This is a discussion on Folding knife; tip up or down? within the Defensive Knives & Other Weapons forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by shockwave Of course, I use the driver to remove the stupid clips from my knives. Which brings me to a little rant ...
As a person that, just yesterday, had to fumble in their pocket holding a set of house keys, the car keys, and a small cellular phone for over five seconds I can honestly say that if my car keys had been my only SD tool, I would have been way behind the curve for access.
No HD real close, but I'll keep them in mind. My hardware store went down to #8 and these screws must be 6. Sad thing is, I know I've got one of those screwdrivers that came with 30 bits around somewhere... I never found it after the move 9 years ago.
"Little" rant, Shockwave? lol
Truth be told, like others, I just want to keep the knife against the side of my pocket. If it were a small fingernail cleaning pocket knife I wouldn't care if it sat in the bottom of my pocket with my change and keys. It's handy reaching in and knowing exactly where the knife is going to be and what direction it's going to be facing, kind of like using a holster for a pocket pistol. I can see your point though about having something extra on the handle.
As others have vouched with their posts, the actual, everyday use of the clip on folders is not to enable a "fast draw" but rather to keep the knife in one consistent, predictable location. In everyday use, my compact folder with a clip (happens to be a Gerber Applegate/Fairbairn "mini") resides unclipped in my front pocket. Because the knife is nearly symmetrical, the presence of the clip allows me to index my fingers on the knife and achieve the correct orientation as it's drawn. But when I'm out hunting or hiking, you can bet I have at least two folders clipped to pockets left and right, and occasionally a third clipped to a piece of gear like a Camelback. (Not the mention the non-folding knife that's in the kit.)
I work in an engineering lab, and we're all practical people. Everyone I know - even the gals - carries folding knives, and most appear to be carried clipped inside pockets. In the decade-plus since Spyderco popularized the folding kinfe with clip, I have yet to see or hear of a clipped knife falling out of a pocket because it had a clip on it.
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I carry a Benchmade Mini-Griptilian against the back of the weak-side front pocket, tip-up. Standing at the top of a ladder, steadying yourself with one hand, that clip is really nice so you don't have to fumble in your pocket to find your knife.
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After carrying the knife, clip unchanged, for a few days now, I'm kind of liking the tip down position. Letting the knife pivot between my thumb and index finger and the handle fall into my hand, then pushing the blade open, is becoming second nature. Quite a bit different than my old Spyderco where you held onto the blade and flipped the handle down into your hand. I've played around placing the knife into my pocket unclipped, as if I had switched the clip's position, and don't like the way I have to work the handle down into my palm with my fingers in order to reach the thumb stud to open it, but I'm sure it's whatever you get used to. Like anything.
Tip up because it puts the knife in a more natural position in your hand to facilitate opening it versus tip down.
And ditto those that talked about the practical utility of having a pocket clip.
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