IT ALL COMES DOWN TO PRE­PARED­NESS

Knives Illustrated - - Locked On - STORY AND PHOTO BY JOSHUA SWANAGON

“WHEN I THINK OF EDC KNIVES, I LIKE TO CON­SIDER THE TYPES OF FUNC­TIONS THEY MIGHT NEED TO PER­FORM.”

Icarry what I need.

When I think of EDC in gen­eral, I try to con­sider the es­sen­tials of ev­ery­day life and the pos­si­bil­i­ties that can arise in any given sit­u­a­tion. When I am putting to­gether my per­sonal, small EDC day pack, I try to en­sure that I have the es­sen­tials—wa­ter, fire, shel­ter and es­sen­tial tools—cov­ered.

When I think of EDC knives, I like to con­sider the types of func­tions they might need to per­form. How­ever, I may be one of those who goes a lit­tle over­board some­times. In fact, I have heard my brother say that I look like Mad Max go­ing into Barter­town, pulling out item af­ter item. But I am the type who would rather have it and not need it, than need it and not have it. I have found my­self in sit­u­a­tions in life where I was kick­ing my­self for not grab­bing some­thing on my way out the door, think­ing I wouldn’t need it, and then find­ing that I did. And I had no­body to blame but my­self.

With that said, I like to con­sider my knife and edged tool selec­tion in the same way I con­sider any gen­eral EDC op­tions: I like to cover my bases. One item you will al­ways find on my per­son is my Swiss Army knife. It is the quin­tes­sen­tial pocket tool and mine sees a lot of use. I also like to al­ways have a pocket, clip knife. Some­thing I can ac­cess eas­ily, that has a bit of a more ro­bust blade for more se­ri­ous tasks than the blade on a Swiss Army knife would be ac­cus­tomed to, but is also quick and easy to draw in a sur­vival or self-de­fense sit­u­a­tion. Fi­nally, I typ­i­cally like some kind of fixed-blade knife, for even heav­ier duty chores that I wouldn’t want to put a folder through. As an ad­di­tion, at times I will have a multi-tool for more ex­panded op­tions.

Some­thing im­por­tant to point out is to use the knives you carry, even if, in your mind, they are ded­i­cated for self-de­fense. It is eas­ier to con­vince law en­force­ment that it is a tool if it looks like it is used as such on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. If it is clean and un­used, they will be less likely to be­lieve it is meant as a tool.

Stay sharp and keep it real. KI

The Ker­shaw Concierge lends it­self to a great EDC op­tion, due to its af­ford­able pric­ing, 8CR13MOV high car­bon stain­less steel, G-10 han­dle scales and a 3.25-inch blade – which is le­gal in al­most all mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties.

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