Feb 28, 2012, 2:44 PM
Registered: Jul 6, 2005
I am thinking of giving a lady a knife. What kind of knife would you ladies be most likely to use, and carry?
This is not a knife that would be restricted to climbing.
Victorinox or Wenger multitools. They're not as rugged or strong as fixed blade or work-specific knives, and they'll require some care (avoid grit, occasional drop of oil to really take care of it) but with a little ingenuity you can get just about any job done.
ed: forgot to add: I gave an ex a small Vic. pen knife for her key chain. It has a surprisingly bright led bulb and ball point pen that she says have saved her on more than one occasion.
My biggest problem with multitools (which you touched on) is that the knife is usually the least useful accessory on the thing. The blade is usually thin, unstable and made from shit steel.
Don't get me wrong, multitools can be useful and I'd put one in my pack or camping tote but I'd never carry one as an every day knife. Of course I don't know the recipient. If the knife will spend most of it's life in a pack or purse, a multitool might just be the ticket.
If you need it for carpenters work, then yeah, get a task-specific fixed blade. Unless you're putting your knife through the wringer every other day, a good quality multitool should serve any normal city dweller well.
My dad gave passed his multi-tool knife down to me when I was a pup, and I've taken it on almost every trip I've ever been on (forrest, desert, jungle, tundra, beach) and it's almost perfect. The main blade's been through wood, fur, bone, climbing rope, tire rubber, leather, and it's still a decent blade. Obviously I don't use it for things it's not meant to do (McGuiver is but a story) but it's proved handy on innumerable occasions, and the OP did ask for a knife that would not be restricted to climbing use.
edit: if not this, what would you consider an everyday knife?
(This post was edited by squierbypetzl on Feb 28, 2012, 2:45 PM)