So someone saw my pocket clip and -- "You carry a knife!"...

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So someone saw my pocket clip and -- "You carry a knife!"...

Postby lonerider1013 » Wed Jan 09, 2019 2:11 pm

So I was at the doctor and he saw my pocketknife and said "oh, you have a spyderknife!" I showed it to him, then explained I prefer them because the hole makes them real easy to open since I injured my one side. "The only knife I'm comfortable opening with that hand" I said. He agreed and said he had one too and preferred the spyderco hole opening.
First time anyone ever noticed I carried a knife unless I had it in hand lol.
Since he was a surfer I should have in retrospect told him about the new native salt...

I know folk often worry about someone seeing their knives or make a big deal about how folk react to knives (i have in the past, sometimes) but this was new -- a positive experience and someone appreciating the knife as a good design.
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It was the wharncliffe btw..

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Re: So someone saw my pocket clip and -- "You carry a knife!"...

Postby Evil D » Wed Jan 09, 2019 2:13 pm

I spotted a Yojimbo 1 at a dentist's office once and had to chat about it. I happened to have the Yojimbo 2 on me so it was a fun chance to compare the two.
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Re: So someone saw my pocket clip and -- "You carry a knife!"...

Postby vivi » Wed Jan 09, 2019 2:17 pm

I have never had, nor seen anyone else have a negative experience due to a visible pocket clip.

I have never had, nor seen anyone else have a negative experience due to an open carried fixed blade.

I firmly believe this issue has been blown out of proportion online. I don't doubt that it has happened here and there, but it isn't something one needs to worry about in most parts of my country.

I've had experiences similar to yours. Someone noticed my pocket clips and asks what kind of knife I carry, while pulling theirs out to show off as well. Great conversation starter!

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Re: So someone saw my pocket clip and -- "You carry a knife!"...

Postby Doeswhateveraspidercan » Wed Jan 09, 2019 3:08 pm

Most people never notice and few care as long as you do not get close to them with an open blade. This is a point I am always very careful about.

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Re: So someone saw my pocket clip and -- "You carry a knife!"...

Postby FK » Wed Jan 09, 2019 3:41 pm

In most corporate facilities a knife of any kind is classified as a "weapon" and is not allowed.

Everyone must read and sign off the "Employee Handbook",, done deal.

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Re: So someone saw my pocket clip and -- "You carry a knife!"...

Postby Crux » Wed Jan 09, 2019 5:16 pm

FK wrote:
Wed Jan 09, 2019 3:41 pm
In most unfriendly corporate facilities a knife of any kind is classified as a "weapon" and is not allowed.
I fixed it for you.
Can you find it and can it cut? :eek:

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Postby lonerider1013 » Wed Jan 09, 2019 5:20 pm

RThey'll be even more likely to see it now as later today I did some filework on the clip...
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Re: So someone saw my pocket clip and -- "You carry a knife!"...

Postby ZrowsN1s » Wed Jan 09, 2019 6:43 pm

I've shared a few negative knife stories here on the forum, so I'll share a positive one.

At my job we regularly get clients that are Military and LEO. A few months ago, I noticed two of our clients were carring pocket knives, and one of them had an all black patch on his bag that I recognized as Michael Janich's MBC logo. Naturally I had to ask about the patch and ask them what they were carrying. They were both carrying Zero Tolerance folders, and the guy with MBC patch said he had recently attended an MBC training camp with Mr. Janich (I was jealous). We talked a little bit about the Yojimbo, and about Spyderco which he didn't know much about. He then asked what I was carrying, at which point I showed him my Shaman and let him play around with it (I don't usually hand my knife to strangers but an MBC patch is good street cred). I could see the knife envy :D He said he really liked it. I think I may have made a spydie convert.
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Re: So someone saw my pocket clip and -- "You carry a knife!"...

Postby holeshot » Wed Jan 09, 2019 7:32 pm

When people ask me what the clip in my pocket is, I reply, it’s just a pocket button. :D
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Re: So someone saw my pocket clip and -- "You carry a knife!"...

Postby Naperville » Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:21 pm

ZrowsN1s wrote:
Wed Jan 09, 2019 6:43 pm
I've shared a few negative knife stories here on the forum, so I'll share a positive one.

At my job we regularly get clients that are Military and LEO. A few months ago, I noticed two of our clients were carring pocket knives, and one of them had an all black patch on his bag that I recognized as Michael Janich's MBC logo. Naturally I had to ask about the patch and ask them what they were carrying. They were both carrying Zero Tolerance folders, and the guy with MBC patch said he had recently attended an MBC training camp with Mr. Janich (I was jealous). We talked a little bit about the Yojimbo, and about Spyderco which he didn't know much about. He then asked what I was carrying, at which point I showed him my Shaman and let him play around with it (I don't usually hand my knife to strangers but an MBC patch is good street cred). I could see the knife envy :D He said he really liked it. I think I may have made a spydie convert.
I live in DuPage County in Illinois. About 5yrs ago I had the opportunity to study once or twice with a student in/of MBC in Northern Illinois suburbs. If the guy had lived 20 to 30 minutes away from me, I'd still be there studying with him.

