Tip Up or Tip Down?

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    Tip Up or Tip Down?

    I used to exclusively carry tip down, now I am experimenting with tip up carry. How do you carry your knife, and why do you prefer that method?


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    it doesn't make that much difference to me. i have knives that carry tip up, and others that carry tip down. i think i slightly prefer tip up, mostly because it keeps the clip away from the blade end of the handle. i can draw the knife and open it easily, regardless of tip orientation.

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    Tip down, on a straight blade
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    On my folders, mostly tip up - simply because when I reach into my pocket, I want my hand to grab the knife with the thumb on the knob that allows me to open the knife. As a result, I rarely use the clip.

    A while back I called CRKT and asked why they put the clip on what I felt was the "wrong" end of the knife. Their reason is that if the knife should open for some reason while clipped, you don't want to get poked by the blade point while reaching for the knife. I see their point (not pun intended), but that's not for me. Most of the clips seem to be reversible these days, though.
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    The only knife I've been carrying lately is a Kershaw Blur, and for that, I prefer to carry it tip up. When oriented tip up, my thumb naturally rests on the thumb stud when pulling the knife, and I've got a firm grasp on the knife as soon as the clip clears my pocket. In the event that I would need to access and deploy the knife rapidly, the blade can be out as soon as the knife clears the pocket. With tip down carry, I noticed I was having to readjust my grip a little too much after clearing my pocket to get a firm grip on the knife. This wouldn't be a big deal with normal daily use, but I could see that increasing the odds of me fumbling the knife in a high stress situation.

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    Tip up, it's the only way for me. Plus I don't have the option with the Benchmades I typically carry. In 20 years or so of carrying a folding knife daily, I've never had one open in my pocket accidentally.

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    Spyderco para2, tip up so if you have to deploy its in the right orientation.
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    Depends on the size of the knife. For knives the size of Benchmade's Presidio, Rift, Barrage, etc and smaller, I like tip up. I can reach deep with my thumb and the knife comes out in my hand in just the right position to open quickly. For anything much larger I prefer tip down. If I have to shift my grip to open the knife, it's easier to grip the pivot and swing the grip back and up into my palm than it is to "hike" the knife up in my hand.


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    Never gave it much thought. When I used to carry a (folding) knife it was in a belt sheath.

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    Tip up so I grab it in the right position for it to open. My kershaw would be pretty hard to open accidentally in my pocket, so I'm not worried about reaching into a blade.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Badey View Post
    I used to exclusively carry tip down, now I am experimenting with tip up carry. How do you carry your knife, and why do you prefer that method?
    Tip-up, because I clip the knife inside my front pocket, and when it's drawn, my thumb is already on the spidey-hole, with the knife in a proper grip for deployment. It just works, and most quality folding knives I've seen that don't have facilities for reversing the pocket clip, are tip-up only. Many are drilled for either up or down, but some are not. I have one knife that is tip-down only, and it still works fine. I just have to remember it's the one that's different.
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    Tip up. My spyderco delica with Emerson wave was made to be tip up. And my Kershaw cryo I also carry is tip up. Easily and fast deployable.

    I used to exclusively carry tip down until I tried tip up. Now I love it.
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    Tip up on my folders varies on my fixed blade those I carry tip up or horizontal.

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    Tip up for me too for reasons already said.
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    "Hole" down / tip up. Spyderco Native blades, here. As I reach in to extract the knife, the thumb is at the hole and easily opens the blade as I clear the pocket. As described, here, I carry them pretty much as configured in the Spyderco factory photo below ...

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