Question of the Day: Do you EDC for what you _might_ face, or know you face?


I have had several jobs where I had to break down lots of boxes. (random photo from internet)

What I mean by that is: Do you have a specific task at work or in your daily goings on that is predictable in that you need your EDC for it, or is it simply that you wish to be prepared for what you might need a knife for?

Nathan needs to break down a lot of boxes at work. So he is prepared for that in what he carries. Obviously, I use a knife all the time while guiding, though I have different knives for fishing and EDC. What about you? Do you have a regular task that you need to use your EDC knife for?


  1. Roger says:

    I carry for both. A waved Endura handles boxes and can be used rather easily just in case you need to poke some holes in people. But really, most knives can be pressed into emergency stabbing/slashing service.

    1. I wasn’t referring specifically to defensive use.

      I can’t imagine that anyone reading this doesn’t EDC as part of preparedness, I was looking specifically to specific Every Day tasks for your Every Day Knife.

  2. PeterK says:

    Nope. I just carry because I like to have a knife for those odd days I really need one.

    Plus they are super cool. 🙂

  3. Kevin76 says:

    I carry at least a pocket knife just because I was taught to always carry a knife. My grandparents on dad’s side were farmers so always have a knife was something that was just ingrained into us. If nothing else we can use them to whittle with during periods of boredom.

  4. Daniel says:

    I carry for what I might need it for. Just got back last Wednesday from Lafayette Louisiana. Did not have any check on bag. So that meant none of my knives could go with me.

    I am not fully dressed without a knife in my pocket. So off to the hardware. Bought a Stanley pocket/utility knife. Built just like a pocket knife but with a straight utility changeable blade.

    And no I do not work for Stanley tools I just yack a lot.

    Simple answer—I EDC for what might come up. There is always something one needs to cut.

  5. Daniel says:

    Not one of those folding utility knives. But a lightweight pocket knife. Once you opened it it would lock. Then you pulled the but end to unlock.

  6. cmeat says:

    toothpick. letter opener. box cutter. gasket scraper. zip tie remover. cuticle pusher.
    i can’t remember the last time that i patted my pockets and didn’t have an edge to accomplish some task.
    some everyday work stuff, some get you home side of the road engineering stuff.

    1. Enuz says:

      Oh god. Gasket scraping on the road side.

      I had to do that ONCE with a water pump gasket. I do not care to think how unpleasant it would have been with something rather more central.

  7. Pantera Vazquez says:

    Interestingly, I carry a firearm for work, yet I always carry a Gerber multi tool as well as a folding knife. Open a package, clean a fingernail, trim an Irish pennant, tighten a screw. If off the job, the gun may be left home, but the folder and\or the multi tool will be on me for utility as well as potentially self defense.

  8. ChuckN says:

    I always carry 3 knives: a jack knife/swiss army knife,
    a multitool, and either lockback, such as a buck 110 or
    a short fixed blade, usually an OKC Rat 3. If anything
    crops up 1 of the 3 can generally handle it.

  9. VaqueroJustice says:

    You can chalk me up as being in the both category.

    I carry tools both for what I know I will face as well as what I might face.

    I’m firmly in the better to have it and not need it than the other way around camp.

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