I used to be a knife nut. My knife nut days go back to when I was a kid, fascinated by the blades. As an adult, I collected more knives that I ever had any use for. I had some customs like Randall's, a few Morsheths, and some others. In my 30's I became sort of an EDC nut. But as I aged, and went through life and had more life experiences to look back on, both my knife nut obsession as well as my EDC, and gun nut obsession faded. I ended up selling off and giving away most my stuff, and just went back to carrying what I did when I was a young guy roaming mourned, serving in the army, and having all sorts of misadventures that I somehow survived while being under equipped. The EDC stuff has become like the knife thing, woefully over done. I guess some people think you need a 17 round Glock, a backpack of gear including a grappling hook, to run down to the corner store for a quart of milk. My everyday knife now is a keychain size little SAK, and theres a beat up 15 year old Fenix E01 on my keyring that has given me enough light to find my way in a wide variety of places from a dark trail in the woods, to a black stairwell in a office building that had a major blackout, to helping Metro Rail employees guide people out of a stalled D.C. Metro train way under ground. The one time I actually had to crawl into an upside down old Datsun B210 that the moron driver rolled and was hanging upside down in her seatbelt, a 1 3/4 inch blade with cardboard box glue still smeared on it, cut the seatbelt just fine, dropping the hysterical obese driver on her head while crawled backwards out of the smoking wreck. Seat belts really can be cut through with a Victorinox classic if its sharp. And contrary to what some knife manufacturers would have you believe, you don't need serrations, just a decently sharp blade. A box cutter will do fine. My pockets are lightly loaded these days, but I seam to be able to survive that day without 50 yards of magic paracord, a tactical knife, a backup knife, two backup flashlights, a full torx driver set, and all the other junk the makers of the EDC stuff would have you think you need. Like all things, moderation is the key. Any small pocketknife, a AA or AAA flashlight, a Bic lighter, my wallet and small EDC handgun, and I go about my day. So far, so good.