I am not one to promote the fact that I am carrying a knife. I notice that many in the tactical community that carry firearms are also carrying folding knives and they usually clip them on to their front pocket. I’m not being paranoid when making the claim that this is usually a dead giveaway that the person is also a CCW holder and is packing a 9mm somewhere. Not only is the knife a weapon that a BG knows can be used against him, it’s a hint that is not covert. People are going to do whatever they feel comfortable doing, but try to think about being discreet when carrying anything of the sort. There are plenty of places where carrying guns is so common, that everyone knows there is a 75% chance that somebody in the building has a gun, so some crimes just don’t really happen that often.
Knives come in all lengths and durability. I’ve still got knives I had when I was 8yrs old and they are still sharp even though they were neglected. I’ve had previous jobs where keeping a box cutter in my back pocket was so common that I usually had a pile of them on my dresser because I always brought them home from work and forgot to take them out. I think a good 2 inch blade is a good average size blade that is long enough for defensive purpose, but very practical tactical knives for the working man. Since we deal with a lot of UPS boxes every day, it’s nice to know that my everyday carry knife is my box cutter, screwdriver and defensive weapon. If you’ve got the job that carrying a fixed blade Cold Steel knife, then so be it, but like many of the firearms I have had to carry on the job, I always ended up working my way towards something smaller and more comfortable.