1. BladeForums has ZERO TOLERANCE for extremism or calls of violence. We request your assistance dealing with this as we do not want to see the site shut down due to violent threats. Please see this thread here in Tech Support: https://www.bladeforums.com/threads/bladeforums-has-a-zero-tolerance-policy-towards-threats-of-violence-extremism-be-warned.1769537/

How Many Is Too Many?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by jideta, Oct 28, 2020.

  1. jideta

    jideta Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 8, 2020
    Some of you pack some serious steel (check out the EDC thread).
    Personally, after two knives my pants start to hang down. Worse if I got shorts.
    I may pack a fixed and a folder, or two folders and small SAK, but some of you, well I don't know where you are headed out to.
    Knives, flashlights, pens, pry tools etc. seriously? and then there's the keychain!
    When did you say that's it! I gotta leave one home?
    How many is too many?
    The Zieg, Smaug and guy g like this.
  2. RealVendetta


    Sep 30, 2019
    When Im not at work. I pack a lot of stuff at work (flashlight, pry bar, knife, all the essentials, plus my open pocket often picks up allan keys or torx tools etc.) but when Im not at work I am most often in a more stripped down bare essentials carry setup.
    guy g likes this.
  3. sabre cat

    sabre cat Basic Member Basic Member

    Jul 4, 2014
    I’ve tried a few combinations.

    A Griptilian and a multi-tool was one. Nope.

    A fixed blade and multi-tool...nope.

    As much as I like the idea of EDC multi-tools with knives, it just does not work for me.

    Having a MT as a secondary item in my car or pack works perfectly.

    Out of everything I have tried, a SAK Cadet paired with something bigger seems to work the best.
    Like a Grip and Cadet for example. This offers me a slight addition in weight but offers a host of extra tools.

    A SAK Spartan also works for just a little more weight.
    kobold, Smaug, jideta and 3 others like this.
  4. bikerector

    bikerector KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Nov 16, 2016
    I carry a lot of gear in an EDC backpack that goes with me most places, but especially from home to work. That's where I keep my MT, tools, bigger notebooks, books, and notes on current projects, and I was carrying an IFAK for a while but I took that back off as I keep a medkit in my car, office, and home so there's one nearby most places already and then I carry the IFAK when I'm out in the woods. When I was filling in for production managers during COVID, the IFAK was part of my carry as I was in different places a lot more but now that I'm back at my normal routine, mostly, I feel comfortable without it.

    I found I didn't use the MT much when it was on my person and it was rarely needed immediately so it was just extra. Pen, flashlight, and knife are the main ones for me. When I'm at home, usually just a knife and I have SAK's staged all over the place and a few MT's mostly at my main work stations (workbench in the garage and basement and my main desk).

    My deciding factor in what I carry generally comes down to, "have I used this at all in the past week or month?" Or, "do I mind carrying the extra knife to fondle or have?" I often carry a couple knives because I like to and because I try to keep a dirty task/clean task knife around. Often, that's a 2-blade slipjoint.
    Smaug and guy g like this.
  5. skyhorse

    skyhorse Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 30, 2010
    I solved that problem years ago by using Perry suspenders, they're fantastic and made in the USA. I can carry a 1911 on my belt and a knife in every pocket. :)
    Lesknife, GB940Rookie, guy g and 4 others like this.
  6. jfk1110

    jfk1110 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 9, 2013
    I always have 2 folders and a fixed blade along with a Swiss army knife and.A.money clip which also has a.blade n scissors n a nail file. Add on a.pen.and.A.flashlight thank god Kitanica !makes pants with lotsa pockets! IMG_20201022_051039.jpg IMG_20200110_085004_kindlephoto-860822376.jpg
    Aryan29, Smaug, jideta and 2 others like this.
  7. Cowboyfromhell666


    May 13, 2019
    What makes me laugh is these folks who post up pics showing their pocket dump and most of the crap layed out on a designer hanky and everything is in mint condition and matches their outfit. Even funnier when they throw in a fidget spinner or yo-yo or brass doo-dad with a lanyard and beads....good grief!
  8. unwisefool

    unwisefool Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 22, 2007
    I usually just carry one knife I know can handle most tasks, usually a CRK umnumzaan. I have a small flashlight on my keychain and I'll sometimes put a slightly bigger flashlight in my watch pocket if I think I'll need it. I have a fixed blade and a Leatherman in the car if I really need them. I don't want to be carrying around a lot of junk unnecessarily and I don't wear clothes with a bunch of pockets all over them. It looks silly and gets in the way. I don't need 4 knives, 2 flashlights, a multitool and some pry bar thingy to run errands around town.
    kobold, Smaug, jideta and 4 others like this.
  9. Shorttime


    Oct 16, 2011
    I used to carry a pocket full of stuff: knife, flashlight, screwdrivers....

