Up until this past summer, I really didn't carry a knife that often. Then, during an exercise at Ft. Sill, I was talking with some other SOF guys and the topic of knives came up. One guy broke out his EDC pack, and dump out about 20 knives. Another LTC took out his Gerber Applegate-Fairbairn Mini Covert, I was hooked. I ended up buying all three sizes of this knife, and multiples of the Gerber Applegate-Fairbairn Covert (the middle sized version). I carry the Covert everywhere, except when I am on stateside TDYs. Then I pack the mini...you never can tell what TSA is going to confiscate, and $30 bucks for a replacement mini, would be easier to take than the $100+ buck replacement cost of the mid size version.