By Brandon N.
I grew up with a dad who always carried a small pocket knife. The blade was only about 1.5” but I remember it being quite sharp. He would pull it out any time he had an excuse to cut something and as a kid I loved it. I couldn’t wait until I was old enough to have my own pocket knife. When it was finally time to shell out a couple of bucks for something decent I remember getting a Leatherman Squirt. I hated stuff in my pockets and wanted something small enough that it wouldn’t bother me sitting in my pocket but could still be useful. Unfortunately . . .
I melted some of the tools while doing backyard electrical and decided it was time to buy a real multi-tool. After reading review after review (and looking for deals) I decided to go with the Leatherman MUT. It was the perfect accessory to go with my AR-15 and I found an Amazon deal close enough to my budget that I could fudge the numbers without aggravating the wife too much. Obviously this thing was not going to sit in my pocket.
I decided to pick up a decent backpack over at my local Big 5 that had molle straps and would help me lug around my goods. As I started carrying more emergency EDC gear in my backpack I decided a nice survival knife would be a good addition. After watching YouTube videos and reading reviews I decided the Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate Serrated Knife would be a good, frugal selection. It wasn’t my first choice, but I knew it wouldn’t see too much action and would be sitting inside the backpack. That meant I could go a little larger and didn’t have to worry about the “look at me” orange coloring.
After that, TTAG turned me on to TTAK and I realized my NEED for a quality self-defense EDC knife. Once again I hit the web (while I was supposed to be doing something efficient at work, of course) and after three days of research, picked up my new baby; a beautiful Benchmade Griptillian. Nice, light weight in the pocket and, of course, a great blade. Don’t leave home without it.
I still have my original Squirt in my backpack because some of the tools still work, of course, and I’m not one to throw a perfectly valuable tool away, but now when I walk into my nice quiet office job to sit at a computer all day, I do so with four knives on me: multi-tools (large and small), a folder, and a fixed blade (with a necessary fire starter of course).
I work with my brother and since I type for a living, he thinks I’m crazy. I’m not denying the fact that I may be, but just the other day he did need borrow my MUT and while he was at it, he asked if I still had that paracord in my backpack as well. I let him borrow them but couldn’t help throw out a line about him being lucky I’m so crazy. Heck, I wouldn’t mind adding a Mini-Griptiliian to the collection (Farago?). So how about it? What do you walk out the door with? How many knives to you need before you can call it a day? Is there such a thing?