Benchmade Company shared a list of 24 uses for an EDC knife with our friends at WideOpenSpaces. Some are fairly common and mundane, some relatively creative, and a couple of pretty rare ones like cutting an entangled manatee free from a fishing net.
Know someone who still doesn’t carry a knife every day? Use this list to point out how valuable an EDC can be.
- Use it as a measuring tool when you don’t have a ruler
- Sharpen a pencil
- Celebrate your New Year’s Resolution accomplishment by punching a new hole in your belt
- Pop stubborn dead batteries out of gadget compartments
- Cut parachute cord free when you’re hung up
- Release a pack string when your mules are tangled
- Cut rope out of the propeller on your fishing boat
- Build a fire
- Cut seat belts in an emergency
- Clean your fingernails
- Open mail
- Open a bulletproof bag of chips
- Free a baby manatee from a fishing net
As usual, I am not going to share a complete list. You are going to need to check it out for yourself.
But it got me thinking. I have done 16 of the 24 items on the list, the most unusual of which being actually cutting a seatbelt with a Spyderco Rescue in my firefighting days. I use my EDC to clean my fingernails and cut food all the time (cleaning it beforehand obviously). I have made fires many times, though never in an emergency. I have never had the need to free an animal, manatee or otherwise.
How many have you done? What did they miss with their list? What tasks do you do most often with your EDC?