One question that always intrigues me is what kind of knife people carry? I normally always carry at least three knifes. They consist of a Leatherman Wave, an older Gerber multi tools and a Spyderco.
I have been carrying the Spyderco since about 1991 and I use it almost every day. Out of the three knifes this is the one that gets the most use. The one I am carrying, I believe to be an early model of the one they now sell as the Endura with a 2 1/2 inch serrated blade. The serrated blade has proved to be surprisingly easy to keep sharpened. I sharpen it with an old Tri-Angle Sharpmaker by Spyderco, this is probably close to 30 years old. Spyderco still sells a version of it.
The Gerber Multi tool is also from the early 1990’s. It is called the ‘multi-plier and has blunt nosed pliers. It is a good tool and has held up well over the years. The Leatherman Wave is about 10 years old. You might wonder why I carry two multi tools, but it always seems like I need two to hold a bolt on both ends. I have been quite happy with the Leatherman Wave and have found the tools to hold up well.
Surprisingly I still have both of the original sheaths and am still using them. All three have turned out to be quality tools and worth what I paid for them.
I am asked occasionally why I carry all three, but I find they complement each other. Between them, I usually have the tool I need, whether it is a knife blade, a small saw, a pair of pliers or a screwdriver. I like the difference in the plier styles between the Gerber and the Leatherman. When one won’t work, the other usually will.
There are hundreds of different styles and sizes of knifes on the market in all price ranges. With the exception of some of the foreign made knifes, most of them will hold up well and do what they are designed to do. Pick a good knife; take care of it, keep it sharp and it will last you for many years.
Let us know what knifes you carry?