I'm pretty keen on always carrying a knife, mostly as a tool, but never for protection (currently I have come to love carrying a Higo knife on me all the time). I'm curious what kind of situations you encounter in your day to day that make you think so much about protection, mostly cause that never crosses my mind. I'm a city dweller in Asia so I try to rely more on my talking skills and using indiscriminate strikes on soft body areas as my methods of self defense. Really like your blog though!
In my life, I have been subject to one home invasion and two robberies. I have witnessed one stabbing and one gunfight. Those were the incidents in which I was wholly innocent, just someone in the wrong place at the wrong time.
On the other hand, in my youth I was part of what could be called a gang. Oddly enough, though I committed and defended against many acts of violence, these incidents do not stand out in my memory like the ones in the former paragraph. The worst horror is not taking part in violence, but being helpless in the face of it.
I think of my knife and gun like I think of the fire extinguisher in my kitchen or the flashlight in my glove box. It’s just a tool. You don’t want to be helpless in the face of fire or a breakdown at night. You don’t want to be helpless in the face of violence either.
A good friend told me, “I don’t want to think about weapons. I’ll just avoid any trouble.” I didn’t tell her that sometimes, despite your best efforts, trouble finds you.