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When I was a wee lad, my grandfather once told me there were three things a gentleman always carried: a handkerchief, a comb and a very sharp pocketknife. Being so young, the only one that resonated with me was the pocketknife. Mainly because my grandfather kept his little folding knife so sharp it could cut down a small tree if and when it was necessary (I actually witnessed him doing that one day). To that end, I have been carrying a pocketknife most of my life.
Back in 2013, I was in need of a new EDC knife. Based on an excellent recommendation from a Gentlemint member, I purchased a Spyderco Tenacious G10 folding pocket knife and immediately fell in love. It was my trusty companion since the day it arrived and I often felt incomplete if I left the house without it.
Alas, all good things must come to an end. This past August, I drove to Nashville with a good friend, where we met up with other friends from Michigan, to see Iron Maiden on their Legacy of the Beast tour. We had dinner and drinks before the show, laughing and catching up after years of not seeing each other, and as we were about to enter Bridgestone Arena, I realized my knife was in my back pocket. It was too late to turn back so, with great reluctance, I tossed it in the trash before reaching the metal detectors. I have felt naked since.
While I would gladly purchase another Spyderco Tenacious G10, I thought I ask the fine folks of the Mint if there are other recommendations I should explore before making my final decision. I have not looked at other knives since my 2013 purchase so if you have a personal preference, please share it here so we can all benefit from the collective knowledge.