I’ve seen many videos of young gentlemen being given a box, then pulling out a key to open it.
If you want to be seen as a gentleman, you need to carry a knife of some kind. Pocket knives – such as Old Timer and Swiss Army – are the most unobtrusive but some men, such as myself, carry “multi-tools” capable of 20 or more functions (such as Leatherman or Gerber) – one of which is almost always a razor sharp blade.
Carrying a blade can be incredibly handy. It’s not just an issue of opening letters and boxes. If you’re witness to a car accident and the vehicle is engulfed in flames, you can rescue victims quickly by pulling out your knife and cutting the seat belts. If an animal is tangled in something, your knife can save its life.
A gentleman cares about every life around him, and carrying a blade – whether an Old Timer pocket blade or more robust Leatherman Surge multi-tool – will allow you to protect those lives before First Responders can arrive.
And ladies, a knife is always appreciated by your man as a gift. You can never go wrong by buying a man a blade for his birthday, anniversary, or Christmas.
A gentleman carries many things – honor, courage, wisdom – but one of the most practical things any gentleman carries is a good quality blade.