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Folding or Fixed for EDC

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by 9mmforMe, Jan 28, 2014.

  1. 9mmforMe

    9mmforMe Well-Known Member

    So what do you carry? Why a folder? -or- Why a fixed? What brand of blade do you carry?

    For me its a folder. I like the ease of pocket carry since I don't always wear a belt for a fixed. Right now its the new Buck 721 Slim.
    Last edited: Jan 28, 2014
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Usually 4" Benchmade AFCK, or Axis-Lock of one sort or another.
    Or a serrated Spydeco Rescue, or Delcia, depending on what I am doing that day.
    But more recently, a Kershaw Leek.

    They don't even get a second glance around here.
    Everyone has a big folder clipped in thier pocket in Kansas!

    Fixed blades do get a second glance, unless you conceil them.

    Then you got some 'Splaning' to do if you get made by a cop or something.

  3. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    You'll find fewer people carry a fixed blade, but there are some (and not everyone carries on their belt).

    Most carry a folder of some sort simply for the perceived convenience.
  4. 9mmforMe

    9mmforMe Well-Known Member

    Perceived convenience? hso, do you think this "convenience" is merely a common notion in vogue and not in reality beneficial to the carrier of a folding knife?
  5. Valkman

    Valkman Well-Known Member

    Bob Loveless told me years ago "You should make folders because that's what everyone carries". I never did but I myself have always carried a folder whether a SAK, 3 blade Moore Maker or a Strider or Benchmade.

    If you go near the Strip in Vegas I'd much rather them see a clip of a folder than a fixed blade sticking out. That will draw attention. So, I stay under the radar.
  6. Sam Cade

    Sam Cade Member

    Usually fixed since fixies are safer.

    Today I carried a Hultafors GK... in my pocket. Pretty convenient. :cool:




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  7. DNS

    DNS Well-Known Member

    Folders for me but I've seen plenty of ranchers come into town with smaller fixed blades on their belts.
  8. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member


    Many people, at least in the U.S., think of a fixed blade as a hunting knife or 9" sharpened pry bar instead of a 2 or 3 inch small all purpose fixed blade. In reality the small fixed blade with a 3 or 4 finger handle is very convenient to carry as long as you have a well designed pocket or belt sheath (there are a lot of neck knives these days that fit this description). I've carried small fixed blades in the pocket when their sheaths allowed for it and forgotten they're there.

    OTOH, I also carry a folder all the time, at least all the time I'm allowed.

    The compact folder is convenient to carry and you don't have to worry about it getting pushed through or coming out of the sheath and injuring you. With a small fixed blade you don't have to worry about the lock or pivot failing in use and they can be even lighter than a sturdy folder. There are always benefits and drawbacks to anything (we hope there are benefits, at least).
  9. skoro

    skoro Well-Known Member

    Fits safely and conveniently in my pocket. My daily activity doesn't include skinning/gutting large critters, so a small folder takes care of just about anything I ever need a knife for. The Buck 55 goes into the watch pocket of my jeans and it's a very handy little thing with a lockback blade, which I prefer over a slip joint.
  10. glistam

    glistam Well-Known Member

    Folder because concealed carry of fixed is illegal in my state, and open carry is out because the urban/suburban areas are filled aichmophobic sheep. Only carry fixed (openly) when doing DIY work or outdoor activities away from the city.
  11. 9mmforMe

    9mmforMe Well-Known Member

    Thanks hso...good information. I think there are many who don't think their folder will fail, myself included until recently.

    Here in IN there is not a problem with concealing a pocket knife, its legal, so I have read, and definitely convenient to clip on, know where the knife is situated and ready to employ as needed. That nice fixed blade that Sam took pics of looks like a great alternative with semi-baggy pants and seems just as utility minded, if not more, than a folder, given its full grip profile.

    BTW Sam, I love the orange laces! :p
  12. Carl Levitian

    Carl Levitian member

    Always a folder. I have very little need of a fixed blade outside the kitchen. I gave up hunting many man-years ago, so I don't process game in the field. I do fish, but when I go fishing, I take a dedicated fishing knife with me. For everyday life in the great American suburbs, I haven't found anything that a regular slip joint pocket knife can't handle. If I'm camping, Ihave a small machete along for any large cutting.

    I don't carry a knife to use as a weapon, so that leaves out that aspect of it. Besides, the People's Republik Of Maryland does not allow the carry of fixed blades concealed, no matter how small. But under the start's "penknife" jaw, even a Opinel number 12 qualities as a "penknife". So I can carry a Case or Buck folding hunter in a pocket if I wished, but a tiny Buck Hartsook is technically illegal. That makes a lot of sense!!??

    For the past three years I've been carrying a Case damascus peanut, and it's opened boxes, cut twine for the tomato plants out back, gut and cleaned pan fish for dinner, and opened my mail. For 99.9% of what I do, a to inch blade is plenty.
  13. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    No need for Barnum and Bailey pants - I've carried the THR knife in khakis without any problem just like having a pocket watch secured to the belt/belt loop with a fob.
  14. rockhopper46038

    rockhopper46038 Well-Known Member

    I have an inexpensive Kershaw Cryo on me all the time. It has a really nice assisted deploy, the clip can be mounted in multiple positions, and it sits in my front pocket in a perfect orientation for quick deploy. It's also "work friendly". Outside of work the Cryo is still in my pocket, but I add a Spartan CQB tool to my belt, strapped horizontally. It is very intuitive to use and it hides well right at my beltline. I tried carrying a ESEE3 and a Spartan Phrike, but I still prefer the Cryo and the CQB Tool.
  15. Sam Cade

    Sam Cade Member

    It is what would be considered a "work" knife in Scandinavian countries. It makes good sense to use a fixed blade for contractor/construction type tasks rather than a more fragile, less safe, more expensive folder.

    That is a safety thing. It helps me keep track of my feet. ;)
  16. Deltaboy

    Deltaboy Well-Known Member

    For me it totally dependent upon what I am doing.
  17. Inazone

    Inazone Well-Known Member

    Always a folder for me, although I will "add" a fixed blade if I'm doing yard work, out hiking, etc.

    Furthermore, unless I'm carrying a knife specifically for defensive purposes, I'll deliberately pick a folder that has a tool-like appearance rather than a tactical/military look; this is usually a Kershaw Vapor III or One Ton. I also usually carry a Leatherman Wingman in my back pocket, so a knife riding in my front pocket doesn't look out of place.
  18. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    So that's why you've not posted pictures of a foot wound?:neener:
    Better get a prison jumpsuit and save yourself future ER bills!:evil:

    (I can say this because I've had as many knife injuries as SC:rolleyes:)
  19. Sam Cade

    Sam Cade Member

    [​IMG] :eek:

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  20. Hometeached1

    Hometeached1 Well-Known Member

    Two folders, because it's illegal to conceal a fix blade in the area I live in. when about the place mostly a folder (Spiderco native or CRKT M16-13) and a fixed (5" K-bar.)

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