Why I Carry a Pocket Knife (almost) Everywhere I Go
Ever since I can remember I have carried a pocket knife. Call me old school but when I was around 7 years old I received my first pocket knife as a gift from my dad and there haven't been many days since then that I didn't have a knife with me. There are many reasons as to why I believe carrying a knife is beneficial so let's explore them.
First and foremost I want you to understand that I do not carry a weapon, I carry a tool. So many people have asked me why I feel the need to carry a weapon with me and I have to explain this to them. Yes a knife can be a weapon if need be (I pray I never have to use it in this manner) but I carry it for all of the practical everyday uses for a knife.
Reasons a Man Should Carry a Pocket Knife
- Opening boxes becomes a cinch (especially amazon boxes with that tape thats laced with string)
- Every time Hunter and I go to Radnor I search for the perfect stick to carve a handle into for walking
- A knife is one of the most essential camping items. If you always have one in your pocket it becomes much harder to forget when packing
- While fishing and hunting it comes in handy constantly. Cutting line, cleaning fish and a serrated edge lets you easily clear brush in front of your tree stand.
- I haven't been called MacGyver my whole life for no reason. You never know when you may need to get yourself out of a sticky situation and a knife may just be the tool for the job
Whether I'm opening one of the countless numbers of boxes Hunter has delivered to our house each week, tightening a loose screw (I hate using it as a screwdriver but when in need it gets the job done) or cleaning a fresh caught fish, it's always handy. I have always felt the need to be prepared for anything and I can't tell you how many times my knife has come in handy. I always go back to the saying, "I'd rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it". Also, now that most of the people I interact with on a regular basis know I have a knife with me, they are always asking me to cut this or open that and I happily oblige.
What Kind of knife should I buy?
Buying an expensive knife is a smart investment because quality means a lot when purchasing a tool. Anyone who uses tools regularly knows the importance of buying quality equipment the first time. Instead of buying a cheap knife and breaking it soon after putting it to hard use, why not buy one that's high quality and will last for years to come? I've been carrying the same Benchmade knife for 2 1/2 years now and it hasn't failed me yet. I also can't stress the importance enough of keeping a knife sharp. Sure it's easier to accidentally cut yourself with a sharp knife but you are more likely to have an accident trying to use a dull knife because of the fact that whatever you are cutting is going to require more effort which is in turn more dangerous. Here is a link to the sharpening kit I take everywhere with me. Every time I am at hunt camp or on a fishing trip I happily oblige to sharpen everyones knives for them.
I have taken up the hobby of making my own knives and wow, it's so rewarding taking a raw piece of steel and turning it into a functional tool. I've made hunting/camp knives but now I'm starting to focus on kitchen knives. I love to cook and having quality, sharp knives in the kitchen makes the job of cutting meat and vegetables so much easier. On top of that is the sense of pride in using something I made to prepare the food that I caught or killed. This hobby got put on the back burner when we got engaged and began to plan our wedding but I promise you will see some of my work in the future. Who knows, maybe one day I will even sell them.
Stay tuned for more content that features hunting, fishing and pretty much anything to do with the outdoors.
Let me know what questions you may have about knives and I'll be happy to answer them for you. Below I have listed a few of my favorite brands and styles.
Mine is the older discontinued model branded under H&K but this is the new model. This is my go to every day carry (EDC) knife and I don't leave the house without it.
This is my favorite fixed blade knife and it is always in my hunting bag. I keep it razor sharp so cleaning out a fish or skinning a deer becomes quick work.
I've had my eye on this Victorinox Swiss Army knife for a while now. Maybe I will get it as a birthday present this year (hint hint Hunter)