Favorite? Best? Happier living.

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Canal Street Lockback. Case Copperlock Prototype. Ken Onion Swindle.

fa·vor·ite
ˈfāv(ə)rət/Submit
adjective
1.
preferred before all others of the same kind.

best
best/Submit
adjective
1.
of the most excellent, effective, or desirable type or quality.

I like knives. I like them for a strange reason. They take me away, spiritually, to the woods. I just need to hold them and I’m briefly transported to the clean air and calming sounds of a wooded forest. For the briefest of moments, I’m no longer at my desk.

Which brings me to “Favorite” and “Best”. Two words that cause most of us a great deal of stress. Everyone wants the best. The best toaster, the best car, the best chocolate. I’ve spent countless hours researching (and buying) the “best” headphones. That way I can listen to the best music in the best way possible. Open back, close back, in-ear, you name it. I have it. After all of my research, are the best my favorite? Nope. And guess what? It doesn’t matter. It turns out that all of that loud music when I was a kid destroyed my ears. I can’t hear anything above 13k. I wasted so much time looking for the best and it turns out good enough, is good enough. And the best isn’t always my favorite.

Stranger still, we can have multiple bests and multiple favorites…and be happier because of it. The knives above are a perfect example. They’re all the best, and they’re all my favorite.

Let me explain.

The 1st knife shown above is fantastic. American Chestnut handle, D2 tool steel blade and it’s just the right size and weight to sit comfortably in your pocket, plus the blade stay sharp forever. Does this make it best? On most days. Yes. Does this make it my favorite? No. It’s my favorite because my dad gave it to me, which to me makes it the best.

The 2nd knife is a one-of-a-kind. It’s a prototype knife, Case never officially made this knife and to this day, they still don’t. Knife collectors would love to have this knife and would be heartbroken to find out that I actually carry this knife in my pocket and use it to cut things.

In fact, I was looking for this knife when it came up for sale on Ebay. I wanted this EXACT knife and couldn’t understand why Case didn’t make it. Stag handles with a CV blade ensure it looks great now and over time, as the knife blade develops a dark grey patina,  it will look even better.

Does this make it the best? It’s the best in that it’s the only one of it’s kind. Does this make it my favorite? No. It’s my favorite because I know no one else has it.

The 3rd knife is the best. No questions asked. Best blade shape, best size,  best pocket clip, best knife to carry every day of your life. Does this make it my favorite? Yes. It’s relatively inexpensive $35 and does everything well. As an added bonus, you can pull it out at work without everyone loosing their mind. No one will ever look at this knife and think “weapon”.

So which one do I carry? That’s the question I ask myself every day. The nice thing is, I’m never disappointed, I’m always carrying my best and favorite knife.

Now I just need to figure out a way to apply this logic to other things I own, I think I’ll be a lot happier.

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