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    Quote Originally Posted by Smokinape View Post
    I pick the one that matches my shoes and handbag...
    I match my bra and panties.

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    I contacted Alan Davis. Told him what I wanted and listened to his advice on how to make it even more awesome. Then I harassed him for months with tweaks and changes until finally my perfect EDC arrived. I don't have to pick anything anymore.

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    I usually keep only a few favorite knives in my possession and give the rest away to friends and family.
    It's pretty easy to choose when you only have 2 or 3 options.

    I would probably be overwhelmed if I had "too" many.

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    First I stay away from dull(er) knives until I have time to sharpen them. Next, I think about the general size of blade I might expect to need throughout the day. And finally just pick one of the few options left. I also consider the clip on each knife, black if I want it less noticeable, deeper carry for shorts, etc.

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    I used to buy a new knife, carry it for a year or so, buy another new knife, carry it for a year or so, ...

    I got into watch collecting some years ago and learned that collectors would have a group of watches that they wore and they would pick from this group each day. But they would also frequently sell watches that "got no wrist time". I vowed that my favorite watches would get worn equally so my scheme was to make a list of watches and wear them in that order, each Monday morning I would pick the next one on the list and wear it the rest of the week. Now that I got back into knife collecting I started doing the same with my EDC knives. I made a list of them and each Monday I pick out the next one to be carried for the rest of the week. That way they all get carried equally. If there is one that I get tired of carrying I just take it out of the rotation. Each Monday morning I look forward to starting to carry the next one on my list.


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    I usually just grab whatever I feel like carrying for the day. there is no method to my madness!
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    I only have 3 folders so far... so i havnt had to deal with this yet! Though if i get a new knife i will carry it for a while until i start to miss the others. In other cases i take into consideration blade length.

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    I usually carry the same knives each day.

    I buy knives for a purpose that I feel is necessary to fill, not because I feel like collecting.

    I guess that might change how I answer this question, but if I buy something, it is for a specific purpose, not just to occupy space. It might just be that I got a good deal, and am hedging bets that I will save $$ by buying something I know I will need at some point........

    That being said, I don't really have a problem of knives I don't carry. That problem resolves itself by dull knives. I have extra folders in a drawer that I sharpen as I get to it, and that way I always have a knife I am used to that is sharp and ready to go, even if I don't have the time to sharpen it first (my life is cyclically hectic).

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    The SAK (Super Tinker) always goes with me, along with one of four locking folders (Leek, Skyline, Delica, Mini-Grip). The locking folder selection is somewhat random. All four sit on my nightstand, and whatever catches draws my attention first when I get up in the morning is the one I carry.

    I've bought a number of knives of different styles, shapes, steels, etc. I'll carry and use them for a while, and the ones I like most end up in the rotation. The others still get used sometimes, if I feel like revisiting that particular knife, but most days, it's something from my regular rotation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smokinape View Post
    I pick the one that matches my shoes and handbag...
    And I thought that I was the only one..........

    Dunno. I seem to grab light weight folders for around town. I prefer a dark clip if possible as I don't want to advertise. Four inch is about right for me.

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    Think of what will be most useful that day if I have plans. Otherwise just grab my default, a Military and Opinel slim.

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    Which edc I carry depends on what I'm doing. For daily use I carry a Cryo, at work I carry a Leek and SOG powerlock b69 EOD, and when I'm out in the woods or performing manual labor (outside of work) it's a PM2. Prior to that I carried a delica full time before losing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theHobbyist View Post
    I've got a 12 year old spyderco that comes with me everywhere... I had an Emmerson that I would switch between but broke the blade in half trying to baton through a steel drum =\...
    Don't worry, that'll sharpen right out.

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    Not that hard to choose when you own typically 2 knives at a time as i do lol. So for me it aint that hard choosing, but that's a problem on its own isn't it lol, i need to fix that and get some more knives later.

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    I have two separate cases- one for dress knives (mnandi, slipjoints, etc) and the other for non dress knives. Other than that I make it a game time decision about what to carry that day. Sometimes, I feel like a women by "trying on" several knives before making my choice. Since I don't have any knives I don't like, it will always be a good choice. Sometimes I carry two just because I could not decide!
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    it depends on the weather for me. for thicker clothes, and colder weather, i like a larger knife. like a spyderco military or benchmade bedlam. for the summertime when its warmer and my clothes are more akin to a shirt and shorts, my benchmade 960-601 is perfect. although your most likely going to find me carrying my XM-18 all year round. same with my paramilitary 2.

    of course it also depends on if i think i need it for a specific task. in which case i usually bring a leatherman wave. but the ones mentioned above are just general EDC for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reasoned1 View Post
    You never will resolve this dilemma...
    This is what I am thinking, I have too many.. Time to sell and give..

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    I rotate through them, sometimes I carry them for a couple weeks and sometimes it's only for a few days. I have one group that I carry at work, (desk job, corporate environment) these have less then 3" blades and are light, most have the pocket clips taken off. Then I switch to a larger folder when I get home or around town. (Keep a couple in the truck for this). Works well for me.

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    Today, I picked up my Sage 2 because the jeans I am wearing are a bit snug in the pocket area, and the Ti slips in and out easier than G10 or other textured surfaces. A lot of times, I open my knife drawer and look in there and a knife is begging to be carried, so I carry it. Also, if a knife is newer, it may get more pocket time. The Sage 2 is the only one I have had for some time that still gets considerable pocket time. My latest buys, Sage 1 and Chokwe are carried most right now. That Chokwe is hard not to carry I must admit.

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