Reader Essay Submission: What have I got in my pocket?

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What have I got in my pocket?

  • By Dan V.

Like most everyone reading this website I carry a knife with me every day.  I own several knives and each of them gets pocket time depending on the attire of the day and my agenda.  I don’t hard use my knives, no batoning for these guys, but anything from food prep to packaging is fair game.  So, what have I got in my pocket?


For nearly two years my exclusive EDC knife was a large Buck Vantage Force Pro and it remains in heavy rotation.  It’s actually in my pocket right now.  This knife was a gift from my wife the first Christmas after we were married.  This was my first step up from bargain basement blades and continues to be one of my favorites.  The S30V drop point blade is partially serrated and beautifully stonewashed.  The textured G10 scales provide a solid grip through all cutting tasks and the pocket clip is about as perfect as I can imagine. This is a fairly large folder by my standards but I have larger hands so it suits me quite well.  There is some jimping on the spine of the blade, however it is not aggressive enough to provide much benefit.  This is definitely a swing and miss in the execution department but the grip supplied by the textured scales is so secure that it doesn’t negatively affect the feel of the knife in hand.  There is a flipper on this blade but I can’t for the life of me get it to open the knife fully without some solid wrist action.  The poor flipping action is certainly a little disappointing but not a deal breaker by any means.  There is also a thumb hole that works quite well for slow opening the knife.  The only true negative I really have for this knife is it is quite weighty for its size due to its solid steel back spacer.   I would recommend the Vantage to anyone looking for a knife of this size.


Currently, my main EDC knife is the Kizer 3404A1.  This slick little number is my most recent purchase.  In terms of features this thing is loaded.  Once again we are dealing with a stone washed drop point blade.  This time however it comes in the S35VN flavor.  The handle material is contoured solid titanium providing a surprisingly nice grip despite its smooth texture.  The overall size of this knife is just right for EDC, not too big not too small.  The first black mark on this knife is the pocket clip.  It has an odd extension on the end of the clip that is just too pokey.  The jimping here is excellent and located on both the spine and the tail cap.  The flipper on this Kizer is everything the Buck flipper is not.  This thing fires like an assisted opener.  In addition to the flipper, there are a set of nice thumb studs that can also be used to deploy the blade.  Kizer is kind of a new brand so if you haven’t heard of them before or see one of their models that strikes your fancy I would suggest checking them out.



For the past several months, the knife I find riding in my pocket when I set out to do chores around the house is the SOG Trident.  The avid reader of TTAK may recognize this particular Trident as the grand prize in last fall’s pumpkin carving contest.  I’d like to take this opportunity to say a massive thank you to Clay and Jon for running the contest and I fully plan on defending my title this fall.  The blade of the Trident is an AUS8 clip point, partially serrated and black coated.  The handle of the Trident is a glass reinforced nylon with some diamond checkering that gives a nice grip.  The Trident is a large knife. Even for a guy with pretty large hands this knife is quite sizable.  This quality keeps me from carrying this knife of a regular basis outside of the home despite its well-executed deep carry pocket clip.  There is jimping practically everywhere on this knife and it makes for a very secure grip.  The Trident has a trio of cool features like no other knife I own.  Firstly, it is an assisted opener.  I have to admit when I first got this knife I spent an obscene amount of time just opening and closing it to enjoy that assisted action.  The second feature is the piston lock.  The third feature is the notch in the back of the handle that allows you to cut rope and similar materials without deploying the blade.  The only problem with this feature is that it doesn’t seem to work very well.  Overall, the Trident is a solid knife that can definitely get the job done.





Sometimes you just have to put on a suit.  When you look good your pocket pal should look good too.  In times like these I turn to my Mcusta Tactility.  This knife was a gift from my wife (she’s pretty great) for my first Father’s Day.  The Tactility sports a VG10 drop point blade that is mirror finished.  The handle scales on this Tactility are Japanese quince wood.  The Tactility sports a longish blade but its slim profile make the knife feel much smaller than it is.  The pocket clip on this knife is possibly even better than the Vantage.  It buries the knife deep in the pocket and has a stylish quality that compliments a nice tie bar.  There is some well executed jimping in the liners that gives a very positive grip while not breaking up the smooth lines of the quince scales.  The blade has a large thumb hole that allows for easy deployment.  I really don’t have anything negative to say about this knife.  Mcusta has a multitude of other models with a nice blend of modern materials with traditional Japanese styling cues.



So that’s what’s in my pocket.  What will find its way in there next? Who knows?  I have a feeling the next knife I get is destined for my belt but you never can tell.  So, what’s in your pocket?


  1. cmeat says:

    pretty soon you’ll have the whole workweek covered.
    slip a modded wharny or reverse tanto in for the three day weekends.
    kizer is on the empire website; they are chinese.
    those quince handles are sweet. unlike quince.

  2. nice EDC rotation. I would suggest a slipjoint as your next one! it would compliment your large blades and allow you a less “intimidating” option if needed.

  3. Steve says:

    At work I carry a Kershaw Rake with the composite blade. It really takes a beating and that edge holds up well. Days off it’s usually a ZT 350 in ZDP-189 or a Klötzli Tighe button lock if I’m being fancy.

  4. Jon M. says:

    Great article, and really cool to see how that Trident is fairing. I’m glad you’re enjoying it!

    That’s cool you’ve got a Kizer knife and have positive words for it. The Chinese premium brands are really starting to take off and I’ve been eyeing Kizer and the Stedemon SHY for awhile now. Keep us updated on the 3404A1, I have a feeling Chinese manufacturing may be a force to be reckoned with in the coming years.

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