Into The Fray 166: How To Carry Your Knife

Defensive tactics trainer Mike Janich suggests you carry your tactical folding knife clipped to your the strong side pocket in a tip-up configuration. This gives you …

26 thoughts on “Into The Fray 166: How To Carry Your Knife

  1. RC says:

    The tip-up knives of any real quality are a pain to find. SOOO many manufacturers make them tip-down with no option to move the clip. I got lucky, and found a great deal for a Kershaw tip-up at my local gun show. Still took four years to find one that wasn't $200 or more.

  2. link2derek says:

    It depends how you draw the knife. Watch, when Michael reaches to his pocket to draw his knife, he cocks his wrist forward, and in that position tip up works best. But if you cock your wrist rearward, then tip down works best. With practice, either method can be quick and efficient.

  3. Yama85 Yamakassi85 says:

    I carry a knife tip up and forward. The knife has a hook in the middle, and a ring on the handle (no spring assist), this way all that needs to be done is just pull on the ring and the hook will open the knife by catching the pocket. It is shaped similar to a karambit, but without curve.

  4. soulwave268 says:

    I will admit i dident read very far into the comments but i am fairly certain the other knife clip position is for people like me that are left handed. If you put the clip on your left pocket it changes things

  5. Tony Allison says:

    I have carried many kinds of knives for many years and I prefer tip down but clipped in the back pocket, not the front. I can draw just as smooth and fast and there is no worry about the knife opening in the pocket because (just as he said for the tip up in the front pocket) the back of the blade is against the seam of the pocket.

  6. Bradley S says:

    If carrying both a ccw firearm as well as an edc knife, please cover some tactical decision scenarios in which you would draw the knife instead of the gun.

    Does defensively drawing a knife on someone require similar elements as drawing a gun (imminent lethal threat, etc)? If I truly and reasonably fear those elements exist, wouldn't drawing the knife instead of (or before) drawing the gun not only compromise my survivability of the encounter, but also compromise my legal defense?

  7. Paul Rosales says:

    My opinion weak side carry. need to be able to access firearm on the strong side . weak side carry also gives you option on drawing with the left and right hand. Look into draw cut in one motion.

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  9. Rice Villatoro says:

    A tactical folding knife??? Folding knives are good for sharpening tooth picks and opening boxes and letters! If you carry a knife for tactical, survival you should carry a fixed blade, full tang knife and avoid the headaches of a folder. I'm not going to place my trust on the single screw that holds a folding knife together, man, forget that crap, I trust my full tang 5'' fixed blade knife, I just whip it out and don't have to fumble it open like a folder and it will never fail me. Folders are just too risky and anything can go wrong with them, but not with a fixed, full tang blade, I carry it on my belt and it's easy to deploy. Folders are for work related things and cutting cardboard, and for people that want to get killed!! full tangs are for tactical and survival, a Man's knife.

  10. Solocanoe says:

    well….I think WEAK SIDE carry is better IFyou carry a firearm strong side. I do. The knife is only gonna get used if the firearm isn't available or already deployed and in a grapple. ALSO I think a WAVE opening is faster and easier – it's zero movements other than a draw. I carry a wave opening benchmade…weak side…and then everything else I agree with.

  11. prdanpr 82 says:

    My view on folders they are a cutting tool, in my state it's legal to carry any knife concealed or non, my favorite knife I carry horizontal on my belt , it sits nice and flushed and no one can see it I can deploy it fast than any folder and it is stronger and more useful than a folder, I do carry a folder as well so I don't freak out anyone if I have to cut something

  12. pjamese3 says:

    Something I noticed when he was demonstrating tip down draw. He was (intentionally?) drawing the knife wrong. I've been carrying folding knives tip down for around 30 years and you don't pull from the front like that. OF COURSE that will give you an ineffective 2-finger grip. To do it right, you carry your knife down an inch or two from the back corner of your pocket. That allows you to put your hand behind the knife – not in front of it – and you'll have better grip by the time it clears your pocket. A quick pivot up into your palm with 2 end fingers and a flick of your thumb and you're good to go. Practice that a little and you'll be about as fast as a spring-asisted tip up knife.

    Or you can try it that (intentionally? – I hope.) bass-ackwards way that was demonstrated. Try both at home and like my connent if my way works better.

  13. pjamese3 says:

    I guess he's selling his method of tip up knife carry. It's just a training issue. I've carried a (non-spring loaded) knife since shortly after I got to my 1st Army unit. That was 30 years ago. Since days after I started carrying a knife, I've been able to pull it out of my pocket with a good, solid purchase, pivot the knife up into my palm quickly with my two end fingers and snap the blade out quickly and forcefully with my thumb. There was no pulling it out with 2 fingers or dropping it or fumbling with it. Hell, when my fellow NCO's and I were bored, we'd pass the time standing around drawing and opening our knives as smoothly a effectively awe could. It wasn't that difficult. We'd even get some of the soldiers into it and got them proficient in an hour or two of practice. Training issue.

    I've tried spring-assisted knives and didn't really like them. (They felt like cheating. LOL.) Also safety-wise, if one of those opened point down in my pocket, it would just press up against the other edge of the pocket. One never ripped through and the angle and direction of the blade allowed me to close it still in the pocket or safely pull it out. Conversely, it seems that a point up knife that opened in your pocket would be more hazardous. First, the blade would open and naturally wedge itself in your pocket. Second, when you reach in your pocket to try and close or remove the knife, you're reaching to a sharp blade facing up. I never had those issues with a non-spring assisted knife.

  14. Caleb Hodson says:

    I carry the Smith and Wesson Black Ops folder. I love it. Unlock the safety, press the thumb switch on the handle, and snap. Blade flies open and locks. German 4034 high carbon stainless steel for razor sharp edge retention and easy sharpening.

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