Phone. Wallet. Keys. Pocket knife.
If you’re anything like me, that’s essentially the same routine you go through right before leaving the house each morning. Each of those items – except for maybe the phone, depending on how connected to the outside world you are – is a vital part of your day. Yes. Even the pocket knife.
It may not always come in handy, but it’s one of those things you’re glad you grabbed when you need to whittle an old-fashioned table ornament, make spears to ward off predators or simply open a box with too much packing tape on it.
Actually, if I’m being completely honest, unless you’re working in construction, the armed forces or in the wilderness, today’s typical iPhone wielding, Facebook checking young man doesn’t seem to have much of a need for a pocket knife anymore, which is a shame. An absolute shame. Especially when you consider how necessary they were back in the day.
Hundreds of years ago, General George Washington defeated the British with one swift swipe of his pocket knife. Of course, that’s not exactly how it happened, but, according to The Smoking Jacket, he did carry a pocket knife, a Barlow knife actually. All militia at the time were forced to carry pocket knives as secondary weapons before they were made a part of the American soldier’s uniform during World War II.