    As I got a little older, I started to have more confidence in my ability to deal with the randomness of the world, and I didn't feel like I "needed" as much in my pockets to help me do that. Part of it was growing out of the ADD a little, so I could plan ahead better. A cell phone, a working credit card, car keys and house keys go a long way to fix most of the first world problems I face, now.

    When I do bother to leave the house, it's mostly just wallet, keys, and a knife. If I think I'm going to need more, I grab the canvas ruck and toss it in the back seat. Good enough.
  10. braillediver

    braillediver Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 6, 2007
    Most of the time I wear a vest so there's 2 more pockets for things.
    000Robert, jideta and guy g like this.
  11. Keyman

    Keyman Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Mar 26, 2001
    Leatherman mini-tool
    guy g and Tyson A Wright like this.
  12. jux t

    jux t Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 10, 2018
    ~4 inch folder
    Small flashlight
    Keys with small key ring knife

    I’ll sometimes carry a larger fixed blade instead of a folder.
    Smaug and guy g like this.
  13. unwisefool

    unwisefool Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 22, 2007
    Like a fancy vest? Or a rugged outdoorsy one? Or a puffy vest like the one my wife got me that makes me feel like I'm wearing a cloud?
    guy g likes this.
  14. soc_monki

    soc_monki Basic Member Basic Member

    Apr 5, 2019
    I laugh about stuff like that with my wife all the time. I'll carry two knives, which are useful, but a mini pry bar... Nope. Flashlight? I have my phone. Hanky? Lol! I've got a Klein backpack full of tools in my car, and a bunch in my closet. If I need something I don't have I buy it. I don't need to carry tools on me.

    I have told her she needs to start making hanks and selling them. She'd make a killing!
    guy g likes this.
  15. DMG

    DMG Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 30, 2005
    Duplicate. Please delete.
  16. DMG

    DMG Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 30, 2005

    This is my at work pocket dump. Sometimes add a multitool. Usually not so many spare 10mm sockets. The tip has been broken off the HK/Benchmade and it has been reprofiled since the pic was taken.
    Zeroedin, Aryan29, jideta and 2 others like this.
  17. l1ranger

    l1ranger Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 27, 2017
    in my pockets - 2 knives. spyderco domino, kizer mini begleiter. ridge wallet and car keys. thats it.
    i carry a pack back and forth to work, and use otherwise as well that has useful stuff like flashlight, notepad, pens, measuring tape, etc.
    jideta likes this.
  18. Stelth


    Jul 15, 2007
    If you wind up on the show "Hoarders", because of your knife collection; that's too much.
    The Hawk, guy g and Alberta Ed like this.
  19. Whitedog

    Whitedog Basic Member Basic Member

    Dec 30, 2005
    Just 1 BM mini grip, keys, cell phone, billfold. That is enough to keep up with.
    Smaug and guy g like this.
  20. Hal


    Feb 26, 1999
    Flannel shirt - w/two pockets, bib overalls or jeans with a belt for a multi tool & a fixed blade, a couple knives per pocket, one or two in the boots and a neck knife...

    IIRC, my "high" for the total number I carried at once was 17...

    No - it's not an everyday thing, but, it was fun to do for the weekly drunk (also known as the weekly Sunday visit to my wife's parents' house ((& I defy anyone to deal with her side of the family sober...I dare you....)).
    EDC these days is usually two - and on rare occasions three.
    Nothing special these days - just whatever I happen to grab.

    Yesterday was an old Kershaw "Lever Lock" & a 4" bladed Lennox I picked up as a beater type work knife.
    guy g likes this.

Share This Page