I won’t tell you where I was. Well, ok, I will. I was at a church, sitting on a committee in a library, waiting for the meeting to start. I saved the mail from the church for that meeting, and so I was opening it at a conference table. I pulled the knife my daughter gave me for Christmas out, to open the envelopes. This knife opens by hand and I wasn’t thinking about it, I just opened it. And I got stares. Non-verbal questioning of why I would carry a knife. And this knife is a fish.
This was my first knife.
I was a Cub Scout, got my whittling badge (I carved a bird) and was allowed to carry this knife when I wasn’t in school. Eight years old, I think. I upgraded, but I carried a knife all through high school. I worked in a deli and used the knife constantly. I lived in a car, and used the knife even more there. There was no pause ever given by anyone. Everyone assumed that I knew what I was doing, that I was of sound mind, and that was that. I get it, it isn’t that way now – we do not assume trustworthiness. Not sure which way is better. There is an argument for both.
I carry two knives mostly. The fish knife is my work day knife because it reminds me of Gramercy (my daughter), it fits in my pocket, and it has the social lubricant of being a fish so when I take it out to open an Amazon box less people run in fear than they normally would. On weekends, I carry this:
I live in New York, where carrying a pocket knife with a spring blade is not legal. As an aside, there really is no need for a spring blade. Not with that thumb hole you see there. If you are willing to spend four minutes training that thumb hole is so easy to learn, it is maybe .35 seconds longer to open, and if you are in a situation where .35 seconds matters with a knife all is probably lost anyway.
Someone gave me an Opinel once, because I was “studying” French wine and this is a French knive. She had good intentions. I am not sure I did, as I remember, but that’s another post. Opinel knives look very sophisticated. Very French. To secure the blade you slide that round cylinder up the handle and it wraps the base of the blade the way an Ace bandage used to wrap your knee. Just as firmly as an Ace bandage too, it turns out. Knives are one of those things where form isn’t in the same discussion as function. I have seen steadier sails on boats. Hard pass.
This Gerber knife is less than two inches long folded, and is really easy on the pocket. For the life of me I do not understand how people carry these larger knives in their trousers. I have never even tried a Swiss Army knife for that reason alone. Carrying a pocket knife period is fraught enough without the unfortunate optics of checking ll the time to see if any one of umpteen blades are open. Where are Mickey’s hands at 6:30? Right.
Curious – do you carry a pocket knife? What do you use it for?