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EDC fixed blade?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Monofletch, Sep 2, 2013.

  1. Monofletch

    Monofletch Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 14, 2010
    I recently started carrying my RAT 3 fixed blade daily.
    I have tried vertical, horizontal, and 2 different sheaths. I ended up using the stock sheath and a tech lock horizontal on my belt. Any other way it was too noticeable and looked like I was packing heat. With my job I don't need that kind of added attention. If the Tech lock was "thinner" it would work perfectly. I have the pocket clip, but it's all over the place. Give me some advice.

    How do you EDC your fixed blades?
  2. jbombelli


    Mar 23, 2008
    I EDC mine in IWB (Inside the Waistband) Kydex sheaths, and I don't tuck in my shirts.
  3. 22-rimfire


    Nov 20, 2005
    People talk about slip sheaths inside pockets. Never tried that yet. My favorite is using a Bob Dozer horizontal belt sheath. Dozier used to make those for other knives, but not any more. I asked if he would make one for my Spyderco Moran... no go. These sheaths are not concealed, but with a small knife, few people ever notice them even with flashy handles.
  4. SCWillson


    Aug 2, 2013
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2013
  5. knife to a gunfight

    knife to a gunfight KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 17, 2007
    I carry a fixed blade for EDC, and although it's not exactly a RAT 3 (smaller overall and thinner), I just tie a 12" (give or take) lanyard to the sheath, clip one end to my belt loop, and slip the whole thing in my pocket.
  6. fotobaerchi


    Apr 3, 2011
    If the tecklock is too big, try some paracord. If I don't want to raise attention with a fixed EDC, I usually wear it horizontal at 10-11 o'clock.
  7. benchwarmer380

    benchwarmer380 Valyrian Member Platinum Member

    Sep 17, 2012
    Yep what fotobaerchi said. I like to use paracord as well because it holds it snug right up against my belt. I've have tried my brothers G clip and while it is easier to move around and manipulate there is a little bit of slide when pulling the knife out or putting it back in. (Not knocking it, great design just not quite for me.) It may take some practice to get the loops how you want but its worth it I think. To tie it off I use the Esee cord locker thing that came with my Esee 4. It has a strong spring in it and keeps everything right in place.

    I'm smaller than most so if I carry at 10 or 11 o'clock it would poke out so I like to carry scout style. My Scrapivore not my 4.
  8. XiaolongJackson


    Jun 5, 2012
    Don't people just normally go for an Izula if they want to EDC a fixed blade? RAT-3 seems a bit big for urban EDC.
  9. MattyLav


    Jun 28, 2012
    My only EDC fixed blade is a Izula. I usually carry it in my pocket. Unless i know i am going to be using it a lot, like i was cutting down some boxes so i kept it vertically on my belt with a paracord belt loop i made :)
  10. SCWillson


    Aug 2, 2013
    Scout style? Explain please.
  11. benchwarmer380

    benchwarmer380 Valyrian Member Platinum Member

    Sep 17, 2012
    Horizontal at the small of your back. I didn't coin that expression, read it on here a few times but it is much easier to type out then "horizontal at the small of your back". I like it for a smaller knife but a bigger one might prove uncomfortable.
  12. benchwarmer380

    benchwarmer380 Valyrian Member Platinum Member

    Sep 17, 2012
    If you're around 6 foot and above I would think that a Rat 3 aint all that big. Just a presumption.
  13. T.K.C.


    May 7, 2005
    I EDC a pocketable fixed blade.
  14. SCWillson


    Aug 2, 2013
    Ah, thanks for clarifying that. My guess of what it was was totally wrong.
  15. Lastmohecken


    Jul 20, 2013
    I often carry a Dozier Professional Hunter, or the smaller Buffalo River hunter by Bob Dozier, both in vertical IWB Kydex holsters. This summer I have open carried them quite a bit, because it's hot and I usually like my shirts tucked in. However, in the winter I will probably carry the bigger Professional Hunter more often hidden under a vest or un-tucked shirt with a tee shirt underneath. I also sometimes carry a larger Puma Bowie Knife in an IWB holster I had made out of leather to my specs, styled sorta like the Southern Comfort holster, but I do have a strap over my belt to keep it in during the draw. I like the Puma because the bone handle is small but has a pretty secure grip. With the IWB sheath, the blade is hidden, and the handle looks like it belongs on a much smaller knife, so it doesn't draw a lot of attention, if I am open carrying, so I don't scare the sheeple. If the blades on these knives were not hidden IWB, I would be much more reluctant to carry them, unless I was actually hunting.

    The two Dozier's I carry on my weak side (right side, since I am left handed) cutting edge to the back, but I carry the Puma reverse calvary (cutting edge to the front), weak side also. That's because I usually have a cell phone on my strong side, or a handgun, and I still always have another EDC folder in my strong side pocket. I sorta like having a knife I can access with either hand, which mean two knives for me.
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2013
  16. Monofletch

    Monofletch Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 14, 2010
    RAT 3 is 7.8" Izula is 6.25-
  17. cpurcell


    May 9, 2012
    I carried my ESEE4 IWB for a while, but it's just too big to do that comfortably. I much prefer slipping a knife into my pocket. My BK11, BK14, ESEE Izula or Izula II or my Blackjack 155 are great. The stock sheaths work fine and with the additional of the clip plate for the BKs or the Izulas, it can be worn on the belt, in a pocket, secured to the pocket, IWB, or neck carried. As I said, I prefer to just slip mine into the pocket of my cargo shorts or carpenter jeans and I'm off and running.

    If you're wanting to go IWB carry, and you won't be using the knife for every day tasks like cutting up your lunch, you may want to look at a stainless model of whatever. IWB = Close to the body, and the sweat and oils from your skin will quickly cause a non-stainless blade to rust. Now, 4 out of 5 of my smaller fixed blades are 1095 and will rust if I don't take care of them, but that was an informed choice I made. Do the same.

  18. XiaolongJackson


    Jun 5, 2012
    I did say urban EDC. If you need to have the knife completely concealed to prevent people from freaking out and it's too big for you to do that comfortably, then it's probably too big for you, regardless of your height. The Izula should be easy to just slip into your pocket due to its slim profile and light weight.
  19. Monofletch

    Monofletch Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 14, 2010
    I have been carrying it at about 11 o'clock as someone else said. It rides comfy there. I will give the paracord thing a try- I bet that will work for me.
  20. ratman57


    Jul 14, 2009
    I carry an Izula ll in the stock sheath. I attach it to my belt with about a 3" piece if inner tube horizontally on my belt just to the right (my right) of my belt buckle. It holds it very securely. when the tube starts to wear I just cut another piece.

    With a black belt nobody has ever noticed it. If your belly is at all on the big side it disappears!

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