I have liked knives since I was a kid. I love the idea of having something in my pocket that can be used for anything from utility tasks to whittling wood to cutting a food package open. All around us people use knives. They are everywhere, from kitchens to the post office. Everyone has something they need cut. It is often that I hear people muse about people carrying knives. Mainly it is people in my life that I hear. And wouldn't you know it, it is those people who need something cut a little while later. It is us, those who know the true utility of a blade that know the reasons though. And whether you carry a large tactical framelock or a slipjoint with a sub 3" blade you can truly appreciate the usefulness of a keen edge and a fine piece of cutlery. It comes down to one thing, being prepared.
I often go a whole day without ever even taking my knife out of my pocket. This is sometimes discouraging because I have a $400 piece of what I consider art in my pocket that practically begs to be used to slice something with. But I tend to lean towards the principle of have it and not need it than need it and not have it. I think this lends itself to the idea of carrying two blades, whatever shape this takes. I like having a fixed blade and folder so I have one cutting tool that can be used harder than the other and can also be left a little thicker at the edge for toughness, where the folder is kept thinner to facilitate slicing. Even though I may not make a cut during the day I will always carry a knife when I can because I know it will be useful eventually. And maybe will be necessary to save a life, who knows?
At the end of the day, it is important that you have a knife on you. Whatever shape this takes. I think we get caught up in having the coolest looking gear that we sacrifice function. Never put someone down for a piece of inferior cutlery. Why? Because they are prepared. I remember a time when I would carry a Swiss Army Knife knockoff I got for $2 at an antique shop. I still have that tool because it reminds me how far I've come. But I was more prepared with that tool than anyone without a blade. Whether you carry for self-defense, utility, or for the fun of it, be glad that you are among the ranks of a dying group, the prepared. And if you don't? Walmart sells Kershaws and budget Spydercos, that would be a good place to start.