Monday, June 24, 2013

Everyday Pocket Knives

A wise older gentleman once told me that "if a man does not have a knife in his pocket, then there is something wrong with him." It may sound brash, but he himself grew up in a different era, where it was indeed considered abnormal for a man to neglect to carry a pocket knife, and those 18 little words will stick with me for the rest of my life nevertheless. He himself has carried a svelte Gerber for several decades, and credits the little folder's unobtrusive nature as his reason for doing so. 

The knives shown in the photograph above are also relatively unassuming, manageable, and ideal for everyday carry as they share the commonality of being the antithesis of cumbersome and bulky. They are, starting from left to right: A Case XX Peanut Bonestag, a Kershaw 3000A, and a standard (non-MacGyver sized) Swiss Army knife equipped with two blades (one large, one small), a bottle opener, a can opener, a corkscrew etc. The case knife is certainly a classic, and it is a piece you would have seen more regularly in the 1950s, whereas the Kershaw is a much more modern cutting utensil. 

The Swiss Army knife, on the other hand, is ageless. It is a handy tool that remains fixed in time, meaning that it will never be viewed as obsolete, and it will perpetually remain an essential accessory of the Alpha Male. Having a Swiss Army knife in your pocket will assist you in performing an infinite number of tasks. For example, it is always nice to have a bottle opener at the ready, in order to pop the top off of that first Guinness of the day, or other premium beer of your choosing, that does not have a twist off top, after a long hard day at the job. Moreover, nothing will make you appear more manly to the ladies than  being the only guy at the party who can pull the cork out of a wine bottle, because you happen to have a corkscrew on your Swiss Army knife. Furthermore, you never know when you will be needing a blade handy either. A good friend of mine told me he witnessed a man open a box with his keys just the other day! I hope you have enjoyed reading this article, and please feel free to comment on it! 

Till next time,