EDC Blades?

I received my first blade [not pictured] from my uncle. It was the Swiss Army Classic SD.  I remember being so proud of this new possession, I engraved my initials on it.  I didn’t wait long to take it to my 1st grade classroom to show it off to my classmates and was ignorant how offensive this tool was.   It was taken away from me and placed in the “June Box.”  Named so because all of it’s contents would not be returned until the end of the year — and it was only November…

I didn’t get my knife back that year because I had forgotten all about it. I did remember seven years later and wrote her a nice note inquiring if she still possessed this blade.  Surprisingly, she did!  It was nice getting my knife first back, but couldn’t tell you where it’s at now.  For now, I have a newer Classic SD on my key chain I received from my employer for Christmas.

I think back on this and wonder how lucky I was to avoid expulsion…

I received the Swiss Army Camper from another uncle for Christmas in 1997.  I cut my thumb leaving a scar on my thumb that day.  Despite that, it was used prominently for scouting and was briefly stolen until it was returned to me.

I bought the MiniBuck for my first year at Camp Royaneh in 1998.  I just had to have it.

The Mini-Griptilian was unintentional.  I had bought it to gift it to someone who really liked knives.  After extensive research, I bought that model for the axis lock.  Once I received it in the mail in 2003, I liked it so much, I kept it for myself.  I broke the blade tip torquing a cylinder lock.

I bought the Griptilian HGS sometime in 2006 to replace the Mini-Griptilian.  With it, I’ve cracked open crabs, gutted fish, open beer bottles, cut tinder, start fires, etc.  Despite it’s heavy use, it continues to reliably lock and in use today.  I thought I had lost it, but eventually found it buried under some holsters.  Lucky me!  Can’t blame me for buying another one.

Benchmade Griptilian > all folders.

I have many other blades, but the above are knives that have had prominent use.

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11 Comments on “EDC Blades?”

  1. Phil
    June 13, 2011 at 4:19 pm #

    Very cool…I wonder if this is coincidental to my FB posting my daughter getting her first knife today? ;)

    • June 13, 2011 at 4:22 pm #

      Not completely coincidental. ;)

      I’m sure she’ll remember hers for years to come. I assume she knows better to not lose it like I did. haha.

  2. 18echo
    June 14, 2011 at 8:05 am #

    My wife asked once.
    Q: “Why do you need so many knives?”
    A: “I don’ understand the question.”

    We were about to start a class at the gun club and just for grins someone asked “How many people here have a knife on them” Pretty much every hand went up. So. “How many have more than one knife on them?” More than half the room..

    Besides a little buck knife that is always in my pocket, I carry a SOG Trident as my EDC knife. Cheap enough that I’m not afraid to use it for everything, but expensive enough that it’s not “cheap”. Love the assisted opening and the arc lock. If I’m wearing my vest, then there is a camillus rescue “heat” in there somewhere too.

    Now, my wife (she is an ER doc ) uses her camillus nightly instead of ER shears, carries a Trident of her own and a small buck ‘leaf’

    No more questions about “why so many” now I just have to keep her out of mine.

    • June 14, 2011 at 12:22 pm #

      Awesome! A question that answered itself over time. =)

      Camillus > ER shears. No doubt.

      • 18echo
        June 14, 2011 at 8:24 pm #

        Every, and I mean every, nurse that see’s the Camillus in action asks her where to get one. Of course the answer is “you can’t” (well E-BAY..) Funny thing is that BOTAC was practically giving them away ($20) for the longest of times. I bought a bunch of them and gave them to people I care about. They are special purpose, but man do they do that job well..

  3. June 14, 2011 at 7:56 pm #

    A long, long time ago, Zeke’s mom asked if anyone had a pocketknife on them…in the middle of a bunch of forestry students. You should have seen all the steel that came out of pockets. (That was at Mizzou.) Today’s forestry students at SIUC in Carbondale are mostly from Chicagoland, and hardly any of them ever have a knife in their pockets. Different world.

    • June 16, 2011 at 6:47 pm #

      Different world, indeed. I know very few people who bother to carry anything other than their phone, wallet, and keys.

  4. June 19, 2011 at 8:12 pm #

    Knives are like holsters: Get a few, and I swear the suckers breed and multiply on their own…

    My everyday carry knife is a CRKT Pazoda. I like it ’cause it doesn’t poke up any knifey parts above the pants pocket. All the casual observer sees is a clip on the outside of my pocket, which could be just a pen.

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