I know people come here looking for pretty pictures, but humor me for a moment…
We’re living in tumultuous times, it looks like there’s more tumult to come, and I’m seeing zero talk of how one gets themselves and their people though the tumult with as little harm done as possible (other than ridiculous prepper type stuff). So, I’ve decided to start that conversation. Previous posts looked at the need for a small light- especially since we’re entering the dark days of winter, and what a tiny first aid kit might look like. Today’s post is on options for a small knife.
Before actually carrying a knife around please look at your local laws as well as any workplace or school rules that might govern such things.
There’s a myriad of reasons for carry a small knife with you. I’ve carried a Swiss Army Knife almost every day since the mid-1980’s and use mine all the time. Mostly it’s using the scissors on a fingernail or string, opening a box or letter, or helping with food prep, but almost every day it gets used for something.
With COVID and with things not being as stable and predictable as they used to be we need to be a little more self reliant. That might mean packing food from home instead of buying while you’re doing your outandabouting and needing something to chop up an apple or slice open a bagel, or that could mean limiting your exposure to COVID by not having to ask around if a coworker has a knife or scissors and not sharing things.
So, let’s look at a few options here:
Top knife is a small “hunting” style knife. And even though the blade is about the same length of a bigger paring knife, it might look a little odd pulling it out at work or school. But, if your outandabouting takes you to a state or city park and might want something a little more stout than a Swiss Army or a paring knife, something like this is a good option. That knife is about 30 years old, has helped prep a lot of food, and helped start a lot of camp fires; it’s still going strong. It would also do fine cleaning and dressing any but the largest fish you might catch and goes right though heavy cardboard. You can get something like that for $30-60. So, it’s a pretty good investment.
Next up we have two standard pocket knives. Not as sturdy or capable as the hunting knife, but absolutely fine for life in the city and suburbs, and wont raise eyebrows like the hunting knife will. As the name suggests, it’s also easy to carry around with you. The Swiss Army’s various attachments work well, I love the scissors, but the can opener does take a little practice to get it to work well. Both of those knives are fairly inexpensive and are several years old, so again, you don’t have to spend a ton of money to have something like this.
Bottom knife is a standard paring knife with a plastic sheath, I bought as a set of 3 for $15 at a big box store several years ago. The knife is small and weighs nothing, so it’s easy to slip into a messenger bag, pack, or purse. As you would expect, it works great for any food prep you might have to do, but also does great at opening letters, and boxes as long as you don’t have to cut though heavy cardboard.
Whatever you get please get something that either folds or comes with a securely locking sheath as even a small blade floating around unprotected is unsafe.
There’s been a focus on “military style” knives and other equipment lately. These style of knives are rarely better at tasks of daily living than the styles of knives that have been used for those tasks for 100’s of years. Also, in tumultuous times anything that stands out like military style knives do is probably best avoided.