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    Comfortable concealable EDC


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    Hi guys and gals,
    I have a quick question.
    I am looking for a fixed blade edc. That I can wear comfortably all day. Big enough to be useful but small enough to carry comfortably and conceal when I am not using it.

    Thanks in advance,

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    I've got a CRKT Obake that can be carried several different ways, I carry it in my right front pocket with the tether attached to my belt. You can find some videos on all the carry methods.

    Another fixed blade that I carry a lot is a Becker D'Eskabar, in a pocket sheath by 'Shaprshooter", the Eskabar is the same size as an ESEE Izula, so that will work with the pocket sheath too.

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    Ive had my eye on J. Rosa's "Urban Operator" for some time now. He's a member here. The knife has a 4" blade... 3/16" thick... 8.25" overall. I want it for the same reason, small concealable fixed blade that is functional (and very nice looking).

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    Tops ALRT XL.
    Really.
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    Get a small a knife as you need for your tasks and more importantly a sheath with different carry options.

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    I pocket carry a brkt adventurer on a pretty regular basis. Nice and light but big enough to fill my hand.

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    Posted this advice on a different thread a while back. I really like my Bradford Guardian 3. It's small enough to conceal, but big enough to deal with most cutting tasks. Also the sheath is horizontal carry so it's easy to wear on your belt and cover with a shirt, and the sheath is leather so it doesn't dig into your belly.

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    It's the sheath that'll make it comfortable and concealable much more than the actual knife. Unfortunately, most factory sheaths are terribad.

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    Izulla or Izulla 2 with armatus sheath.

    Obake

    Bradford Guardian 3

    CRKT Burnley Stafe or Aux
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    Bark river has some fine small blades. Proscalpel, littlecreek, psk, little carver and I think a couple others.


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    I know if the exchange wasn't so bad I probably would have grabbed something from bud nealy. He really specializes in that type of blade.

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    ESEE Izula with a wrapped handle. The stock sheath isn't bad, but if you have an extra $50, the Armatus sheath with an IWB hook is worth it. I carry it on my belt every day.

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    Another vote for the ESEE Izula. The Candiru is nice, too (but maybe smaller than you're looking for).
    Kind regards,
    Armadew

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    What's "big enough to be useful" for your needs? I do fine with a Bradford Guardian 3. That's a 3.5" blade carried horizontally on my belt. Very capable, comfortable, and concealable. Dozier makes smaller FBs with horizontal carry kydex sheaths. A couple of folks make concealable horizontal carry sheaths for Fiddleback Forge knives like the Hiking Buddy.

    A couple of companies make front/back pocket sheaths that would fit the G3 or Hiking Buddy. Rick Lowe can make you a very nice and concealable angled belt sheath for about any FB you get.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Armadew View Post
    Another vote for the ESEE Izula. The Candiru is nice, too (but maybe smaller than you're looking for).
    The Candiru is just small enough to be unwieldy and awkward, IMHO. the Izula is just right, fits in the hand very well, allows for a sturdy grip, and just feels right. It's small enough to carry almost anywhere on your person. My personal recommendation is whichever hand is dominant, Keep the knife clipped to your belt (tucked in our out is your personal preference) around the side. I usually use the side belt buckle going towards the back of my trousers to measure as a good point for the knife to rest.

    ALSO (VERY IMPORTANT), be sure to check your state's laws regarding carrying knives. Fortunately, North Carolina has an open carry policy for all "legal" bladed weapons, ergo when people look at me weird for having an Izula strapped to my belt, I just go on with my day.

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    My favorite smaller fixed blade for years has been the Schrade Sharpfinger. They come with a decent leather sheath that fits in the front pocket and slips onto your belt. I wouldn't look at the Taylor Brands version, but there's plenty of the older pre-2004 USA versions out there. The majority of the USA versions are made of 1095 steel. Taylor Brands uses a Chinese version of 440A, which I've found to be lacking compared to the 1095. The Sharpfinger has a graceful upswept tip that lengthens the cutting edge of the shorter blade.

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    Just a heads up, partially due to this thread, my curiosity got the best of me and I began testing the comfort and concealability (is that a word? It is now ) of my ESEE 3 Mil using the OD green sheath and belt clip that it originally came with. See pictures for reference.





    It fits really well on the belt and doesn't poke into the side of my stomach at all. Just comfortably sits. Now this is one of my thinner cold-weather shirts, but under some of heavier pullovers and such, you won't even see the outline you see in this picture.

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