I own more than a few pocket knives — not as many as Sean, of course, but I have at least 20, including some really nice ones. But the nice ones aren’t the ones we carry around day-to-day, are they? My daily-carry knife is a total beater, and it’s the one you see pictured above: a 3-1/2″ Winchester.
It’s not fancy, but I did put some work into it. In fact, since it’s so cheap (between $8 and $12 dollars at a local sporting goods store) I picked up four of ’em. Then I picked my favorite two and spent a weekend opening and closing ’em to work in the 3-in-1 and wear ’em in. And, of course, I conned my favorite sharpener into working the blade with his best gear.
The result: a cheap-ass knife that works well, but with which I’m not afraid to hack an aluminum can in half, break down boxes by the trash can, or pry at things.
What’s your daily-carry beater?