Even when I don't CC, I always have 2 knives with me. One is a Leatherman Sidekick, sometimes I carry a Wenger Swiss Army knife in addition to the Leatherman Both weak side. Strong side I carry one of several different spring assist liner locks. If I leave the house without a knife on me, I keep a Kubaton and a Scherade Viper clipped to the top of the door pocket, and Leatherman Wave in the glove box. that way, I am never without when they are needed.
My knives are primarily kept as tools. A good sharp blade has many uses, and is a good thing to keep on your person. They can double as a weapon if need be, but if it comes to that point, I have seriously messed up. Using a knife as a weapon is the last resort. A knife will never instantly stop the threat, so getting hurt as well is non-negotiable, and potentially fatal. Keep this in mind because if it ever comes to that, then the S has surely HTF.
If I have to explain why I ride, you wouldn't understand. Explaining sex to an alien would be easier than explaining the feeling, one that boils all that is going on in your life down to what really matters each time you are in The Wind. All I can say is, Life is not Life without it.