Friday, March 9, 2012

Flashlight and Knife Weekly Use Diary

I decided to run a little experiment.  I wanted to see how often in a week I used my EDC.  Everyone carries a phone, wallet, and keys.  They get used everyday.  Most people carry a pen, and it too gets used quite a bit.  But a lot of folks out there look at my pocket knife the same way they would look at a hatchet.  Really, though, a small pocket knife is essentially a more useful pair of scissors in a whole lot more convenient (and cooler) package.  Additionally, lots and lots and lots of people that know me (and my affinity for flashlights) want to know exactly why I carry one everyday (and some add: "during daylight hours").  The reality is a small light and knife can easily justify their weight and cost every single day.  So without much more blabber (because I realize I am speaking to the choir on this point), here is an average week's use for my EDC stuff (which was, this week, two items I am preparing to review, the EagleTac D25a Ti and BushidoMosquito's Custom Ti Rambler):

3/4/12:

Flashlight:

Check under couch for missing Duplos, check boiler in basement, and take out garbage

Knife: 

Cut off tags from wife's clothes purchases, cut open cookie package for insistent 2 year old son

3/5/12:

Flashlight:

Locate missing iPhone in car at night

Knife:

Cut off tags and opened a package (wife's birthday was 3/3...)

3/6/12:

Flashlight:

Used during end of the day, locking up the house process

Knife:

Cut open two packages, cut string off suit pants (I wear a suit almost everyday and those errant threads make me look like a hobo and drive me nuts)

3/7/11

Flashlight:

Shutting down the house, checked backyard fence after big wind storm

Knife (SAK):

Unscrew stupid screw on battery panel for son's remote controlled dinosaur (note to designers of kids toys: no fucking screws...they are choking hazard, a pain deal with, and make a slow process even slower much to my two year's chagrin...NO FUCKING SCREWS!  Got it?)

3/8/11

Flashlight:

Shutting down the house

Knife:

Nothing

3/9/11

Flashlight:

Nothing

Knife:

Opening two packages, cutting string off my shirt

I am not a rancher or a police officer, but even a regular everyday guy or gal can find plenty of reasons to carry a light and knife.  80 years ago you were a weirdo if you DIDN'T have a pocket knife.  Now you are a weirdo if you do, in some parts of the country.  In Massachusetts, I am one step removed from being the hitch hiker the kids pick up at the beginning of the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre. 

4 comments:

  1. Good post as usual Tom.

    I've been using my dragonfly 2 to cut errant strings on my clothes a lot too, so that part made me smile.

    While no one actually *needs* an EDC knife and light, it actually makes a lot of everyday things easier/safer. At least that's the way I feel.

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  2. Interesting idea Tony! I also find that it's those rare instances when I am not carrying a light or knife when I need them the most!

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  3. I also use my EDC flashlight whenever I'm 'shutting down' the house. Sure beats having to turn on all the lights to check for locked doors and whatnot.

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  4. As a parent, I think the screws on toy battery compartments are there for safety. You don't want your kid to get in there and muck around. The kid will take your batteries out, lose them, eat them, choke on them....

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