Most people know what a pocket knife is but believe it’s a tool kept in the junk drawer. That’s not true. These tools are useful in many everyday situations. Their sleek design makes them easy to carry around in your pocket and backpack. You’ll hardly know the pocket knife is there. Continue reading to check out the reasons to carry a pocket knife with you.

For Recreational Use

Many recreational activities are more enjoyable when you have a pocket knife handy. Fishermen and hunters carry knives because they can easily handle tough tasks. You can cut fishing line, prepare an animal hide, whittle a stick, cut small branches, prepare bait, remove hooks, and more. It’s important to clean the pocket knife properly after each recreational use. It will extend the life of your pocket knife and ensure it’s ready to go for the next outdoor adventure.

Survival and Emergency Preparedness

A pocket knife is a great thing to have while camping in case of an emergency or survival situation. It can easily cut a rope, remove a splinter, carve utensils, cut kindling, build a shelter, and so much more. The pocket knife can also help you peel fruit. Simply hold the fruit in your nondominant hand and slice it with the knife. Pull away the peel and enjoy the delicious food.

Pocket knives have tools to help you open canned goods as well. You never know when you’ll need to pull out the knife to help you survive.

It is also essential to remember that if one of the primary reasons you carry a pocket knife is for survival and emergencies, it is important to make sure your knife is durable. When making your choice, make sure you consider durability factors such as the knife handle material, the metal used for the blade, and any other aspects of the knife that might not withstand the rough wear and tear of emergencies. “

Everyday Carry

Everyday carry (EDC) means you bring the knife with you every day. You’ll find there are plenty of opportunities to utilize a pocket knife during your daily routine. Do you need to remove a string on your shirt? Pull out the pocket knife. Are you having difficulty opening up a recent delivery? The pocket knife will help open boxes, letters, and other packages.

A pocket knife is one of the everyday items a man should have on him. They’re great gifts to pass down through generations and create a family heirloom. They never go out of style and always come in handy. If you’re looking to pick up a new one, find the pocket knife with the most features you’ll utilize. You can easily slip it into your pocket and pull it out when you need it.


A pocket knife is great to have on hand for self-defense reasons. It might not do much damage, but in the moment, it can get you out of a sticky situation if needed. Take a self-defense class to understand how to use the pocket knife properly in a less-than-ideal circumstance.

Now that you understand the reasons to carry a pocket knife, it’s time to find the right one. Ensure it fits comfortably in your hand and pocket. Avoid anything too bulky. You may want to go into an outdoor shop to take a look at a few different styles and hold them in your hand. This step will help you decide and find the perfect pocket knife.

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Dianne Pajo

Dianne Pajo is a writer based out of the Chicagoland area with a passion for music, combat sports, and animals. She enjoys competing in amateur boxing and kickboxing, but in her other leisure time, you can find her performing music around the city. She is also a dog mom of 2.