Low ride clips. Not for me.

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by manowar669, Dec 4, 2013.

  1. Grind it off? :D
     

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  2. evilgreg

    evilgreg Why so serious? Gold Member

    Dec 25, 2012
    That's a good start. The STR clip does actually change the way the knife rides in the pocket in another way too, though, it hangs straighter and sits better as a result. You wouldn't think it would make much of a difference, but I can tell immediately if I carry one of my stock Southards. Admittedly, I have issues, as I probably don't need five of them ;)
     
  3. Syncharmony

    Syncharmony

    156
    Oct 22, 2013
    I plan on getting a Southard soon and basically first order of business is an STR clip for it, second is some scales from Steve.


    In general I like deep carry clips, but I also don't carry many big folders. I think for a hefty big folder, a deep carry clip can be a detriment because it becomes a pocket pendulum.
     
  4. Kazeryu

    Kazeryu

    960
    Nov 7, 2005
    I'll have to disagree as well. Aside from aesthetics and practicality, my biggest reason for not buying a knife is if it has an obnoxiously high clip.

    Sadly, this disqualifies the majority of knives.

    Since I carry IWB near 1 O'clock (whereever the first belt loop is) and I'm relatively trim, high clips have three major problems:
    1) they make the knife incredibly conspicuous
    2) the high end of the knife tends to poke into my belly all the time while seated, and
    3) knives, being given a taste of freedom above my belt, frequently attempt to escape by working loose.
     
  5. BladeScout

    BladeScout Basic Member Basic Member

    May 16, 2010
    Same here. As hinted at in a previous post, I simply dont suffer from that 'Action Man' mentality, where its a priority for me to be able to whip out my pocket knife in the blink of an eye.
    I prefer to have my knife stay securely in my pocket until needed. It is takes a little while longer to get the knife out of my pocket, thats not even a consideration in my world - let alone something I worry about.

    Ditto.
     
  6. BladeScout

    BladeScout Basic Member Basic Member

    May 16, 2010
    Show the other side.....?
     
  7. MaxFactor

    MaxFactor Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 26, 2012
    Exactly what I was thinking...
     
  8. evilgreg

    evilgreg Why so serious? Gold Member

    Dec 25, 2012
    Ha, I wasn't actually trying to show the clip, just a shot of the knife in question. Here you go, though, a shot of some random deep carry clip knives, Southard with old-style STR clip is third from the right:

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    I lined them up in this photo to show roughly how much knife is still showing for each, comparatively.
     
  9. MaxFactor

    MaxFactor Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 26, 2012
    Southard looks extremely good with that clip. Thumbs up for the Benchmade Contego.

    How does the ZT 0777 carry?
     
  10. evilgreg

    evilgreg Why so serious? Gold Member

    Dec 25, 2012
    I don't carry it, and it's not a real 0777. A while back when everyone kept saying the Chinese clones were complete garbage I bought a few clones of models I had no intention or desire to every purchase to test the theory (they're not crap, incidentally), and the 0777 clone was one of them. When I did try it, it kind of flopped around in the pocket--it's a big knife, with a teeny clip, and it swings around a bit.

    I have STR clips on most of my Southards at this point, and I love them.
     
  11. evilgreg

    evilgreg Why so serious? Gold Member

    Dec 25, 2012
    I guess I do have a thing for deep carry clips. Here are the knives I currently rotate though as my daily carry, for the most part:

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    . . . and they all have deep carry clips.
     
  12. MaxFactor

    MaxFactor Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 26, 2012
    You own a knock off 0777?! :eek: [Cue angry mob] Get the tar and feathers! :p

    Well I've gotta say, you've got some seriously beautiful Southards man.
     
  13. BladeScout

    BladeScout Basic Member Basic Member

    May 16, 2010
    Those STR clips are nice, not that I mind the look of the original Soouthard pocket clip (a great knife, sadly I dont own one).

    I must be one of the few who like the original Southard clip and seemingly the ONLY one who is a big fan of the orignal khaki handle slab, LOL
     
  14. MaxFactor

    MaxFactor Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 26, 2012
    You own a knock off 0777?! :eek: [Cue angry mob] Get the tar and feathers! :p

    Well I've gotta say, you've got some seriously beautiful Southards man.
     
  15. manowar669

    manowar669

    Oct 1, 2002
    I do not suffer from action man syndrome either. I'm just pointing out that, for me, having a knife deep in the pocket is like not having a knife at all (almost). If you work with gloves a lot, it's nearly impossible to get a low-ride knife out of a pocket. Taking gloves off and on again 50 times an hour means it will take you twice as long to do what you're doing. These are my needs. If I need to put down a sack of fertilizer, take both hands to get my gloves off to fish out the knife and cut open the sack, then put the gloves back on and work with the fertilizer and then go get 27 more sacks of fertilizer, it'll take forever. Just my needs, I need a one-hand knife I can get to. Same if you're on a ladder, or in a crawl space, etc. Just me, you know, working. If I'm at my day job (medical lab), or shopping or whatever, then a deep carry clip is fine, although at work in a hospital, ANY clip, deep carry or not, will draw scrutiny.
     
  16. nccole

    nccole

    Jun 2, 2011
    I like them, and go out of my way to make my favorite knives low-riders. It has nothing to do with how fast I can or cannot get it out, or how secure the knife is in my pocket. I personally stick my thumb down my pocket as far as I can on the knife scale and my middle finger on the clip on the outside and pull out, so knife sticking out or not does not affect how I draw it out. I just simply do not like a bunch of knife sticking out of my pocket. I think it looks silly, and if too much sticks out it pokes me when I sit. I love Spyderco's wire clip, and if I had it my way every knife would have that clip. Kershaw's deep carry (Echelon, 801, and others) is not a good clip imo. It is not just about it carrying deep or not, a good clip lets the knife slip all the way down on the bend, and its screws do not interfere with jeans.

    I believe the only Spyderco I own with its stock clip are the wire clip models, and I swap those around too. I don't think I have a single knife with its factory clip.
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    I even went so far as to have my Chokwe milled to accept a wire clip.
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    One of the very first STR clips for the Southard, at the time he said he wasn't making anymore of these.

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    Last edited: Dec 4, 2013
  17. Daddyo16

    Daddyo16

    Jan 12, 2012
    Similar mounting to that of the Kershaw Blur, for which I wish I could find something in low ride flavor.
     
  18. So do you have to use a longer screw through the standoff to mount the clip? Or will the stock one work?
     
  19. nccole

    nccole

    Jun 2, 2011
    Steve sent one that would work. I don't recall, but I guess it was longer. That was why he initially said he would not be making this clip anymore. He was running out of screws to send with the clips. They were coming from some cheap Chinese knife he had bought a bunch just for parts.
     
  20. nccole

    nccole

    Jun 2, 2011
    I don't own a Blur, but maybe another guy with this clip and a Blur could show you a mock up. I have no issues with tweaking these clips, or drilling the holes out slightly if need be. The clip on my Domino needed tweaking. You can tell if you look closely.
     

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