Trey, I do not cut the backside. I have always cut it from the front but maybe some new technique is in order. I plan on messing around with this more during the week and see what conclusions I come to between blade shape/technique. I dont wear a tool belt so that is not a concern for me. If I did wear one I would probably just move my knife to the bag.
The new Hayin helper 2 blade might be a possibility as well, the O1 tool steel would certainly stay sharper then the 1095 of my other blades.
Looking for a good conditioned TL-29, wooden scales with no factory bail(no lock preferred either). PM or Email me if you have one for sale, thanks.