To Carry a Pocket Knife or Not To Carry a Pocket Knife

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Should you carry a pocket knife? As previously mentioned, we at Knifeista think you should never leave the house without one. There are just too many situations where a knife is useful to let it collect dust at home. However, there are many people who aren’t so sure. And in reality, there are some cons to carrying a knife around in this post 9/11 world. As such, we put together this blog post to address the good side and the bad side of carrying a knife around. If you aren’t sure what to do with the knife your grandfather gave you, or if you’re considering buying one, you should know by the end of this post if carrying a knife is the right thing for you.


The primary reason that we carry knives are their usefulness. There are dozens of situations where you will be glad you had a knife with you.

Office or Store

If you work in an office or a store, you might think you’d never need a pocket knife. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. In an office or store you have boxes, crates, zip-ties, letter, and duct tape. Can you deal with all of these things without a sharp implement? Maybe. Will it be a whole lot quicker with a knife to open things? You know it will!

Food Prep

A chef’s knife is almost the sign of a chef. Why are we expected to eat on the go without our own trusty knife? A pocket knife can be used to cut apples, cheese, bread, vegetables, sausages, and the list goes on. In addition, food comes in all sorts of ridiculous packaging these days. You can try to open them with your hands if you want, but you know it doesn’t have to take this long to get at your food.

Finally, have you ever tried to cut your steak with a restaurant knife? Chances are the blade is as dull as a dictionary. If you keep your blade sharp and clean, you can be sure to have a cutting implement with you no matter what restaurant you go to.

Life Saving

A pocket knife can save a life. It really is as simple is that. If you’re ever attacked you will be glad you had a blade with you. And you will just feel safer walking through a dangerous neighborhood with a good knife in your pocket.

Beyond self defense situations, knives can help keep you alive in other ways. Need to make a fire? A knife can be used to cut wood and tinder as well as strike a spark. Injured? A knife can be used to relieve minor injuries like splinters or fashion bandages and splints in more extreme circumstances. Stuck in a crashed car? A knife can be used to break windows and cut off seat belts. The list goes on.

This is only a short list of useful things you can do with a knife. As soon as you start carrying a knife, you will wonder what you did in life without one.


Despite the incredible usefulness of knives, there are some downsides to carrying a knife.


Certain pocket knives can be bulky, heavy, and clunky, especially utility knives. This can make it uncomfortable to walk or sit with the knife in your pocket. Generally speaking though, you don’t need a huge knife and a pocket clip will solve most comfort problems. Soon, the knife will probably become part of your person, and you’ll feel weird without it.

Post 9/11

This second con is a bit bigger than the last one. While many people find knives to be a cool item, others will look at you strangely for carrying a weapon around.  Some businesses don’t allow you to carry a knife into their store and in other places it is illegal. If you work in a government building or currently go to a school, you won’t want to carry a pocket knife with you. Travel can also be an issue since the TSA won’t let you bring a knife in your carry on luggage.

Now, there are good reasons for this ban on weapons in certain areas. We live in a dangerous world and it is natural to take precautions. It doesn’t make it any less inconvenient for the rest of us though. If you find yourself in an environment where carrying a knife will bring you unwanted attention, you might want to leave it at home.

So what do you think? Are you going to start carrying a knife? If you’re still on the fence, check out these blogs from and for more info on carrying a pocket knife. Or have you decided that a pocket knife just doesn’t fit your life style? Let us know in the comments below.

Also check out our Pocket Knife Reviews if you’re getting ready to buy one!

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