I am not implying that we are all a bunch of OFWGs, but there seems to be a common back-story between our frequent commenters and myself. The story is some variation on this theme…most of us got our first knife from a family member, be it grandpa, dad, or even mom. It was a rite of passage. We used it in Scouts or on family camping trips, carried it until it wore a hole in our pocket, and have likely done the same with any number of subsequent blades over the years.
We all also seem to be exclusively male. Even without empirical data to back it up, I feel safe in saying that men EDC a knife more frequently than women. Some of that is simple practicality, we have better pockets. As a general rule we perform more manual tasks at work or around the home. Gender roles have shifted certainly, but men are still more likely to do the heavy lifting. (90% of workplace deaths are men according to economist Thomas Sowell). And the anthropologist in me can’t overlook the rite of passage aspect of knives and weapons that transcends cultures and epochs.
But that is not to say that there are no “Ladies of the Knife”. Many fine Chefs are women, as well as plenty of home cooks. There are female surgeons, Girl Scout leaders, and retail workers who break down boxes. There are plenty of women who have a knife of some sort in their purse or on their person for any number of the same reasons that men do.
This YouTube video shows food journalist Camas Davis butchering the midsection of a pig. It is the first of 3 installments of her breaking down a half pig. They are extremely thorough and well made. Definitely worth a watch.
So I have a few questions for TTAK readers today…
First for any “Ladies of the Knife”:
Are any of you reading this? If so, is your knife backstory different? Do you still EDC and if so please tell us your “knife story”.
For the OFWGs:
Does your significant other EDC? Is this your influence or something she has always done or sought out on her own?
Inquiring minds want to know.