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What folder features for gloved hands??

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by danez71, Sep 12, 2021.

  1. danez71

    danez71 Member

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    Thumble stud or hole? Flipper? Assised or not? Which lock types are best?

    I'm finding myself donning a pair of light gloves more often, impromptu, and not wearing a fixed blade.

    Any guidance on this? Inexpensive suggestions to try?
     
  2. JohnKSa

    JohnKSa Moderator Staff Member

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    I like a large round thumbholes like Spyderco uses. They are easy to operate with fingers or gloves and, most importantly to me, they do not tear up your pockets like thumbstuds (or other similar approaches) can.

    Small thumbholes/slits/etc. are a different story. Thumb studs work better than the small thumbholes/slits from a purely operational standpoint, but they are still hard on pockets.
     
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    What about lock type? Do you have a preference based on experience while gloved?

    Lock back maybe?

    Maybe I should locate & try my Buck Spitfire


    I tend to prefer thumb holes for the same reasons.


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    Interesting. Thanks. I'll consider that.

    I started using a gerber EAB for 'office carry' several yrs ago and found it so handy, light, and pocket friendly I carried it all the time. I took off the clip to make it even more pocket friendly as it doesn't scratch my phone either.
     
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  6. JohnKSa

    JohnKSa Moderator Staff Member

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    Almost all of my locking blade knives are the kind with the release on the spine, but that's really more to do with what I think is the more secure locking type than it is about easy manipulation.
     
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  7. Armored farmer

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    I carry my eab Gerber daily in my watch pocket. I was reaching for the 'like' button until you said you removed the pocket clip!:eek::eek::eek:
    There's no dislike button, FYI.
     
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  8. ms6852

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    In the winter I carry a butterfly knife, easy to open with gloves.
     
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  9. Rexster

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    Another vote of confidence in the Spyderco hole.
     
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    I understand the faces, lol.

    I'm not the biggest fan of tip up carry which the EAB is & it doesn't really have a closed bias either. I had it open a little using the clip...but never tried the watch pocket of jeans; I wear shorts a lot if not at work.

    In the office, a clip showing somehow turned it into a forbidden 'weapon' against company policy whereas without the clip it was just considered a box opener like used in the warehouse. Logic be damned.


    It actually works very well for me with out the clip. Lay it on the long spine side and it never thinks about opening and doesn't tumble in my pocket with a phone when wearing office pants (or looser shorts).

    I get the initial concern though.
     
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    That never even occurred to me. Thanks.

    Gives me an excuse to buy my 1st butterfly knife to try. :D
     
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  12. Rexster

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    I prefer tip-down carry, myself, for most carry scenarios. I have removed clips from knives that are tip-up carry, unless they have a strong bias toward remaining closed, and have well-buried tips, or, are blunt-tipped.

    And, yes, for a while, I had a chief who did not allow us to carry pocket knives that were the least bit visible. Chief, as in police chief. We open-carried our duty pistols, but, a pocket knife had to be totally concealed, clip and all. Actually, a policy, in place long before he was hired to be our chief, specified that all weapons, other than the primary duty weapon, had to be concealed. But, really, sir, is a Spyderco Rescue, or a Spyderco Assist, a weapon?
     
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    Okay then, that explains everything....I hit the 'like button, lol
     
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    Over sensitive office politics are an issue. At that point ANY knife could be targeted.

    Cold weather, I go to a Lightning OTF.
     
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    For the money any of the Spyderco's are a great choice. The Delica is small enough to easily carry without using the clip.

    These have been discontinued, but can be found if you look. They were made by Benchmade specifically for military air crews. They have the hole as well as a wide blade making it easier to grab with gloves. They also have laser etching on the blade edge so it is easier to grasp with gloves. I found one at a discounted price and like it. Unfortunately the only ones I can find at the moment are on Ebay and at premium prices.


    Benchmade 737 Aileron Steve Tarani S30V Drop Point Black G10 AXIS Lock Folder USA Made (knivesplus.com)


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    I'm not a fan of Spyderco anything, and do not care for the flick hole deployment, or their compression lock. They just don't do it for me, and I feel Spydercos are over priced for what you get. But they do seem to work. The one Spyderco I own is a Yojumbo, and I will keep it for what it is, a defensive tool. But I don't see myself ever buying more.

    Personally for one handed deployment I've really settled on flippers with a frame lock. They do everything I need, including deploy with a gloved hand. The one thing I'd recommend though is go with a tall blade, like maybe a Wharncliffe or a sheep's foot blade. These blade shapes require a taller handle to accommodate the blade size. The down side is it is wider in the pocket. The up side is it provides more room on the handle to grasp and then flip the knife, without having your hand inadvertently put pressure on the lock bar. I picture this being a little more of a possibility when wearing gloves.

    If two handed deployment is a thing, I'd skip the flipper entirely and go for a back lock stile knife.

    JMO. Take it with a grain of salt.
     
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    A push-button.:evil:
     
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  18. LiveLife

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    I think you will find the new S&W spring assisted Velocite folder to meet your "gloved hand" very well at an attractive price - https://www.thehighroad.org/index.php?threads/what-was-the-last-knife-you-bought.856600/page-30#post-12052128

    UPDATE: Found one for $21.95 online - https://www.knifecenter.com/item/SW1122573/smith-wesson-velocite-assisted-opening-flipper-knife-black-clip-point-blade-textured-black-polymer-handles

    And on Amazon for $23 - https://www.amazon.com/Velocite-Assisted-Folding-Tactical-Survival/dp/B07Z8L4N9T


    A little nudge with index finger on the blade nub is all it takes to lock open with a positive "Click". I have been using the new knife for several weeks now and really like the assisted one-handed opening feature.

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