As some of you here know, I work in a warehouse & use my work knife—usually a Native 5, a Delica 4, a Salt 2, and occasionally an Introvert—a lot over the course of a shift, mostly to break down cardboard and cut pallet straps.
Apart from being a general warehouse worker, however, I'm also one of my workplace's Level 2 Occupational First Aid Attendants. Most of the time, I deal with fairly minor workplace injuries: cuts, bumps, bruises, minor burns, heat exhaustion, dehydration, that sort of stuff. Sometimes, however, I have to deal with life-threatening situations as the first link in the emergency medical response chain. And yesterday I found myself in one such incident.
The details of the incident aren't all that important (there's also patient confidentiality to consider), but what is relevant to this forum is that I used my Spyderco folder (a Karahawk, of all things, that I carried in place of my Delica on a whim as I was leaving for work this afternoon) to perform a number of critical tasks over the course of dealing with a workplace medical emergency & it didn't get in the way. That's one of the best things I can say about a folding knife: I didn't have to think about using it—it felt like an extension of my hand, it deployed quickly & securely, and it effortlessly cut everything I needed it to cut. In a volatile situation where so many things can go wrong, having reliable equipment makes a huge difference—sometimes it can mean the difference between the loss or the retention of a limb, or even life and death.
So thank you, Sal & Eric & everyone at Spyderco for making quality tools that we can rely on, day in and day out.