Since the first time I got my hands on a pocketknife, I knew I needed to have one of my own. I was just a kid during that time, and an older relative let me hold his pocketknife for a while. Needless to say, I thought it was the coolest thing I had ever seen to that date. Of course, now that I am no longer a kid, the coolness factor is not the most important anymore. There are many reasons why I love pocketknives to this day, and why I often carry one around with me.
First of all, any pocketknife counts as a handy multitool. There are many things we can do as humans, such as chew things, break things or rip things, but if there is one thing our hands, teeth, and muscles are not good at, this must be cutting things. This is where a pocketknife comes to the rescue. You can use one to open boxes, to cut envelopes, to reach the nutritious content of food cans when you are in the wild, and many other things.
Frankly, over the years, I have used my pocketknives for all kinds of things that I think I would feel uneasy without one in my pocket. You can even use a pocketknife to trim clothes or make another hole in your belt, in case you need it and there is no other, better tool around.
However, and I want to draw attention to this particular aspect, you should never use your pocketknife as a weapon. You may feel tempted to think that given that pocketknives are perfect for outdoor adventures, you could face a wild animal with your pocketknife. I never suggest doing this, since a pocketknife is not a good fit as a weapon, and your best bet would be to run away from a best than face it.
I even use my pocketknives when I have to make small repairs, and there is no screwdriver in sight. A small toolbox may come more in handy, but, let’s be honest, that is hardly an option. On the other hand, a pocketknife can easily be carried around, and that cannot be beaten by any other tool. How many people carry a screwdriver around? That is exactly what I am talking about.
What I can recommend after an entire life of buying and using pocketknives is going for a smaller model that folds and easily fits in your backpack or your pocket. Since using one such item as a weapon is out of the question, in my opinion, you should aim for portability and convenience most and foremost. This way, you can make the best out of carrying around a pocketknife.