So I've been wanting to write this for a while; something of an explanation of my EDC choices in relation to knives/multitools. This could go in either Knives or Multitool sections, but seeing as though I've ended up with a multitool... I'll put it there. To preface this, I live in south-eastern QLD Australia. For our international readers, the legislation in relation to carriage of weapons (simply put, DON'T) and tools such as pocket knives and multitools is significantly different to other countries. Having grown up in rural Australia, I grew up always with a knife on my belt or in my pocket. Following moving to Brisbane, QLD, I started looking into folding knives because my previous blades were no longer appropriate. At that time I was only 17, and (stupidly) did not investigate the local laws properly. In any case, I ended up buying an Emerson CQC7, which was the start of a slippery slope of buying and carrying some beautiful knives. 7 years and many Emersons, Spydercos and Benchmades later, I no longer EDC a pocket knife. This is due to our local laws, specifically section 51 of the QLD Weapons Act 1990. To paraphrase, a person may not possess a knife in a public place without a reasonable excuse. One of the listed excuses states “a person may possess a swiss army knife [includes multi-tools for purpose of legislation] for its normal utility purpose”. I've always appreciated SAKs, but have never found them satisfying to carry. Instead, I ended up with a multi-tool, after finding about the legislation. I feel that this is more acceptable socially and legally – it is ultimately a tool, and that is the purpose for which I carry it. It does contain a knife blade, but that is not its primary purpose. I most certainly do NOT carry it for self defence, and would never consider using it for that purpose. Unfortunately, awareness of local laws is not widespread in QLD Australia, and I have seen a dizzying array of different ideas as to what is and isn't legal to carry. In any case, I've posted this to hopefully help some of the other Aussies on the board, or at least prompt investigation of local laws. This is very very important, because a lot of our local legislation is not as clear cut as other areas in the world – a lot of it will come down to reasonable excuse, manner of carry, manner of person, and passing the attitude test. If I had been picked up by law enforcement whilst carrying an Emerson or similar blade, I likely would have been charged due to my age and having been carrying it in a metropolitan area without a reasonable excuse. Currently my EDC rotates between a Charge Tti (primary), Skeletool CX, and a Leatherman Juice. I feel that any of these (particularly the charge and juice, being clearly Tools) along with a reasonable excuse and specific statement of carrying “for normal utility purpose” is a safer and more legally acceptable choice. In addition, I carry these in a Skinth along with a Fenix E11 - reinforcing the carriage as tools/utility, and not for any offensive purpose. At the end of the day, you don't want to end up in court with a criminal record when there are other alternatives.