyond that, I see your point involving everything not a runny nose. Handy for sure.
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what would i need a handkerchief for i got a shirt and snot rockets
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If I leave the house I always have at least one on me.
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A rag filled with snot located in my pocket seems like a downside.

Beyond that, I see your point involving everything not a runny nose. Handy for sure.
ROFL I guess that's a great point. Using it for it's intended purpose never crossed my mind.
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I carry one when I remember to throw it in my bag, especially when out camping or in the desert. Also great for covering up my face when I rob a liquore store church.
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I put bandanas in my survival kits. And I usually bring a Buff with me if I'm going hiking or fishing etc. I have a bug-off one for fishing. A standard wool Buff and a thicker icebreaker winter wool tube buff.

One of the most useful things I own.
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I keep a bandana in my back pocket. Always comes in handy
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I know that bandanas are much bigger than handkerchiefs, but how about a buff? Is that the same or similar in size? What makes it a buff?
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A traditional Handkerchief... no



I usually have a few bandanas stashed in several places though
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Growing up, I always had one. However due to the gang problems,I had to be very careful of what color I chose.
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I keep a white one with me all the time. Primarily for wiping sweat off my brow.

In runny nose season I keep two.

One for the nose. One for the sweat.

Pick them up at Marshall's Ross or any store like that. Usually you can get one with your initials in it. Pack of three for approx $6-$7



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I've used bandanas as dust mask, head band to keep sweat out of my eyes, as a bandage on my little boys knee and wipe away his tears. Things have changed because of gang issues. It is difficult to find cotton bandanas in colors not associated with gangs.
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I have and use both handkerchief and bandana depending on dress and activity. Handkerchief at funerals and weddings, bandana with most outdoor activities.
Back in the 1970's I we wore them daily until the Crips and Bloods decided red and blue were their colors...that's when the culture changed IMHO.
I have used a bandana for everything from sweat band to tourniquet.
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I carry a shemagh in my backpack.

There's a million uses for them and they are cheap/small/lightweight. No downside in my mind.
Except for making you look like a wannabe operator.
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Only really old guys use a cloth hanky to blow their nose and then put it back in their pocket. And get boogers in your pocket. And blow their nose again...and again....and again. Then put it in the washer and get boogers all over your other clothes. Gross.

For all other uses, it's fine.
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Yes, still carry one daily
being in the military and out in the training environment, paper alternatives weren't always available.
I think they fell out of fashion because folks like one co-worker who observed that you're putting a piece of cloth with whatever gunk you've blown out of your nose back into a pocket to have contact with whatever else is in that pocket
In the modern USA / first world there are "civilized" people who are squeamish about such things
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Never understood blowing your nose into a handkerchief and then throwing the dirty handkerchief into the washing machine with other clothes.
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I take a bandana when I go hiking. I get it wet and keep my head and face cool. Gotta make sure they are cotton. I had one that was a cheap polyester blend that wouldn't absorb water, absolutely useless.
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I carry the banana. My grandfather was a hanky man....even my boogers went back into his pocket.

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I throw all my dirty clothes into the washing machine. Snot, sweat, blood, and other bodily fluids, plus grime and whatever transferred to my clothing from the public seats I've used...all get clean in the laundry. Funny how that works. For very soiled laundry, I pre-soak and/or use a little bleach.

I also throw all my dirty dishes into the dishwasher. Not only killers such as old mayonnaise, onions, and chicken scraps but also saliva from man and beast--gone when the dishes come out, sparkling clean.
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Except for making you look like a wannabe operator.
I guess I'm lucky in that regard. Being a chick with a style that is a bit 'weird' I can get away with a lot more without looking like a mall ninja.
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Never leave home without a hanky in the back pocket. I consider it 1 of 2 things every man should carry.

1: a knife
2: a hanky

I've had people ask me why I carry them, but trust me, when you have them you find ways to use them.
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A bandana has a million uses. It doesn't make sense to not carry one.
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what would i need a handkerchief for i got a shirt and snot rockets
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I also carry a shemagh in my pack and have several others in other pieces of kit. Stayed away from the standard colored bandanas and hankerchiefs and have been able to find solid muted earthtone colors.

I first started using a shemagh on my first deployment to the gulf, last century. Before that it was a small field towel.
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Bandana is typical of my far afield work load out, out in the sticks. Neckerchief usually to keep the sun off, wet for evaporative cooling. I always like to have a tourniquet handy. I'm not much for porting around boogers, though. Never like to be without a pocket hanky in a suit.
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I carry it because in 70's all rock star carry handkerchief and they all looks awesome.
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