EDCing Fixed blade knives- Why and How?

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  1. BushcrafterAU

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    I’m wanting to EDC my fixed blade, probably in a backpack, but I’d like to find a more practical way to carry one. It’d be my Real Steel Bushcraft II with a 4 inch blade so I’m not sure whether it would even be an option to carry it on your person. But, there might be a way.
    (By the way, knife laws here basically say you can carry any knife as long as it’s not an illegal one (switchblade etc) and you have a good reason. Good reasons include Food preparation, Participation in a lawful recreation or sport, etc. )
    I would prefer to carry a fixed blade simply because it is stronger and easier to clean.

    So how do you EDC a larger fixed blade knife, and what is your reason as to why you would carry one over a folder?
     
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    I have been EDC'ing a fixed blade for a while (less than 4 inches) and use it as my "steak knife". :4:

    I figger if I'm questioned I won't be lying if I said that it was custom made for me ( by me :rolleyes: ) and I use it because of my carpal tunnel syndrome.
     
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    Same as you. Stronger, easier to clean, versatile and always ready to rock.
    I currently edc a esee3 with stock sheath and clip
    I currently carry it IWB, strong side.

    I stupidly left it at work since I had to take it off before a meeting so I don't have a picture yet, will snap and post one in the am.
     

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    Hopefully where you put it.
     
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    Yes ofc. I will snap a pic in the usual position I carry it. I will say the only time it is slightly uncomfortable is when I'm driving due to the attachment screws. I pull the handle back making the blade portion go forward relieving the pressure from the seatbelt.
     
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    I EDC an esee 6, strong side, in the standard sheath. I dig the clip. It allows me to quickly transfer it from my pants to my tools at work.

    I have been asked about it a lot too. By coworkers, people on the street, What have you. My answer is always the same "I spend a lot of time in the woods and I use it all the time at work" never had a problem after that.
     
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    Lucky ya. It's apparently a weapon at work so that's why its IWB so I can put my shirt over it.
     
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    I work construction lol all my tools are tools as long as they are used as such. I guess in a field where you carry around a hammer daily, a knife isnt a big deal. If I ever get crap about weapons, I just politely let them know that all my tools could be used as such. It's all about intent.
     
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    Amen
     
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    That's what I told my asset protections guy. I told him the pen I wear on the collar or the store approved box cutter is equally dangerous as the knife. He didn't take that kindly
     
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    Some at work stated that mu 2 inch peanut was a weapon. I promptly explained that my stethoscope was a far superior weapon, and not nearly as handy.
     
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    In my pocket. I have others that fit also.
     
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    Fiddleback Forge Esquire is perfect. Pocket sheath is great too.
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    I too edc an @Jim L. steak knife. For steak of course. Y’all should see the looks we’ve received when we dine together. If I remember correctly a waitress gave Jim an actual steak knife to take home once because he deemed unfit and unworthy of service.
     
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    My EDC fixed isn't for everyday chores. I wear on in addition to any folder that I carry. Self defense and minor SHTF situations. I wear one IWB or outside. No moving parts, always sharp....

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    I scout carry a 4-5.5" fixed blade all day every because I can, given my usual environment and dress. I also carry a 2.75" fixed blade horizontally at my appendix. Both blades tuck up nicely and aren't hardly noticeable with my shirt untucked. The only comments I ever get about the one in the back if it's showing is, "that's the way to carry a knife" or similar, no lie. Scout carry is great because I don't worry about sweat rolling down the handle into the sheath, the handle never digs into my body and the knife is not in the way of a pistol holster.
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    image.jpeg I have a rotation of knives that I carry, here's what it is right now. I wear overalls a lot so the neck knife isn't really noticeable, and the folder goes in my right leg tool pocket. In Missouri the length limit unless hunting is 4 inches.
     
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    @Torrin , those are incredible sheath systems. Please tell me more about them.
    I EDC a fixed blade a lot of the time, primarily carried IWB at the 4:00 position, otherwise it's outside the jeans but under the belt.
    Why? Mostly because I just enjoy carrying a fixed blade, although I'd be hard pressed to argue that they're superior to a good folder for non-task-specific, general EDC carry.
    In fact, I would say in all honesty that for general EDC a GOOD folder is a much more logical choice.
    But I still really enjoy carrying my fixed blades!!
     
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    I EDC in my front pocket a Wood Thrush from Evan. A little big for it but handy nonetheless.

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    @Ptpalpha thanks! I made them. They are ambidextrous but some need a little mod of the kydex lock to switch. The one on top does not. I also make them with a deep seat, without the kydex.
    They can be carried scout, high vertical or dropped with dangler. Those pictured both have danglers that are tucked behind in the photo.
    I will make a more detailed thread on them soon with more pictures, they aren't very difficult to make.
     
