In the antiques biz the need for a knife is constant (cutting open boxes, opening envelopes, cutting string, peeling veneers...quite endless)- so I clearly carry one.
You, reader- what do you carry? Probably nothing, right...? Time to reconsider. Knives are not simply objects for the kitchen, or for Rambo- they can be works of art, but with great function.
Over 10 years ago I bought my first Chris Reeve Sebenza-and I am now a devoted follower of Mr. Reeve's titanium folding knives.
In the 'Gentleman's Knife' category I would choose these two- one for evening, one for day.
Most owners of Chris Reeve knives collect them...and the more unusual and rarer model will set you back- but some are beauties, like these.
You can get as fancy as you want- but there is a restrained simplicity even in the elaborate models of Sebenzas & Mnandis, which is why I prefer them.
Like any luxury item- find the right thing for your lifestyle, research it, and BUY THE BEST YOU CAN AFFORD- and you'll never be disappointed, promise.