Thanks to the efforts of Knife Rights, Tennessee has both state-level knife law preemption, and no restrictions on autos or blade length. This is the situation in several states now, to a greater or lesser extent.
Prior to my time at TTAK, I carried a Benchmade Mini-Griptillian or Spyderco Native as my EDC. These two knives did not run afoul of knife laws in Ohio, Idaho, or Tennessee when I carried them. In fact, even prior to TN Knife Freedom Day they were well short of the maximum blade length.
I had not tried an automatic at that point, and even after testing the Gerber Propel Auto, I am not convinced that their utility is better than that of an assisted flipper.
Now that I am free to carry whatever I would like, my EDC changes almost daily. Since I have taken over as TTAK editor, there are knives lying everywhere around the house. Unless I want to bring a specific blade for a situation I may face, I either grab a blade I have been testing or whatever is at hand when I leave the house.
That said, many of you live in places where the light of Liberty has not managed to burn through years of hoplophobia. You may live in a state without preemption. There may be bans on autos, assists, or even locking blades. You may suffer from cranio-rectal inversion and voluntarily live in NYC where you can be prosecuted for possession of virtually any common knife. There may be a length limit for blades you can legally carry.
What say you?
Is your EDC your first choice? or does your choice represent a compromise between what you want to carry and what you are allowed to carry? If you could carry something else that you are unable to now, what would it be?
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