I always carried a knife of some sort, in high school, various SAK's (yes, we could and did bring knives to school back then), some time in the nineties, isaw a rather unique knife with a hole in the blade and integrated pocket clip, it looked weird, to say the least, but at the time, i was a poor college student and it was too expensive
somehow, the unmistakeable profile of the Endura stuck in the back of my mind, it was just cool, and utilitarian
i went through all the NKP stages during college, i used my Vic SwissCamp to the bone, broke the main blade off, and tossed it out (i had no idea that Vics had lifetime warranties....), was knifeless for a couple years, then later on, decided i needed a "good knife".....
i went to a chain sporting goods store and purchased a Gerber EZ-Out, as the oval-ish hole reminded me of that cool knife i saw back in the nineties with the hole in the blade
amazingly enough, the EZ-Out lasted at least 5 years or so, tolerated bad sharpening attempts on benchstones, endured carbide scrapers, and generally held it's own, it didn't fall apart, but neither did it take a decent edge.....
about a year and a half or so ago, i was in my local sporting goods store, looking at the used knives, and saw a rather large 4" blade folder with a splinter-picker tip, combo edge and and a round hole in the blade, i purchased it (an Endura 3) and it's been downhill ever since, that E3 started my addiction, and even though i did sell it to fund other Spydie purchases, i kinda' wish i didn't, at the time i thought it was "too big", but now i really miss it, even though i now have a superior E4 CE to replace it
but you know what they say, you never forget your first........Spydie