I was helping a friend pull an engine from the local junk yard for his truck this weekend. This typically means that you’re going to have to cut a couple hoses and a belt or two. It was also useful to push the valve to check to see if the A/C system was still pressurized. Of the 4 of us there (which included an actually trained mechanic and a guy best described as a “maker”), I was the only one there with a knife at hand. I believe my buddy mentioned something about having some cutters somewhere in his tool bag, but I had the cutting job done before he could reach for it.
It always amazes me at the number of folks that don’t carry a pocket knife with them. Whether it be a Victorinox Swiss Army knife, or something more sturdy and single purpose, like my Spyderco Endura.
I’m a big believer that, unless you’re in a location where carrying such things are barred by law, you should always have a good EDC knife on you. I know some people love carrying specialized fighting knives like the Kabar TDI (I believe that’s what Erin likes to carry), which is great, but I tend to think of EDC knives as more multipurpose than that.
My Endura has been used for everything from the example above, to opening boxes, to cutting up fruit, to cutting and serving a cake. While I haven’t been required to use it in self-defense, it is a favorite of the martial artists I know and I’m confident that it will stand up to that task.
If you don’t already have and carry one, it’s one of the most useful things that you could possibly carry in your pocket. While you can spend big bucks on a Benchmade, high end Cold Steel, or Spyderco blades (hey, $70 is a lot to some folks. I know I resisted dropping that money on a knife), you can also get perfectly good blades for less (I’d recommend CRKT or Kershaw). I’d also highly recommend a locking blade, and, if you’re going to carry it in your pocket, you probably don’t want a blade over 4 inches.