Can I still get in on this thread?
I LOVE knives. I have dozens of them. I have carried all kinds of knives over the years as my needs have changed. From my first pocket knife, a 1 1/2" single blade my Dad got me at Yellowstone, when I was just a kid, to the Spyderco's and, ahem, "more advanced" knives of my adult years.
In the past couple of years, I have rediscovered "ColdSteel
" knives. I have several of them, from a "Bolo Machete
", to my camp spear
, to my boot knife
For my daily carry pocket knives, I have the following;
Those are from the Cold Steel "Voyager" Series
The 3" is my weekday, have to be in the office, pocket knife. It's big enough to get the job done, but small enough to not panic the geeks when I open a box with it.
The 4" is my weekend pocket knife. It sees general use around home and on my person any time I am not heading into the office.
The 5" is my wheeling/woods pocket knife. It's plenty of knife for making a sandwich or cutting down small saplings.
All are shaving sharp most times...
In addition, I generally have several fixed blades within reach at any given time, depending upon the need...
The State of Washington has no blade length restrictions. However, the City of Seattle has a max 3.5" law, so many municipalities decide to follow that. In general, if you are carrying anything 4" or under outside of the city, you can get away with it. In Seattle, they confiscate and ticket for anything over their silly 3.5" law
I prefer the "Tanto" blade shape for the strength it has built into it.