What would my signature weapon (or thing) be? (The Reveal)
This is pt. 2 of my list from yesterday. I promised that I would fill you in on my signature. But as usual, I cheated just a little bit and decided on two:
A Wenger Swiss Army Knife
My beloved travel vests.
When I asked myself this question, the answer I kept coming back to was the iconic Swiss Army Knife. But when I asked several of my friends and family, the list of options grew. But the one item mentioned by everyone is my vest. Since it was the one item mentioned by everyone, I felt it had to be included.
1. Be Prepared.
This probably applies equally to both items. As a life-long Scouter and Eagle Scout, the idea of preparation is baked into my thinking.
2. Gibb's Rule #9
For fans of NCIS, Jethro's list of rules seems to be random and unlimited. But Rule #9 never changes. "Always have a knife". Since I don't dare argue with Gibbs, rule #9 it is.
3. Man's most basic but versatile tool.
A sharpened edge was probably the second tool invented by mankind. And it proves to be among the most valuable and versatile. There is rarely a day where I don't use my knife for one task or another.
4. Why a Swiss Army Knife
There are nearly an endless variety of designs when it comes to knives. I choose a SAK for their versatility, portability, and quality of manufacturing.
5. Why Wenger?
For decades Wenger and Victorinox were the two manufacturers of SAKs. The companies have now merged, and all new knives are marked as Victorinox. My preference for Wenger is twofold. First, a few of the tools have a slightly different design (like the scissors) that I like. Perhaps more importantly, my first real SAK was a Wenger. Loyalty starts young.
6. A vest?
Certainly not a weapon. But as I was reminded, an everyday part of my dress and activity.
7. I carry stuff.
I've used fanny packs (bum bags), man bags, sling packs, etc. And still do occasionally. But I find it so much easier just to carry stuff in my pockets. And my vest has plenty.
8. It covers many sins.
Maybe I'm feeling fat today. Maybe a got a stain on my shirt at lunch. Maybe I've got things on my belt that not everyone needs to see. My vest fixes all of that.
9. It's nearly universal.
Hot weather. Cold weather. Beach. Mountain. Jungle. City. Casual or Business. One of the several vests I own can cover all of these variables. But I haven't found one yet that looks good as formal wear😃