Reader Stuart B. dropped me line with a link to an article from Popular Mechanics. The title of the article is actually Why you should carry a pocketknife everyday. But other than the passage I will quote below, there isn’t much of the answer to the question Why?. What the article is however, is a good basic primer for the knife-noob. Stuart forwarded it under the rubric “It is always good when a “mainstream” publication puts something like this out. If nothing else, it would be a good one to forward if someone asks you for advice.
From Popular Mechanics:
My dad never left the house without his keys, a pen, and a pocketknife. I recall him swiftly offering to open packages, cut string, or remove splinters at a moment’s notice. By having a pocketknife on him at all times, my father had his own do-it-yourself solution for a multitude of daily tasks. I’ve always admired that self-sufficiency, and in recent years I’ve strived to emulate it by carrying my own knife or multitool with me wherever I go.I’ve found that carrying a small knife with me every day can be liberating—all because of those small DIY victories.