It depends on what I'm wearing, but I almost never clip to my right front pocket.
- Standard wear outside of work 1/2 the year. Folders only, any fixed blades go in a pack. I always clip IWB behind my dominant side hip, like this
- I only wear these for job interviews or court, so maybe
once every few years. For the former, I clip whatever to my right front pocket, for the latter obviously I have no knives on me.
Regular shorts or pants
- I shop for shorts and pants that have pockets on the side of the right leg, so I can keep my right front pocket clear for easy access to my large phone. Even if I'm not carrying my phone I'll still clip here, it's more comfortable for me.
Fixed blade carry
- I use a method I have never seen anyone else use. I've tried ulticlips,g-clips, tek-loks, static cord setups, in pocket carry and more. But nothing beats a simple paracord loop for me. I remove the internals from the paracord first, make a loop on the top corner of the sheath, tie a loop, trim and melt the ends. You're looking at about 3¢ in materials.
It has much less bulk than g-clips and tek-loks. It stays flatter if I want to pocket carry or toss it in a pack. It's cheaper than any other carry attachment. I can switch carry to regular or reverse grip draw without having to even loosen my belt, much less having to grab tools to switch a clip to the other side. It works perfectly for hip carry or appendix carry, left hand or right hand draw, strong side or weak side.
It is the most versatile and comfortable setup I have tried, and I have given a lot of thought on how to comfortably EDC fixed blades. By altering the length of the rope you can give it a more discreet or more accessible carry height.
video of drawing & sheathing at casual speed - https://streamable.com/9hubtc
video of how one loop can accomodate a variety of carry styles - https://streamable.com/b2064e
I think this is the first time I've shared this method on the forum, so forgive all the photos:
First I loop it on to my belt.
Then I tuck the sheath IWB. Here's strong side appendix carry, my favorite method for carrying my Street Beat.
If I want to be discreet, I can push the handle down and it's virtually unnoticeable.
Shirt untucked and it's invisible.
Untucked 3 o clock carry.
Tucked 3 o clock carry.
If I want to switch to reverse draw I suck in my gut and flip the knife around. It's a two second process. I need a torx driver to do that with a G-clip.
I find tucking the sheath into my waist band helps prevent the knife from catching on things, flopping around, rattling, and keeps it out of the way in general. If you are able to conceal carry legally, it also offers unprecedented discretion.
After carrying like this, carrying the "normal" way feels like clipping a folder to the outside of my pocket. It just feels wrong for EDC. For bushcrafters and long knives like choppers and machetes I'll carry them lower and on the outside of my waistband. Especially if I'm wearing my hiking pack with a thick hip belt, low ride sheaths are a must.
I'd be interested to hear feedback from other people that have tried this.
(please, lets not talk about my shoe problem