If an MBC class starts up in DuPage county, I'll join in. The material looks sensible, and that is what counts.
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Re: So someone saw my pocket clip and -- "You carry a knife!"...

Postby vivi » Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:33 pm

Crux wrote:
Wed Jan 09, 2019 5:16 pm
FK wrote:
Wed Jan 09, 2019 3:41 pm
In most unfriendly corporate facilities a knife of any kind is classified as a "weapon" and is not allowed.
I fixed it for you.
Yup. My last corporate job had a strict no weapons policy. I carried a Police 3 and Micra every day, and used the P3 to slice apples at lunch. It was a tool for me and not a weapon, so no one cared.

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Re: So someone saw my pocket clip and -- "You carry a knife!"...

Postby FK » Thu Jan 10, 2019 8:40 am

Vivi,

I have told the story in the past, prior to retirement, I was a senior corp V.P.
While at the copy machine, it ran out of paper, I used my Delica to remove the wrapper. Our new female accountant was nearby and exclaimed loudly about my "weapon". She ran down to the president's office and complained.
Well he called me in and smiled,, opened his center desk drawer and showed off two new engraved custom pocket knives.
He requested I keep the Delica inside my pocket, not clipped, and we had a pleasant discussion on knives.

Regards,
FK

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Postby MichaelScott » Thu Jan 10, 2019 8:49 am

You realize of course that if you do everything right, eat the right foods, exercise, meditate, think positive thoughts, stay away from evil people, sharp objects, guns, knives and certain chemicals you will live forever.
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Re: So someone saw my pocket clip and -- "You carry a knife!"...

Postby Zatx » Thu Jan 10, 2019 8:59 am

FK wrote:
Wed Jan 09, 2019 3:41 pm
In most corporate facilities a knife of any kind is classified as a "weapon" and is not allowed.

Everyone must read and sign off the "Employee Handbook",, done deal.

Regards,
FK

I don't carry knives, I carry pocket cutting tools. ;)

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Re: So someone saw my pocket clip and -- "You carry a knife!"...

Postby vivi » Thu Jan 10, 2019 1:19 pm

FK wrote:
Thu Jan 10, 2019 8:40 am
Vivi,

I have told the story in the past, prior to retirement, I was a senior corp V.P.
While at the copy machine, it ran out of paper, I used my Delica to remove the wrapper. Our new female accountant was nearby and exclaimed loudly about my "weapon". She ran down to the president's office and complained.
Well he called me in and smiled,, opened his center desk drawer and showed off two new engraved custom pocket knives.
He requested I keep the Delica inside my pocket, not clipped, and we had a pleasant discussion on knives.

Regards,
FK
That's an awesome story :)

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Postby jezabel » Thu Jan 10, 2019 3:27 pm

In the last ten years I've had one person point out a knife in my pocket.
I don't conceal my carry but at the same time I don't advertise it either. Hence my preference for black pocket clips.

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Postby Bill1170 » Thu Jan 10, 2019 5:08 pm

Situational awareness includes knowing when it’s a good idea to unclip and deep pocket carry. I’ve never been hassled about my knives. Thanking my lucky stars, but also my awareness of the people around me.

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Postby wsdavies » Thu Jan 10, 2019 5:19 pm

I taught Jr. High for 7 years and had a Spydero in my pocket every single day I was there. Only twice did students notice I have a clip in my pocket (I mostly carried something with a wire clip (Manix LW, Caly, or UKPK) Both times I said it's a Spyderco and they both said cool, my dad has one of those. :D

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Postby Pelagic » Thu Jan 10, 2019 5:42 pm

If Nick Shabazz refuses to call something a weapon, it's not a weapon.

(anything larger than a delica is a weapon of war, but the delica is a gem)
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Re: So someone saw my pocket clip and -- "You carry a knife!"...

Postby Michael Janich » Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:06 am

ZrowsN1s wrote:
Wed Jan 09, 2019 6:43 pm
I've shared a few negative knife stories here on the forum, so I'll share a positive one.

At my job we regularly get clients that are Military and LEO. A few months ago, I noticed two of our clients were carring pocket knives, and one of them had an all black patch on his bag that I recognized as Michael Janich's MBC logo. Naturally I had to ask about the patch and ask them what they were carrying. They were both carrying Zero Tolerance folders, and the guy with MBC patch said he had recently attended an MBC training camp with Mr. Janich (I was jealous). We talked a little bit about the Yojimbo, and about Spyderco which he didn't know much about. He then asked what I was carrying, at which point I showed him my Shaman and let him play around with it (I don't usually hand my knife to strangers but an MBC patch is good street cred). I could see the knife envy :D He said he really liked it. I think I may have made a spydie convert.
Thank you for sharing this. It's always great to hear about my MBCers representing our Family well!

BTW, for Chicago-area folk, both Team Spartan and Forteza Fitness are offering MBC training with some of my certified instructors. If you're looking to get involved, the resources are there.

Thanks again!

Stay safe,

Mike


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