I've never felt the need to attach a lanyard or short length of cord to any of the pocket knives that I carry. I've been carrying a small EDC (every day carry) blade on my person for well over 15 years now and don't plan to change that habit any time soon. But one thing I can't seem to understand, or at least see a huge benefit of, is attaching a lanyard or length of cordage to a pocket knife.
I can see why people may want to attach a lanyard, but in my experience I have never had cause or felt the need to do that myself. I have a couple of friends that attach a short length of Kelty Triptease to some of their more expensive knives so that if they accidentally lose them they can spot them more easily with a flashlight - trying to find a lost (expensive) knife on the trail floor can be close to impossible.
There are others that reference a knife lanyard as helping to remove the knife from their pocket, but I have found the complete opposite. When I've attached a length of cord to try doing that it has always hindered my ability to smoothly draw the knife and open it - maybe that's just me. There's obviously very little significance in the amount of weight added by a short length of cord, so that aspect doesn't bother me.
I'm just trying to understand what the benefit of having a lanyard on a small knife is and whether or not I need to reconsider this for my own EDC purposes. Do you have an opinion or specific example of using a knife lanyard that you'd like to share?
Brian is a Charlotte based backpacker, gear junkie, runner, and CrossFit(er). Originally from Southampton, England, Brian has lived in the US for over 20 years, finally settling in North Carolina. He spends as much time backpacking as his busy work schedule and family life will allow.