Most people think I’m an absolute madman. They might be right, but there’s always a madness to my method. And the method works. Simple concept, I like having what I need when I need it. This is mostly a never ending and impossible goal. However, we CAN play the percentages and try to keep a few things around for those times that pain and misery can be averted with a simple tool. This by the way is one of the essential concepts of what we call EDC, or EveryDay Carry.
This weekend’s case involved one of the most carried EDC items ever, a pocket knife.
My uncle is an amazing man, does a lot of important research work, very intelligent, and generally is looked to as the family member that has it all together. With all that he’s got going on, kitchen knives are understandably not high on the priority list for him. When it came time to carve up the ham, I gave it a shot with one of his kitchen knives. It was as dull as a cheap butter knife. As I joke about next year bringing the family machete for the meat, I pulled out my trusty CRKT M21-02 Folding Knife and went to work.
While the thicker blade of the knife did not lend well to food carving, it’s sharpness more than made up the difference. When all was said and done, I had carved 3+ heaping plates full from the bone in ham. Amidst jokes that the family cat would be trying to lick the blade of the knife clean with all the danger that it would entail for him, we packed up the leftovers for everyone’s lunch sandwiches for the next few days.
Getting the nooks and crannies washed and dried was a royal pain, but the task was completed. Moral of the story, the world won’t come to an end without good EDC, but having what you need when you need it beats cutting a bone in ham with a spoon.