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What is the name of the book/story where a boy goes to a planet and is offered the choice of many weapons but chooses a knife.

I read it when I was in secondary school in the seventies.

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Can you remember anything useful, character names, why he was given weapons, what he ultimately needed to fight, anything else that he said or did? –  Richard May 15 '14 at 20:46
Your question made me think of John Locke from Lost. He wasn't offered other weapons, but he did choose a knife among a set of other objects presented to him by Richard Alpert. –  Kenny Evitt May 16 '14 at 13:32
This question reminds me of Hunters of the Red Moon, although I know that it isn't the answer. However, in looking it up I just discovered there's a sequel I'll have to go look for. –  Bobson May 16 '14 at 17:06

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It's Tunnel In the Sky by Robert A Heinlein. The hero has a conversation with his (much more experienced) sister near the beginning of the book where she advises him to take a knife and not a gun on his advanced survival test (which is on a different planet).

To quote from the linked Wikipedia article:

Rod, acting on his older sister's advice, takes hunting knives and basic survival gear rather than high-tech weaponry, on the grounds that the latter could make him over-confident.

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Absolutely. And during the story, many of the people with the high tech weapons did not fare very well overall. I thought this was one of Heinlein's best young adult novels. –  JohnP May 16 '14 at 14:27
Thank you so much . I'm sure that is the book. Trying to think of it has been troubling me for days. I recognise the writer now. Thank you Kenny and Bobson. –  deel May 16 '14 at 20:59
Thank you Mike . –  deel May 16 '14 at 21:00
The Heinlein Juveniles are the best! –  22nd Century Fza May 17 '14 at 5:26

Would also fit "Dune"; compare the fight between Paul Atreides (Kyle McLachlan) and Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen (Sting) in the 1984 film adaptation of the book series of the same name.

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He's not offered the choice of a more advanced weapon. The fight is kris-knife against kris-knife... –  Richard May 16 '14 at 0:03
Plus this answer is clearly referring to the movie, which A) is not a book, and B) 1984, the year it was made, is after the seventies, when the OP read the book/story. –  Beofett May 16 '14 at 17:50

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