Mechanical Assisted Folders - OUCH!


February 24, 2003, 09:19 PM
The other day, at our local gun and knife show, I bought a little SOG Flash 1 mechanical assisted opening folder. It is cool. Just like the Kershaw Onion I have, except smaller, and sharper.

The next day, I decided to show it to my buddies at work, and clipped it to the top of my right pants pocket (docker style pockets - what they used to call Ivy league). Well, part way into the morning, I sat down at my desk, and felt this gouge on my right upper thigh. I thought my keys just needed re-arranging, so I reach in my pocket and OUCH! the little SOG cut the crap out of my right thumb. It had opened up by itself.

The SOG has a safety, as does the Kershaw, yet both safeties are awkward (the Onion impossible) to manipulate with one hand. So what is the point of mechanically assisted folders, besides their coolness factor, if you have to saftey them to carry safely?

I have decided after this incident, that a good one hand opening knife without mechanical assist is just fine for pocket carry. I highly recommend the smaller Timberline Kelly Worden Tactical for serious carry or any small Gerber or Buck for everyday.

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February 24, 2003, 09:51 PM
Tip-up carry strikes again. A cut thumb is why I don't have any tip-up knives in my pocket.


February 24, 2003, 09:59 PM
I hear ya cold. I have to get a little torex wrench, but then I am flipping the clip!

February 25, 2003, 09:38 AM
After having stabbed my thumb in attempting to access the folders with tip up carry several times [ I know, why did it take that long? ] I now only carry tip down.

I'm tired of bandaging the hand while accessing the folders.

Damned that hurts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Not amymore though;)


February 25, 2003, 02:13 PM
I just always assume that any time something feels out of alignment in that region I should move carfully and handle gently.

February 25, 2003, 02:53 PM
i have a kershaw blackout ( which opens by thumb stud but has an open-assist spring in it which makes the blade open very quickly, but the only time it's ever opened without my "permission" is when i dropped it once. and i carry it with tip up or down, however it lands in my pocket. :cool:

February 26, 2003, 11:28 AM
You won't know anything is "out of alignment" until you stab yourself.

In a defensive role, it will be snatched from the pocket as quickly as you can. Thats not the time to be bleeding from stabbing your thumb on the "draw" stroke.

Tends to redirect your thought process away form the action and that can be fatal if you are real unlucky and do not have the time to recover from the pain you just created onto your person.

Tip down--or take the chance you stab your thumb while drawing the knife. It's not a matter of "will it" happen, but "when".


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