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he first useful thing that the human race did with its opposable thumbs—once the Kickstarter had been fully funded and the first batch of units were shipped— was to pick up a sharp stick from the ground and start using it as a tool. After a while, some bright spark realized that if he sharpened a stone it would work nicely to hamstring a dinosaur for dinner. This was the first pocket knife, although it would be some time until pockets were invented. Today there are literally thousands of different kinds of knives—the tool that shaped our destiny as a species. Yet it’s far more likely that you’re carrying an iPhone.

No longer will you hunt for the scissors in a drawer, or carve your apples with a kitchen knife, or clip your nails with garden shears.

WHY CARRY A POCKET KNIFE? I’ve read a spate of articles recently of the “how to be a man” school which advocate the carrying of a pocket knife on the grounds that “it’ll make you feel like a bad-ass.” If whether or not you feel like a bad-ass depends on what’s in your pockets, I’m sad to break this to you: you are not a bad-ass. You are, at most, an average-ass. It’s also a terrible idea to carry a knife as a weapon. With the kind of knife I’m talking about, you won’t do much damage. Anyway, the bad guy who is attacking you has a bigger knife. Or a gun. No, the best reason to carry a pocket knife is so that you can be prepared for the many, many situations that you’ll encounter during an average day where having a sharp edge of some kind is handy. Until you start carrying one, you won’t realize how many times this happens. No longer will you hunt for the scissors in a drawer, or carve your apples with a kitchen knife, or clip your nails with garden shears. You have one tool now, for all of that (although please wash it regularly) and I bet you’ll notice the slightly reduced friction in your life. You’ll be amazed at how frequently you encounter tasks that your knife is just the tool for. A knife that you carry all the time is called an “everyday carry” or EDC. Trust me: if you carry a pocket knife for a month and make a conscious decision to remember it’s there, you will wonder what you did before you had it, and you will grow to rely on it. Think of it as an experiment.

WHAT KIND OF KNIFE SHOULD I GET? Assuming you’ve decided to try the pocket knife experiment, you might feel a little overwhelmed. We are so far past the point of sharpening stones (and so far into the arena of marketing) that a newcomer to the knife scene is faced with what appears to be thousands of equally valid options.

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Bow & Arrow Magazine Fall 2013  
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