I carry a BK-14 and a Victorinox Alox Electrician in a pocket sheath at all times.
The SAK is more gentlemanly and inoffensive
The BK14 is just an amazing workhorse.
A serrated Spyderco Salt 2 is always IWB, for any cordage, fibrous, or corrosive environments (pool / driveway salt bags...
Cheapest solution is the serrated Dexter Russell 3.5" net knife.
I've also used my Spyderco Salt2 for a lime in the guac and then used it as the best steak knife I've ever used....
It's a great folding option.
Becker BK-14 is my dependable daily companion
But an underrated knife is the Benchmade Azeria. It has a great cant to the handle angle and it makes it super utilitarian with the Wharncliffe blade shape.
Also consider looking for Bird and Trout type blades. They are often in this size range...
I think a Spyderco Salt worn IWB with a deep pocket clip is ideal for a young woman.
Their clothes don't have pockets like most men do and you can wear a lightweight, rustproof Salt knife IWB in shorts, yoga pants, jogging pants, scrubs, a suit, etc.
Pick your bladeshape - Salt 2, Tasman...
I carry an ALOX SAK Electrician for use in sensitive company or the office.
It's a tame, gentleman's type slipjoint. (AMAZING little sheepsfoot blade and fantastic Awl...)
I also prefer knives around the 3" mark or shorter and actually prefer understated black blades
4"+, pointy, shiny...
I carry a BK-14 and an ALOX Vic Electrician in a pocket sheath, every day of my life.
Also have a Minichamp on my keychain, but it's mostly for scissors and other various little tools like the Philips, etc.
You're right about the potential charges and it is completely discretionary.
Our laws are vague as hell, no absolutes.
It's your responsibility to prove a negative... Even when they say it's a positive.
It's ripe for abuse.
Many of our laws and "Charter Rights" are....
When I used to travel, I routinely would be able to get by with just a fillet knife - but just not a super flexy one.
I prefer a 7" Dexter Russell with a bit of spine to it
A paring knife is also just about all you need as well, to get most kitchen / food prep jobs done
Now, I have added a...
- A SAK with features / tools that meets your regular uses
- A BK-14, Esee CR2.5 or Izula as a daily carry fixed blade
- A serrated H1 Spyderco Salt 2 IWB
- Kershaw Camp 10 (chopper / small machete / kukuri)
- Mora Companion as a pack / backup blade or even primary woods knife
1095cv for fixed blade daily carry
Serrated H1 for EDC on-body folders
Sandvik stainless for Moras and opinels. 4116 also works for camping / travel food prep chores
I have an S90v slipjoint "travel knife", so I wont have to worry about sharpening it when I'm away from my sharpening equipment.
To be honest, higher end knives don't excite me too much.
TOO nice and I'd be less inclined to use them, scuff them, scratch them or dull them.
I'm just to "practical". I appreciate niche geometries, more than exotic handles or bearing-smooth action.
I'll buy high-end steels for the...
Becker's tend to be a couple of Rockwell points harder than ESEE, which I believe tend to be 55-57
I prefer slightly harder than that, personally .
LOVE the Becker / Kabar 1095CV steel and hardness / performance, personally.
My EDC is that same sheath, a BK-14 and an ALOX Victorinox Electrician
It works in khakis, cargos, jeans, shorts and even a suit.
I've also used some bike inner tube sections around it and it serves as my wallet with cash and cards easily accessible.
Best EDC setup ever!
There were a batch of old Camillus BK-11's that were extremely poorly ground and also had the tips rounded off.
You could have one of those...
But I've taken one of those and put an amazing 20° convex edge on it within :07 - :10 mins on a Worksharp belt sharpener.
I also use this edge...