Knife - carry side, and opening assist.

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    Knife - carry side, and opening assist.

    I transitioned long ago to left front pocket for knife carry, much as anything so I could employ weak hand for use and have gun hand free. But - however much I try and practice - this still feels awkward and slow.

    I have just today fitted a ''One-Armed Bandit'' - the lil' gizmo Euc referred to other day in a thread - and it is a simple item to fit and certainly on my Buck makes for much easier opening - but still - weak hand is very poor to achieve a fast result.

    Right hand somehow feels almost instinctive with the operation and is much slicker but - still don't want to carry on right ideally. Who carries strong or weak side?

    Here is the Buck with the gizmo added. It works best close to pivot point plus - I had to move behind the integral thumb slot anyways to get set screw tightening properly on blade top. It does exactly what it is meant to - nicely - just wish I could be as good left handed as right!!


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    weak side carry for me. Right handed clip on the knife and a desire to keep my gun hand free got me into carrying the knife on the right.

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    Well, I usually carry my pocket knife in my left hand pocket - but it's a little thing and not really meant for cutting anything except cardboard boxes and price tags off of whatever my wife buys that day.

    Now I do have a Kershaw Boa on the way - should be any day now. And plan to carry that front right pocket on clip. It's an A/O so should hopefully be fast on the draw.

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    Joe, nice looking. Similar to my Blur. The A/O is a nice feature. I have found mine is faster than most switchblades.

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    Dang Joe - I really do want a BOA - much as anything because the one I handled was SO darned quick!! Wish I could find one a bit cheaper than usual prices I see - $90 and some on Ebay seems lowest.
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    Chris,

    Yep - I sprung the $90 for it - the cheapest I could find. But I've read so many good reviews on it I figure it's probably worth it.

    Have you looked at the Benchmade AFCK Axis? That's the one the wife wants - runs about $110. Very sweet looking blade and the Axis lock is so much fun to play with.

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    I have zero doubt the cost is worth it - just more than I want to splash out right now - winter coming - fuel bills and all that!

    The Benchmade - well seen pic's but never handled one tho sounds good. It is because I got to play with the BOA I want it so bad!
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    Just out of curiosity - what aspects did you like about it?

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    Almost totally sold on opening speed - so easy out of pocket - might just as well be an assisted it was so easy and fast.

    The blade is good but that was secondary to function speed
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    The Boa, with it's AO, is one of the best flipper-opening styles. If I went to off-side carry with it, I'd remove the thumb stud, and use the flipper exclusively.

    Honestly, though, I believe that a waved opener is more secure (retention-wise) than anything you need to pinky-punch. I wasn't to hot on the idea when I first saw it, but getting a chance to play with one is converting me......

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    Who carries strong or weak side?

    I carry my pistol on the left and knife on the right. I never really became strongly right-handed or strongly left-handed. Actually my left is strong side for the pistol (or rifle) and the right side is strong hand for knife work with one exception: for cutting my food on a plate, I hold the knife in the left hand to avoid switching the fork around.

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    I admit I have a bad habit. I carried a knife for so many years my muscile memory is ingrained around right front pocket. It usually doesn't get in the way of my gun though. When I pocket carry I put the knife somewhere else, and I have pretty darn quick draw of a pocket pistol because it's about the same motion.

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    I've been carrying my knife in the front right pocket of my pants for as long as I can remember. I recently started carrying a second knife in my right rear pocket, and that was almost as comfortable. I've since stopped carrying the knife in my left rear, and carry a leatherman wave in it's belt holder on my left side instead.

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    First off: carry a fixed blade if you can.

    I carry a ShivWorks disciple on my belt at 2 O'Clock, where it is very fast to draw right handed, and if I am fending somebody off my pistol with my right hand, can be drawn with the left and used to cut the goblins arm/wrist.

    For utility/backup I have folder in the right front, either an Emerson Wave or BM Auto...
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    I am a leftie...carry an Emerson Karmabit left side front pocket while on the right a Spydero Gunting in a kydex belt holster. Since I teach knife counter knife I also carry a training drone of each although the training Gunting is in my rear right hip pocket during the past month have noticed it is wearing a hole in my 5.11 trousers.

    Before getting into teaching and carrying concealed I would carry on my right side, on a belt sheath a non tactical folder.
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