Story by Joshua Swanagon, Photos by Jim Cooper (SharpByCoop Photography)
Nothing wrecks the lines of your dress slacks quite like a big EDC knife that just looks out of place.
If you’re like me, you don’t go anywhere without a knife, but it can be difficult carrying a good knife while wearing dress slacks. They pull at the lines of your pants and just look out of place. Not to mention, when you pull it out and use it in a formal setting, you get some interesting – and at times dismayed – looks from those around you.
So, as knife lovers we are often forced to either carry a bulky EDC and live with the distorted lines in our slacks and disapproving glares or look for something a little dressier, and lighter, for the occasion. Personally, although I am guilty of the former, I tend to lean towards the latter.
Fortunately, there are a lot of great options available to us when it comes to adding the appropriate edged accoutrement to our ensemble. With some of the amazing custom makers out there, not only can you add the right knife to your attire – without suffering heavy pocket stretch lines in your pants – but can add another layer to your dress.
Like a nice set of cufflinks or the right tie clip, a beautifully crafted piece of custom cutlery will add an exquisite accent to your formal wear that will have people looking on in wonder, instead of distress, when you pull your fine bladed accent from your pocket for use.
A man should never be caught without a knife, but a well-dressed gentleman carries in style.
Stay sharp and keep it real. K&G
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Joshua Swanagon has studied survival in both urban and wilderness environments in Colorado and Michigan for most of his life, while also adding experience in harsher terrains abroad. He utilizes his experience and years of diverse martial arts and combatives training and real world application as a self-defense/combatives instructor, published freelance writer and Field Editor for various magazines in the fields of knives, survival, self-defense and tactical subject matters. Joshua also brings with him his years of experience as Editor of, and Subject Matter Expert for, Knives Illustrated Magazine.
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