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Why a simple pocket knife will continue to be an essential tool even in a digital world

There are few people now who would deny that the world is surely moving online. Everything from work, conversations, shopping and anything else you can think of. Even companies and jobs that are purely outdoors or wilderness based require some sort of online presence be it a website or social media profile.

Even manufactured goods aren’t immune from the advance of technology, take for example 3D printing. This process will allow products to simply be printed off in the home whenever they are needed simply at the touch of a button. Make no mistake technology will only become even more integrated with our lives.

So, where does that leave us, the humble pocket knife user, and the guy who uses his knife for a whole host of tasks without the need to seek a specialist tool? For us the answer lies squarely in the question we just asked.

Specialist tools will not stand the test of time

The reason for the survival of the knife from the dawn of man to the end of man will be its infinite versatility. Versatility is king, and having one tool that can perform the tasks of many will always win-out. This is why more and more you see new technologies and new products which aren’t specialist. They have functions which make them more adaptable and more useful. We will see that over time we actually come to have a much smaller number of goods and things because the products we have can perform a number of tasks that you used to need two or three products for. A quick example of this is The Klecker KLAX Lumberjack. This is an axe with a huge number of tools, and by carrying this product you don’t need to carry some other specialist tools.

Klecker KLAX Lumberjack

Klecker KLAX Lumberjack

The case of the mobile phone

A mobile phone used to be just that, a phone you could carry. Now it seems that a phone isn’t even a phone at all. According to the Guardian in September 2015; “More than three quarters (76%) of UK adults now own a smartphone, up from 52% in 2012. But the number of people using their phone to make voice calls is falling.”


Ok, so now we see what people aren’t doing with their phones, what are they doing instead?


What does all this have to do with knives?

You’d be forgiven for thinking that this has absolutely nothing to do with knives, but that’s where you are wrong. Think about what we said earlier where single use and specialist items do not last. How many of you own an iPod or MP3 player these days? The answer is very few as it’s specialist and a smartphone can now do that along with other tasks. How many of you use a map to navigate or even use a separate Satnav system? A falling number; why? Because your phone can do that or your car can do it.

Knives aren’t a specialist tool, they can be used for hundreds of different everyday tasks, and even as technology advances you will still need a knife because those wires won’t strip themselves, those apples won’t automatically segment, those parcels and letters still need opening.

There are some things we can’t predict

Even here at Heinnie we can’t predict the future (even though we do get asked if we can read peoples minds and dispatch products before and order is even placed haha). Technology will only continue to evolve at a rapid pace, but so too does knife development and technology. There are new steels and new processes that make knives lighter, stronger and more reliable than ever. This change and improvement keeps knife technology moving in the right direction. It’s this progression and development that means the humble knife will for as long as we can see, remain one of modern man’s most popular tools.


What do you think? Do you agree? Is there a place for knives in the future or will technology even make the knife redundant?


2 thoughts on “Why a simple pocket knife will continue to be an essential tool even in a digital world

  1. Garry Bowman - 5:35 pm 15/12/15

    Excellent article. You’re 100% right. There are a number of things knives do that phones can’t. I carry a small pocket knife but have never seem it as the valuable tool it is. Thanks for making me realize its value.

  2. Rod s. Henderson. - 6:43 pm 26/12/15

    I’ve been with Heinnie Haynes for quite a few years now, and have always found their service and expertise second to none. I have collected a range of knives from Heinnie. And three of my favourite EDC’s are a Cold Steel, mini lawman, a Solingen,stag handle, thumbstud linnerlock, and a CRKT, Lake 111.lockback.I find these not only beautifully made but a pleasure to use and handle. Together with the fact they’re all no larger than 4ins. closed,so fit perfectly in any pocket.

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