Choosing a knife is a very personal thing. Functionally, different users can have very different intended applications for their knives and must select a blade style, steel, edge configuration, and lock mechanism that best suits their performance needs.
As we all know, the laws governing knife possession and carry vary tremendously from place to place, so responsible knife owners must also choose a knife that is consistent with the laws in the areas where they live, work, and travel.
The knife you carry must also be consistent with how you dress—both functionally and from a standpoint of your image and professional demeanor. A ranch hand in blue jeans and cowboy boots will probably choose a different knife than a businessman who works in a suit-and-tie office environment.
As you become more experienced as a knife user, you will also find that no single knife does every job well. In time, you may invest in multiple knives that provide the attributes and performance you need for specific applications.
Finally, knives—especially high-quality knives—are special objects that transcend their function as mere cutting tools. They are genuine works of art and can carry with them tremendous pride of ownership and sentimental value. To this end, many users prefer investing in exceptionally crafted knives and those that feature premium materials.
Ultimately, there is no one-size-fits-all knife, so how do you make the right choice? Education. The more you learn about knives and the options available, the better equipped you’ll be to choose one that best meets your needs. And to help you in that process, Spyderco has produced a short video that guides you step-by-step through the many choices available. Along the way, it helps you consider and define your personal needs so you can choose the knife that’s right for you. We hope you enjoy it.