When it comes down to personal protection and general everyday preparedness, two items come to mind – a quality knife and flashlight. If you find yourself in a non-permissive environment and cannot carry a firearm, generally these two items will be all you have.

When I was a young kid growing up I always remember seeing my dad carry his swiss army knife and small mini maglite almost everywhere he went.

Not long ago, I wrote an article on Family Safety and covered the basic concepts of security for yourself and family, and what gear was available at your disposal. In today’s day and age there are so many choices when deciding on what knife and/or flashlight to purchase. For those of you just starting out with the EDC – Every Day Carry – concept or if you’re looking for more of a low profile EDC, the two items discussed here will be good starting points.

Both the Spyderco Delica 4 and Streamlight Protac 1AA are proven names in the industry, quality made, and won’t break the bank. In fact, both can be purchase for no more than $100 out the door – shop around and you may find a better deal.


Spyderco Delica 4 Folding Knife

Construction – For its weight, some people may think this knife is flimsy and cheap. The Delica 4 has skeletonized stainless steel liners sandwiched between the handle scales and blade. Those liners keep the Delica rigid during heavier field use. The textured, fiberglass reinforced nylon scales are highly durable and increase the level of grip in your hand. This is a good knife that can take a beating. Even though this is a smaller sized knife it has a full sized handle. This is a proven design from Spyderco that started in the early 1990’s and has evolved into this current model.

An Affordable EDC Combo