I've taken to bringing my ka-bar on hikes, either in my pack, on my pack, or on my belt. All the trails around here are completely new to me, so I don't know what I might be getting into in terms of large predators/creepy people. I also have my CRKT M16, that never leaves my side, even in the city. I have noticed that people tend to stare at big knives, but they would stare if I had purple hair too. At least the knife is funcional!