I was getting ready to go out this evening, and as I was changing, I took stock of what blade I wanted to bring with me. It was a bit of a legal grey area where I was going, so I opted for my Benchmade MiniGriptilian as an inside pocket carry.
Most days I have taken to carrying two knives. First I EDC either the Grip or my Spyderco Native S30V. These are my everyday functional knives. As a general rule it unneccesairly startles folks who don’t know me if I suddenly produce a neck-knife or 4.5″ fixed blade. An EDC folder is sufficient for 95% of what most of us encounter on a daily basis. Which of the two folders I am carrying is simply a matter of convenience. I often leave one or the other in the basement bathroom, still clipped to my pants or shorts when I shower at night. Given the choice I grab the Grip, for reasons I will explain when I get around to writing a formal review.
Most days I also carry the Kim Breed Model 15 in a horizontal IWB sheath. I know I should carry a CCW if defense is a concern, but when I am schlepping a 3 and 5 yo it is often left at home because it is one more thing to be thinking of, and I find I do a worse job caring for my kids if I am hyper-aware of the fact I am carrying. Personal choice. Debatable logic. But the Model 15 is actually a knife with defensive chops, even if I am most often using it for tasks that are simply burlier than a pocket-clipped folder can handle.
The CRKT Folts Minimalist is my backup knife when I am guiding. Since I have my Mora on my belt, and I don’t like to rely on the pockets of nylon pants to retain the clip of the Spydy or the Benchmade when I am climbing over rocks and streams. They do fine with canvas or cotton pockets though.
So I make a decision on what to carry based on the legalities of where I am going as well as what I am planning to do. Unless it is a government building I am usually willing to bend the rules a bit rather than leave a knife in the car. I am counting on my discretion in not letting it be seen, and on the TN culture that says that no one really cares if you have a knife. Guns have a lot more psychological baggage. I have picked my kids up from school (parochial not public and thus less hoplophobic and more likely to give me a warning) on my way back from the river and forgotten to remove my Mora and no one said anything. The teachers know what I do for a living. I don’t bother removing a pocket clipped EDC. In 2 years no one has ever said anything about that.
So my questions are these:
Do you change your carry knife for the anticipatied outlook of your day? Or do you carry the same knife 100% of the time? What factors (legality, anticpated use, etc.) do you consider when selecting your knife or knives for the day?