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    I have a Gerber Dime too! The tweezers, scissors and bottle opener see the most use, and it's tiny enough to fit into even my smallest handbag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cristina View Post
    I too often wonder at the prevalence of (large, heavy) pocketknives in the EDC world. Like, are you going to skin a deer on your lunch break? If not, maybe leave that thing at home, bro. Also most of those would be illegal to carry here in the U.K.

    Hi.. I carry a large 4" folding knife (usually a 4" blade Spyderco) clipped to my inside front pocket, every day.. along with a multi tool (Leatherman or a swiss army knife) inside my front pocket as well. Not to skin a deer, but for cutting various things .. finally a knife is my last source of self defense if need be.

    Folding knives these days are very light and very versatile.
    Plus, I work on a river boat, and a good knife is nearly mandatory.

    In the U.S. we are allowed to carry these tools, so they are very common to see. Knife discussion is huge on every social media site related to EDC, self defense, hunting, etc.

    DS

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    I am a knife collector, as I am also a bag connoisseur. I mostly carry a pocket knife out of the enjoyment of it, but I often use it for opening packages and cutting fruit or sandwiches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dsonyay View Post
    Hi.. I carry a large 4" folding knife (usually a 4" blade Spyderco) clipped to my inside front pocket, every day.. along with a multi tool (Leatherman or a swiss army knife) inside my front pocket as well. Not to skin a deer, but for cutting various things .. finally a knife is my last source of self defense if need be.

    Folding knives these days are very light and very versatile.
    Plus, I work on a river boat, and a good knife is nearly mandatory.

    In the U.S. we are allowed to carry these tools, so they are very common to see. Knife discussion is huge on every social media site related to EDC, self defense, hunting, etc.

    DS
    I would love to hear more about working on a river boat! What do you do there?

    I am actually American and I used to carry a Leatherman Pulse there, especially when I worked backstage (it stays at home now). I have been a bit put off the EDC forums/sites because they can be quite gun/knife focused and that's not for me. I was always into the tool aspect of it rather than the knife aspect, though like anyone else, I do need to break down cardboard boxes from time to time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cristina View Post
    I would love to hear more about working on a river boat! What do you do there?

    I have been a bit put off the EDC forums/sites because they can be quite gun/knife focused ...
    Cristina..
    I work fo US Army Corps of Engineers. My background is meteorology/oceanography. Spent 20 years with US Navy (retired Chief Petty Officer) doing all sorts of forecasting, oceanographic work, and hydrography.

    I'm now with the Corps as a civilian employee, doing strictly hydrographic work on the Mississippi River between Baton Rouge and New Orleans La.

    I work just about every day (Mon-Thurs, 4 ten hour days) on a 65 foot survey boat, outfitted with special sonar gear (survey grade) and side scan sonar. We are tasked with ensuring safe navigable waters for deep draft vessels.

    So because of the work environment, a high quality knife if necessary. Some people carry cheapo stuff but I find a good quality knife is worth its weight in TB bags. Wink

    I agree, most EDC forums are heavily gun and knife weighted, but it's kinda natural, since hand guns and knives are very much an edc item for so many (in this country).

    I carry a zippo as well.. mostly because I like fidgeting with it, but on occasion I end up cutting some line at work and need to burn the ends.

    I'll PM you my Instagram page.. I post some boat pics quite a bit. You might like them

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    Thank you everyone for sharing your reasons with me. I found my Leatherman in the car yesterday, (my son was using it for whittling), so I popped it into my bag. Now, let's see if I actually remember I have it when I need it (and take it out before traveling)!

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    A suggestion if you're mostly using a blade to open boxes: get one of the cheap, narrow box-cutters that's only a bit larger than a pen, and snap off all but the bottom 2 or 3 blades.

    * It's there for box-cutting or emergency knife use.
    * It's only a few dollars so it doesn't matter if it's confiscated at an airport.
    * It's far less likely to trigger laws about offensive weapons in those countries that care about such things.
    * It's probably bright-coloured enough to find when you need it. Smilie

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    I have found the implement below very effective at cutting tape on boxes and opening plastic food packets, as well as its originally intended use which was cutting and eating fruit. It was a giveaway in a pack of kiwifruit.

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    A30 in original halcyon/wasabi. Side Kick in verde/northwest sky and cloud/viridian, Pop Tote in Mars Red and Nebulous Grey, Travel Cubelet in Mars Red, Viridian and Grass, A30 packing cube backpack in northwest sky, large travel tray in sitka, packing cubes, pouches and cubelets

