I grew up in a time when all boys carried a pocket knife and used it regularly for everything from playing mumbletypeg or stretch to carving sticks into spears, making tinder to build a fire, or just fidgeting with. That habit carries on to this day. I constantly tell my boys a knifeless man is a lifeless man, but they never listen. I wish I had a nickel for every time they wanted to open a package from Amazon and asked me "dad can I borrow your knife"?
My usual EDC is an Emerson CQC8. Razor sharp, strong enough for anything, and able to do anything I require of it. I alternate between that and a Spyderco Military. But I've accumulated about 50 knives of all makes and models which I will rotate into the schedule depending on where I am going or what I am wearing.
I've learned NOT to use the pocket clip for carry since it will cause you to be targeted by security in certain locales. If its in the pocket and unseen, nobody bothers you.Emerson (resized).jpg