I used to think I needed a huge knife to survive in the outdoors and living in Alaska with only a 4 inch bladed Buck 103 Skinner taught me differently. Then, I had to have a large tactical knife, but I realized I never used them and smaller knives were more useful as a rule. So, I thought I had to have a small tank of a knife, just in case I were ever in a plane crash or car wreck and had to survive until help arrived. It needed to be very strong. Then, I realized such knives are not really useful. I finally came around to the knowledge, after long years of wasting money on a box full of knives, that the lowly, inexpensive, non-super steel SAK was actually the best choice for all the above. When I realized that, there was a need to decide what SAK. I went through the plastic scaled knives of different sizes but they were all uncomfortable in my pocket (my preferred place to carry). I also felt they were not durable enough for hard use. I finally came down to the Cadet for suit carry and the Pioneer X for everyday carry. To me, these are the knives I would want to have with me if anything untoward should happen. I am going to take a serious look at the Farmer X in the near future. I think these are flexible and durable enough that in a daily situation they do what is needed and in an emergency they will do what is needful. The only other thing I could wish for is an Izula but otherwise, these SAKs do everything I need.