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    When I was a boy, my step-father said to me that I should always have a piece of string, a box of matches, a last ditch fiver and, yes, a penknife. Over the years, my EDC has varied, but usually ended up with a gas lighter, a bit of paracord wound in to some sort of lanyard or fob and two £5 coins. The coins are rare, unusual and actually worth more than their face value so make a perfect ‘last ditch’ reserve. The pen knife part has varied. For many years I carried one of a number of small 1.5” to 4” bladed locking knives depending on what I was doing. Nothing ‘tactical’ and no assisted openers etc. About 20 years ago I got a Leatherman Wave multitool and started carrying that almost everyday unless there was a pressing need for something less imposing or more specialised. However, knife rules in the UK have become ver strict - no blades more than 3” long and nothing that locks open. This has been a problem as I’ve always favoured blades that lock as they are safer to use and also generally easier to open as they have lighter springs. I kept using my Leatherman as it’s blades are only 2” long. However, they lock! I recently received a friendly warning that it was illegal to carry it in a public place and that a second conviction carried a mandatory prison sentence! So I looked around for a better solution and found two things, Swiss Army Knives and also beautiful, traditional knives, handmade in Sheffield England. I now find myself carrying a SAK in my bag or briefcase and a handmade knife in a pocket or on my belt.

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    I was told a similar thing decades ago... always have a good knife and a handkerchief.

    Spyderco makes some nice UK friendly pocket knives... the Roadie is one, and the UK Pen Knife

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    Quote Originally Posted by dsonyay View Post
    Cristina..
    I work fo US Army Corps of Engineers. My background is meteorology/oceanography. Spent 20 years with US Navy (retired Chief Petty Officer) doing all sorts of forecasting, oceanographic work, and hydrography.

    I'm now with the Corps as a civilian employee, doing strictly hydrographic work on the Mississippi River between Baton Rouge and New Orleans La.

    I work just about every day (Mon-Thurs, 4 ten hour days) on a 65 foot survey boat, outfitted with special sonar gear (survey grade) and side scan sonar. We are tasked with ensuring safe navigable waters for deep draft vessels.

    So because of the work environment, a high quality knife if necessary. Some people carry cheapo stuff but I find a good quality knife is worth its weight in TB bags. Wink

    I agree, most EDC forums are heavily gun and knife weighted, but it's kinda natural, since hand guns and knives are very much an edc item for so many (in this country).

    I carry a zippo as well.. mostly because I like fidgeting with it, but on occasion I end up cutting some line at work and need to burn the ends.

    I'll PM you my Instagram page.. I post some boat pics quite a bit. You might like them
    If your TB stuff ever comes on the boat with you, please post pics in the 'Where did your TB bag go lately?' thread, I am sure I am not the only one who would love to see your work environment.

    I admit I had to look up hydrography because I didn't know what I meant, but the NOAA website was very helpful. Hydrography, oceanography and meteorology sound like really interesting, meaningful work. Has the work changed a lot in the time you've been doing it?

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    The theory hasn't, but the ease of acquiring data, processing, and managing data has become so much better due to internet, computing improvements, and modeling. The equipment we use for hydrography is so much better compared to ten years ago.. and precision measurements, using highly accurate gps systems gets better every year. Smilie

    I'll be sure to post pics from the field! Thanks. Smilie

    David

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fat Crip View Post
    About 20 years ago I got a Leatherman Wave multitool and started carrying that almost everyday unless there was a pressing need for something less imposing or more specialised. However, knife rules in the UK have become ver strict - no blades more than 3” long and nothing that locks open. This has been a problem as I’ve always favoured blades that lock as they are safer to use and also generally easier to open as they have lighter springs. I kept using my Leatherman as it’s blades are only 2” long. However, they lock! I recently received a friendly warning that it was illegal to carry it in a public place and that a second conviction carried a mandatory prison sentence!
    Wow - I had no idea about this. I don't travel with my Leatherman but I had no idea the rules were so strict!

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    Fat Crip, thanks for the reminder about UK knife laws. I usually travel on the continent, and carry a Swiss Army "Picknicker" knife, which locks. I sometimes also carry a Leatherman in my suitcase, but again, it locks. I'll make sure neither goes to the UK. Before there was a Leatherman company, I used to carry a small pair of "ignition" pliers (about 4" long, and fairly light). Maybe I'll have to go back to that.

    At home, I carry a Swiss Army Knife "Executive" or their small pen knife. If the latter, it usually goes in a pocket, and anything else goes in my Imago or Ristretto.

    when I was younger, I carried a larger pocket knife or leatherman in my pocket every day, but now I find them too bulky, so only carry them around the house when I am fixing stuff.

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    It’s gone mad here. The powers that be are up in arms because knife crime is at what they consider ‘epidemic’ levels. 67 deaths last year, but I doubt any of them were perpetrated with a Leatherman or a Swiss Army Knife! Most were with cheap, readily available kitchen knives. But getting found with a lock knife, even an innocuous Leatherman, will land you in very serious trouble. However, things like the Leatherman Squirt or any of the 91mm, 89mm, 78mm or 58mm Swiss Army knives are fine almost everywhere so long as you handle them responsibly. Wave a Swiss Army Classic SD offensively in a school and don’t be surprised if you garner attention from the police, but open your letters with a Swiss Army Climber or Pioneer and you’ll be fine. Oh, and of course, if you’re flying, even the smallest knives must go in your checked bag....not that I’ve checked a bag in a dozen years - since I got my Aeronaut!

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