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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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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 :smile:
 

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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...... :biggrin:
 

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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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I carry an Auto or Double Action.

I currently carry a Pro-Tech Godson auto in my front right pocket. Great knife thats very quick to deploy. I have a little collection of folders, autos, and fixed blades that I rotate through depending upon the work that I am doing. Most of my knives are production but I also have a few customs. I have two Neil Blackwood fixed blades, that were bought before he became famous. I also have a couple by Jason Cutter,and a Brad Duncan auto whiplash. I am currently waiting on a Darrel Ralph assisted opening custom.
I try to post some pics when I can get around to it.:biggrin2:

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I carry one knife in my right front pocket and another in my left rear pocket. With practice the left hand has gotten faster but it is still not as fast as my right hand.
 

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is that buck a heel clip or a hinge clip ? if its a heel clip then " wave" it if its hinge clip never mind lol
 

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In addition to my handgun (IWB at 4:00) I carry a pair of waved Enduras. One in the right rear pocket, the other in the left hip-pocket oriented for reverse-grip draw. I also carry a fixed-blade, double-edged CRKT Companion either IWB at 2:00 or handle-down in a sheath on my boot (anyone wanna grapple:wink: )
I definately think a fixed-blade is the way to go if your laws permit. If not (or in addition to) I think the waved folder is the next best thing since you don't have to worry about manipulating the opening mechanism. All you have to do is draw. If someone is right on top of you, you need to deploy your weapons NOW not in the time it takes to fiddle with a thumb-stud or whatever. Of course, the "wave" is not 100% fool-proof, I just think the chances of opening a waved folder under stress are better than they are with a knife that you have to open via a thumb-stud/hole/disk.
 

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I have always carried a folder of some kind since I was a kid. Right now I am using a Benchmade mini griptilian front right pocket. (I am right handed) This is my first Benchmade, I really like the axis lock.



I just bought a kabar TDI for weak side carry. I am really liking this knife. Simple, inexpensive but does everything you need and gets the job done. Great value.

 
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