So I bought myself a cute little piece of cutlery today--a full-size Black KA-BAR Straight Edge (Marine-style) Knife:
The only other KOSS (Knife of Significant Size) I own is a reproduction of the British Fairbairn-Sykes fighting knife from Museum Replicas, Ltd. and it's of no real practical use; I just think it looks cool. I use it to open my mail. The KA-BAR, on the other hand, is a good, basic, all-purpose knife suitable for anything from survival to camping to kitchen chores to, well, opening the mail.
Some family trivia here: my father still has the USN-stamped KA-BAR he carried during WWII. He probably hasn't touched it except to move it from one house to another in sixty years and the thing is still sharp as hell!
I'm not a Survivalist by any stretch of the imagination, but I do believe in being prepared, so I keep a number of items in my car just in case--jumper cables, tire gauges, window scrapers, a couple of kitchen towels, some big-ass trash bags (good for litter, ground cloths, and as emergency ponchos), a flashlight, a basic first aid kit, a couple of road flares, matches in a waterproof container, a Space Blanket and sleeping bag, 50 ft. of Perlon (nylon) rope, a couple of locking carabiners, some Zip-Loc bags, two of those little emergency tools meant for cutting seat belts and smashing car windows, a generic Swiss Army Knife, pen, paper, sunglasses, etc. Sounds like a lot, and maybe it is, but these things don't take up much space and remember--in the event of Zombie Attacks being prepared is a good thing!
Now that I have a proper knife I can concentrate on getting an entrenching tool and maybe, just maybe, a SHTF (Shit-Hits-The-Fan) gun (FAQ here).