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    Where I live I just have mine right on my hip. I have a Condor bushlore and its right out in the open. I do have a back up in my Haversack that I have on me at all time. And my Opinel #8 in my front pocket as well. I hope this helps. Prov 27:17
     
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    I switched to a fixed blade for daily carry about two years ago and won't look back. I had a custom knife made up with a 4" blade, a fairly short handle and a slight blade/handle angle. I carry it IWB appendix and the short handle makes it pretty hard to notice (for me or others). With a normal grip it is only a 3-finger handle but most of the time I use it I'm choked up on it some way or another. Main use? Seam ripper...
     
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    I carry a 4.5in blade in a standard leather shesth, just in front of where a pistol would be. I've had a knife there every day for the last 6 years.
     
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    I carry a 3-4” blade on my belt when im not working.
     
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    These are very nice! I think I would have problems re-sheathing my knife though. With practice I’m sure it is fine.
     
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    Thanks @Kona9, yeah it's a little different. It's not much harder than a vertical sheath on the belt at 3 o'clock or further back. I just touch my thumb to the opening of the sheath to be sure where it's at before sheathing the knife.
     
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    Nice thing about a fixed blade is it's already open when you pull it from sheath. Some relatives seem a bit uncomfortable with a knife on my belt, but there are lots of good folders I carry as well.
     
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    True.

    I am fortunate that 50% of my wife's family consists of LEOs and former military, so no worries on being uncomfortable there.
    My side I haven't seen in 7 years except my grandmother and mom so no worries there
     
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    I carry a BRKT Mini-BushCrafter in CPM 3V steel.
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    The little knife resides in a pocket scabbard with a pen. I also carry the knife in a kydex sheath in a cross-draw configuration.

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    BushcrafterAU. I don't think you had sub 4" blades in mind but here I go with my 2 cents anyway.
    I prefer to pocket or belt carry the little g3 over a folder sometimes. It's out of the way rummaging thru pockets but is pretty comfortable on the belt . I rigged up a retention strap for it from bungge cord if I'm doing something that I might be worried about it falling from the stock sheath, which isn't bad I think. 20181102_135156.jpg 20181102_135137.jpg
     
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    A Fiddleback Forge "Hiking Buddy" that I edc in my front pocket using a Diomedes sheath (pocket clip style).
    The knife is 3/32 and weighs around 3oz. Absolutely awesome for a fixed blade edc! The size is perfect imo.

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    Another thing, I realized because I’d seen it on this forum—better handles. I knew I liked the fixed but didn’t consciously realize it was the “hand-knife interface.”
     
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    Today’s pocket carry with it’s glamorous cardboard sheath.
     
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    on a backpacking trip I had one mounted horizontally on the waist strap on the right. it's a big pack with wide padding further back. it worked well for a left handed crossdraw. if i had to use a rain cover it would have been in the way. the law is very similar in Canada. backpacking was my justification. there are loggers and firewood cutters here that carry a belt knife. no one bats an eye but they look the part. a guy who works in the bush on a lunch break. I'd likely be stopped immediately in the city with a belt knife. i would not be breaking the law per say. but it would make police nervous. they would likely try to find a reason to take it. or ask me to carry it in a backpack. no one notices the top of a clip folder poking out of my pocket. public perception does vary and change over time. when I was a kid. I could walk to a friend's house with a real looking air rifle. everyone assumed that is what it was. I wouldn't dare now. someone would report a guy with a gun.
    Cheers Jim
     
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    I think he can make it out what ever you want. Seemed very accommodating in emails. I'm going to do the Jan challenge with it, but it looks pretty solid to me.

    PS> The sheath works great for one handed no-look re-sheathing.
     
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    Recent EDC. Plainsmen Knives (@08H3 ) Orion Micro. Homemade sheath.

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    Funny thing is, as much as I like my stuff everyone else likes it more lol. So I EDC a Siembida Wood Thrush, pocket carry in kydex teathered to a beltloop.

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    20181110_113723.jpg The Busse was a gift from my brother have carried it off and on for the past 18 years or so, just replaced it with the RW Fred.
     
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    I have carried a fixed blade on my belt for most of the last 30 some years. Current is my Marbles Sport. I have never been questioned about it. I work construction and spend much time outdoors, so to me it is just another tool.
     
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    Nothin wrong with that... nearly every maker I've talked to owns another makers knife and uses it :18:
     
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    I have been carrying a fixed blade almost every day for atleast a month now. It's a custom made by cypress creek knives here in the forums and I love it. Blade is 3" and handle is just over 3", it fits the hand perfectly and I love having the extra strength everyday. I just slip it in my front pocket and it disappears until I need it! 20181010_145203.jpg

    Ignore the duct tape on my pants...it was a long day...
     
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