My daily carry is an original Leatherman Supertool, not the 200 model, and a Sypderco Endura with a fully serrated blade. I like having a knife for knife stuff and a multitool for everything else.
For what use? A locking SAK is about as low profile as any knife can be; a medium size Buck, Camillus, Case, Gerber, or Opinel along the lines of the BuckLite II that Hangfire mentions stands out only a little bit more.
On the other hand, a knife that wouldn't be found at a hardware, discount, or REI store for less than US$ 50 or hints at being a "fighting knife" begs for at least some amount of attention.
I think the multi-tool is likely your best option in urban setting. Easily explainable to LEOs or just the plain nosy (I can fix ANYTHING I need to) and you CAN FIX NEARLY EVERYTHING, given this, some duct tape and WD-40.
IMO the "grey man" approach has merit but when using it on a knife that should be in your pocket or BOB anyway it doesn't make much sense. Knife collectors can tell the difference between a "classic" knife style and a "tactical" one but in my experience most sheeple cannot. To them size is usually important as if the speed in which you open it, and in some cases how flashy it is (like with a balisong when opening or the look of some of those fantasy knives.) On knife forums people have a vast variety of distinctions with which to categorize knives and they sometimes try to use these knife collectors' filters to attempt to determine how a sheeple will see their knives and which knives will be more PC. The problem is, for the sheeple there is pretty much one category of knives, and that is "bad things not to carry."
For specific suggestions for urban carry, a Victorinox Huntsman, a Spyderco Endura, and maybe a multitool for EDC, and for a BOB a multitool, larger SAK, and a fixed blade.
quote:Originally posted by Benjamin Liu: For specific suggestions for urban carry, a Victorinox Huntsman, a Spyderco Endura, and maybe a multitool for EDC, and for a BOB a multitool, larger SAK, and a fixed blade.
Excellent advice, and a vary good collection of "inexpensive", yet very versatile tools. I do keep a seperate folder that has a serrated blade, but if you're just looking at one folder, a good plain edge is the most useful.