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My Wife Thinks I’m Crazy for Doing This…

Am I losing my mind?

Maybe… But I sure as hell never want to be caught without a knife. That’s why I recently started carrying two of them, every day. Why two knives you ask? Here are just a few reasons:

For Everyday Use

Pocket Knives
Photo by: Alexander Rushing

First, I use a knife every day for utility purposes. By carrying knives with different sizes and blade shapes it’s more likely that I will have a better tool for the job. I can also carry one knife that is my “beater” (The one I don’t hesitate to get muddy, sticky, or greasy).

For Self-Defense

Next, in a self-defense situation you never know if the knife kept on your dominant side will be inaccessible. Perhaps an attacker has you pinned against a wall, has control of your arm, etc.

Also, if forced to stab an attacker, it is very possible the knife will be difficult to recover, a grisly thought but it is a real problem (Muscles tend to clench around the blade). If there is a second attacker you’ll be glad you brought a backup.

Self-Defense Situation Number 3 (okay, my overactive imagination is probably the real reason my wife thinks I’m crazy): Carrying blades on different portions of the body can be an advantage if you are taken to the ground. This is a great reason to carry a boot knife. I can keep going with the self-defense scenarios but I think you get the point.

As a Survival Tool

A knife is also one of the two most critical survival tools we have (a fire source being the second). As the old saying goes “Two is one, and one is none.” You can expect that if the SHTF you’d immediately drop your one and only knife into a mud hole, or it would fall out of a pocket in the dark. A backup is just common sense.

Okay, you can see that there are a lot of good reasons to carry two knives. Even so, some people may question my logic by saying that if this were the case we may as well carry two of everything—two sets of keys, two wallets, two cell phones, etc.

Here’s the Thing

It’s possible for us to take preparation to such an extreme that it becomes impossible to lead a normal life. The difference, especially with knives, is the relative ease of carrying two. With so many knives on the market it is easy to find a backup that is inconspicuous, small, and comfortable. What I’m trying to say is that the downside is so small and the upside so large that it’s simply a no-brainer, at least for me.

So what do you think?

Am I the only one who carries two knives? Let me know in the comments below!

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1,219 thoughts on “My Wife Thinks I’m Crazy for Doing This…”

  1. I keep knives hidden all around my house. I also sleep with knives under my pillow. I also have several stun gun flashlights, under my pillow, beside my bed and another within reach if I’m knocked to the ground. In my car also, I have both within quick reach. I’ve been called crazy also, but better safe than sorry.

  2. I can say you’re definitely not the only one to carry more than one. Hanging around bars ,and living in not so great neighborhoods, and work you were lucky if I didn’t have at least four or more at all times.

  3. Absolutely correct!
    Two 3 3/4″ blade LinerLock Spring-Assisted Flippers for work/Protection, one 2″ Lockback for utility, One Mini Swiss for the scissors & tweezers & toothpick/probe.
    Add a Belt Carried Fixed blade of your choice and you’re good for most needs.

  4. I think this is a great idea! It certainly rings clear to me thats why I constantly carry one. Its a fundamental tool since man has been able to utilized the tool. No body respects the man 100% of the time but they always respect the tool.

  5. Interesting article. I carry only one blade that is on my key chain. It looks like a Spartan warrior helmet but is actually a three pronged hand weapon. I also have a K-Bar and a scary looking machete in the house.
    You have me thinking about carrying a second blade, possibly a boot knife.

    Thanks for the heads-up.


  6. Hi Bob,
    Yes, I love knives. I got your survival knife about 2 years ago. I paid shipping and that was all I paid. I love it so much that I bought your fire starter last year. Now I have your Striker knife. Keep up the good work of keeping us safe.

    Thank you,

    Vicki Hogan

  7. I carry two knives as well , utility on the left and a cold steel 6 inch trilight on the right, I feel naked without them

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