If you are reading these lines, then you are most likely carrying a knife. How and why you have a knife with you – your personal business. Maybe it is a question of religion, or a subtle world view, or simply you consciously approach the issue of your readiness for everyday affairs, problems and possible threats, or you just are well aware of all your possibilities with and without a knife.
In any case, you have a knife in your pocket (on the belt, on the neck, behind the boot boot), and you probably thought to take with you a spare knife, smaller (and maybe bigger), more utilitarian, suitable for tasks that difficult to carry out with the main knife.
Here are our 5 tips to choose the right spare knife:
1. The knife should not scare people
Even a modest folding knife no more than 10 cm in length can cause oblique views of colleagues at work. They can even run and complain to you in the personnel department, like a maniac with a hatchet. It happens. And you just wanted to open a letter to them.
Yes, the knifemakers will say that they don’t give a shit, who and what thinks that they can pull the machete out of their pants pockets to cut the bread. However, a spare knife must meet the tasks assigned to it. This is a spare knife, not the main one. Use something simple for everyday tasks.
2. “Does anyone have a knife here?”
If you always have a knife with you, then this phrase is painfully familiar to you. It doesn’t matter where you are – among friends or colleagues at work, the moment will come when you need a knife, and only you have it. And this does not mean that they will just cut something. Perhaps your knife will pick or unscrew.
Agree, in this case, give these vandals your main blade – the toad will strangle. Therefore, a spare knife, quite sharp and simple, will help out.
3. The right knife for specific tasks
Choose something relatively versatile as a spare knife. Ideally, a spare knife should complement the functionality of the main knife. Everyone understands that there is no perfect blade. You can chop bushes with a huge cleaver, but sharpening a pencil is problematic. This is if to exaggerate.
When choosing a spare knife, be guided by EDC and everyday tasks: cut something, pick up, sharpen, break glass, and so on.
4. Two knives are one, and one knife is nothing.
If you are an absent-minded or forgetful person, then you should keep both knives within reach. It happens that you have one knife in the box with the tools in the garage, and the second is lying in the car. Or do you carry a simple folding bag in your pocket, and the hatchet is in your anxious little suitcase?
There may be such a situation that as a result of some kind of disasters or turmoil you will not be able to get to your main storage and take its contents. Then you really appreciate the fact that the spare knife is with you.
5. Learn knives
Each knife manufacturer, like each knife, has its own subtleties. When you have a spare knife, you get the opportunity to compare which one and which makes it better or worse.
Do not get hung up on one thing. Choose a pair that will complement each other. In parallel with this, you will study the features of different knives and blades, in the process learning how to use them better and more efficiently.
A very loose translation of the article Thinking of Carrying a Back-up Knife? Here are 5 Things You Need to Know