I have no idea how many folding knives I own, but it is surely a great many. I get them on a complimentary basis quite often in the course of my work as the editor of a firearms publication. Some of them are very nice. (I even have one presentation piece that is scrimshawed and has scales of mastodon ivory.) However, it's not very often that I have occasion to gut a deer or wild pig. It is also inappropriate at my season in life to indulge in knife duels. What I have carried for the past 13 years is a Solingen-made utility knife similar to a Boy Scout knife except that it has corkscrew in the European fashion (gotta open those wine bottles!
that was given me by the widow of Hermann Weihrauch, eponymous founder of the firearms factory in Mellrichstadt, Germany. I don't normally use a cutting edge for much more than opening UPS packages in the course of my daily work, and I like having a screwdriver, bottle opener and corkscrew integral to my knife. Of course, you can get more than that with most of the Swiss Army Knives, but they generally strike me as pretty bulky for routine carry although I do keep one in my daypack when I am in the boondocks, which has been less frequent in recent years since I am both older and live a good deal farther from the nearest mountains. It is interesting that among the men of action I have known, some are a real knife freaks. Others, including one man who did a lot of counterterror fighting in the African bush and another--a decorated Vietnam veteran who subsequently did a lot of "wet work"--have no use for knives beyond a simple pocket knife of the type I carry and regard the big fighting knives as silly, useless impedimenta.