We were talking about knives in Facebook and a couple of us mentioned we carry two of them. I was asked why and after I was done, i realized I could use the exchange as a blog post and maybe it could help somebody make a decision about carrying blades.
My “social carry” blades. depending one how I feel or where I wear, I carry one of these most of the times when I go out:
And my utility blade:
These were my explanations during the chat:
Most people, the moment they see the little cross in the red shield denoting a Swiss Army Knife, they just think Boy Scouts or camping and don’t worry much. Mind you, this is a respectable main blade that is one-hand opening locks just like your tactical knife, but there is no association with danger-ZOMG-Assassin-Blade! for normal people.The other knives look menacing which in my personal experience have come handy to change the mind of critters thinking I was a victim. Whatever I am carrying does not come out unless I am back home and has to be put away or I need it to modify somebody’s aggressive behavior.
And, of course, those do not include blades I have all over the house and inside the truck. There be blades everywhere because sometimes they are easier to reach or you dumb plumb forgot to have one with you.
When you carry a blade, you are a useful individual. How many times a day do you find yourself trying to remove/open/trim/reduce/etc something and you can’t because simply you do not have the proper tool AKA a blade?
And if you carry at least one, how many times daily do we see people struggling with something and we say to ourselves “How come this person does not have a simple knife or even a box cutter?”