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How do you carry your folder?

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by Safetyfirst, Sep 23, 2013.


How do you orient your clip mount for your EDC?

Poll closed Oct 23, 2013.
  1. Tip Down, Weak Side

    5 vote(s)
  2. Tip Down, Strong Side

    23 vote(s)
  3. Tip Up, Weak Side

    5 vote(s)
  4. Tip Up, Strong Side

    45 vote(s)
  1. Safetyfirst

    Safetyfirst member

    My ZT 0301 just arrived last week.


    The blade is 3-3/4" S30V steel with a Tiger Stripe Tungsten DLC coating.


    The handle is 3-D machined G-10 Ranger Green scales on the front and titanium on the back. The frame lock is also titanium.


    In short, this thing is a tank at a whopping 8 ounces. Loving the feel and form, and the weight is reassuring if anything. As far as EDCing it (which I plan on), it has a quad mounting system. I'd like to know what the majority of the community does for carrying. I was thinking tip up on my right (strong) side. I highly recommend this knife, it's sharper than Stephen Hawking. I feel like even grazing my arm hair would slash my jugular open :D
  2. ugaarguy

    ugaarguy Moderator Staff Member

    It depends on the knife. For a push button auto opener, or a manual or assisted knife with a flipper (like your ZT 0301) I carry them tip up on whichever side it's going to be carried. On knives without flippers my choice of tip up or tip down (when it's an option) is usually dictated by which position provides the deepest ride in the pocket.

    I'm glad you like it. Let us know how it holds up after several months of real world use.
  3. bikerdoc

    bikerdoc Moderator

    Spyderco Native
  4. JohnKSa

    JohnKSa Well-Known Member

    I carry two different folders on a regular basis. Regardless of the knife, I carry it on my strong side.

    One is configurable for tip up or tip down carry and I have it configured for tip up carry. I've found that minimizes the amount of gunk that ends up in the hinge.

    The other is carrried tip down because it can not be reconfigured.
  5. lemaymiami

    lemaymiami Well-Known Member

    Regardless of whether there's a clip or not I much prefer to carry a blade in my pocket instead of using the clip.... On the few occasions when I'm forced to rely on a clip I'm indifferent to whether the blade is tip up or down.... A few years back I lost a very nice Al Mar folder because I relied on the clip and after running more than 20 miles into the backcountry on my skiff I found that it had worked off of my waistline.... Working on small boats forces you to find out the hard way whether things work or not, this was just one more lesson for me. I've never lost a blade kept in a deep pocket.

    By the way, I can usually tell at a glance if someone I'm dealing with is carrying a blade when they rely on the clip unless an overhanging shirt conceals it... For defensive purposes I want any blade to be as concealed as possible up until it's in use....
  6. snapshot762

    snapshot762 Well-Known Member

    I carry strong side tip up.
  7. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    Understand that while the blade length of your knife is less than your state and campus carry limits you must always be discrete and show good judgement in how you carry and how you use a knife.

    As to how the rest of us carry, it depends. For you it will depend on what you're comfortable with. Do you find that you need to empty out your strong side pocket to balance against the weight of the knife clipped there, or will you carry IWB between "10 and 2", or even at "5 or 7" above your back pocket. It is wholly a matter of what you're most comfortable doing.
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2013
  8. JohnKSa

    JohnKSa Well-Known Member


    IWB carry with the clip over the waistband but behind the belt addresses both of your concerns.
  9. lemaymiami

    lemaymiami Well-Known Member

    That's where it was.... with the accent on the last word... I work out of a 17' skiff configured as a bonefish skiff where you sit on the rear deck when running and stand up on a poling platform when fishing. A few years back I up-graded that beat up old Maverick skiff with really nice comfortable bass boat seats (three across with me in the middle). The moment when I realized that my knife was gone was not a good one -but I had three additional work blades onboard so it wasn't that great a problem.

    I've done all kinds of dumb things (both on the street as a cop, as well as years and years on the water - including falling or getting blasted off of my skiff in one mis-adventure or other) but never managed to lose a good blade with it in my pocket.... That's why I'll leave carrying by clip to others.
  10. Tirod

    Tirod Well-Known Member

    On the other side of the coin, the only knives I lost slipped out of my pocket because they weren't clipped. Like when hooking up an inoperative car to a wrecker, laying on the pavement to see what was a frame member rather than a tie rod.

    22 years Army Reserves, training, etc, plus all the civilian work, remodeling, working on cars, clipped knives were never lost. Some deserved it, but it still wouldn't happen.

    One difficulty with the survey is that some knives can't and don't offer a means to change the orientation of the clip. You get it and use it the way it is. No choice - like the BM Risk, I would prefer tip down, it comes tip up and you're stuck with it. I leave it the way it is, because in real life it makes no effective difference - the human body gets used to it and familiarity will be achieved. Plus, on the Risk, there is the difficulty of putting the larger end of the knife at the pocket opening, which makes it more restrictive to get your hand in. There are tradeoffs in every orientation - there is no "best," just what works better for that knife and the carrier.

    Basically, the survey really can't tell much when most knives are not configured to offer all the options. It will basically record what fe people will go out of their way to tell you, not necessarily what the majority actually do. That was decided for them by the maker, whether we liked it or not.
  11. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    The most secure way to carry would be in either a zippered inner pocket or a belt sheath with a combination velcro/snap closure.

    I've used strongside pocket clipped, IWB clipped, sheath, and (with the old 511 Covert Khakis) clipped in a magazine pocket in the zippered security pocket. When on whitewater I've used the inner pocket of boat shorts. There's a time place for all of it.
  12. Speedo66

    Speedo66 Well-Known Member

    No choice in the poll for non-clipped! :D

    I don't wish to broadcast I'm carrying a knife, it stays deep in my pocket without being clipped. It's also illegal to carry clipped (visible) in the closest big city.

    For the record, it's a SOG Twitch II.
  13. USAF_Vet

    USAF_Vet Well-Known Member

    I carry tip up (hinge down) clipped weak side.
    Strong side is where my pistol resides, so that's my go to defensive piece.

    On the occasion I carry two knives, the second rides strong side rear of my holster, hinge down, tip up.
  14. alsask

    alsask Well-Known Member

    I allways use a belt sheath. There are no laws against carrying a knife here, other than into a bar or drinking establishment.
  15. Deltaboy

    Deltaboy Well-Known Member

    I carry Them tip up or tip down in my back pocket or on my belt.
  16. JohnKSa

    JohnKSa Well-Known Member

    Wow, you must wear your pants REALLY loose. I can't imagine a knife working its way out of my waistband and never noticing anything at all until it was gone.
  17. lemaymiami

    lemaymiami Well-Known Member

    John, perhaps a photo will help.... I'm the fat boy at the stern and this is my office. That fish is just a puppy... Most days I'm dressed like this, face cover, gloves, long sleeve shirts and long pants - even in August...
  18. dayhiker

    dayhiker Well-Known Member

    I carry my 0301 daily. With a knife this size and weight I removed the pocket clip and carry tip up in the back pocket of my jeans. It just takes up too much room clipped in a front pocket. But I am old enough to remember when knives didn't have clips :rolleyes: .

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  19. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member


    I have the same issue. Skinny guys don't get it.;)
  20. lemaymiami

    lemaymiami Well-Known Member

    Some months I'm in that old skiff more than I'm out of it....

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