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Tools · March 3, 2015

5 Reasons Every Man Should Carry a Pocket Knife

You Still Need to Cut Things

Even in the age of perforation, there are plenty of scenarios that call for a sharpened blade. Some tasks occur on a daily basis, like opening packages, letters, or zip cords. Others come up less frequently, like cutting an animal out of a wire tangle. All arise when you least expect themwhich is why a knife in your pocket can really come through in the clutch.

It Can Substitute for a Tool Box

If we had to limit ourselves to a single handheld tool, it would undoubtedly be a knife. The list of things you can do with a blade is pretty much endless: You can score wood, remove a nail, punch a hole in your belt, etc. It can also serve as an all-purpose screwdriver, especially for those tiny screws that are notoriously hard to tighten.

It Can Be Used to Start a Fire

Lighting a fire is one of those skills you rarely need to harnessuntil the day you do. If you've got to get a fire going with minimal equipment, a knife can make all the difference: You can use it to shave off bark for kindling, to cut away wet wood, or even to light a spark if youre out of alternatives.

It Makes On-the-Go Eating Easier

Whether youre out for a walk or a weekend road trip, a man on the move is often short on utensils. Luckily, a blade can pull triple duty as a knife, fork, and spoon. Apples, cheese, and charcuterie are all that much more fun to eat, and a utility tool (like an Izola Pocket Knife) opens your repertoire to beer bottles, wine, and canned goods.

It Can (Possibly) Save Someone's Life

As much as we value a good first aid kit, you wont always have medical supplies on hand, or the time you need to retrieve them. The versatility of a knife makes it a perfect problem solver: It can be used to remedy minor pains, like a hangnail or splinter, or to tackle more dire scenarios, from making bandages or splints to cutting a driver out of his seatbelt. Just remember to sterilize the blade with a flame or rubbing alcohol before touching an open wound.


Nathaniel Nagy

Copywriter, cold brew advocate, purveyor of handcrafted birthday haikus since 2009.