I was looking into "waved" knives today and saw a lot of ways to modify your current knife to make it open the same way. I'm considering the c-clip tightened under the thumb stud until I can afford a new knife.
Before I did that though, I messed around with it, seeing if I could get the thumb studs to be used to deploy it from the pocket. I found I can push the knife against my leg and pull back.
With a little practice, I was able to get a fairly good success rate with it. It isn't as good as a real wave, and I wouldn't want to try it in a self defense situation without a lot of practice. I did end up wearing a hole inside the pocket of my jeans after doing it for about an hour. When I realized this I smoothed off the thumb stud and tried it in a different pair of jeans. It didn't seem to show any wear in those jeans.