I have seen your EDC (Every Day Carry) photos and I know that many of you carry some form of a pocket knife. As much as I’ve always wanted to carry and use a really cool knife for all things McGuyver, it just isn’t in me to rely on any one tool in that way.
The knives in the photo above? I use three of them for sharpening pencils. Of the three, the Exacto with the curved blade sees the most use because that blade is just super suited for whittling pencils. I found it at a flea market for $5. I thought it was old, but I’ve since seen them for sale at Blick. They sell for about $10 and you can get all kinds of different blades for it. This knife typically stays at home.
I’ve had this knife for almost 20 years and it rarely gets used. When I worked for The Camera Shop in the early 90’s, Nikon ran a program for sales associates where we received all kinds of Nikon branded swag. This Buck knife was one of the more interesting offerings. It came with a little nylon case with “Nikon” embroidered on it.
I took this knife on my first ever camping trip in 1996 when we camped on the beach with the wild ponies on Asseteague Island in Maryland. When we stopped at the grocery store for supplies, my friends laughed at me for buying a giant watermelon, but once we set up camp in the sweltering sun, the knife came in pretty handy to carve up that melon. I put the pieces in plastic baggies under a bag of ice in our cooler and we enjoyed eating them all weekend long.
This is a tiny Buck knife I also use for sharpening pencils. This is my traveling knife. I like it because it fits nicely in any of my pencil boxes.
This is the big version of my travel box, I have a smaller version as well. They are from the tool department at Home Depot and are super affordable. The box houses a variety of drawing pencils, including all my “shorties.” (When my colored pencils get small, I replace them and put them in this box.)
While there a variety of pencils in the box, my favorites are the Uni Hi graphite pencils, Derwent drawing pencils, and Prismacolor colored pencils.
Which are are your favorite pocket knives and why? How long have you carried a pocket knife?