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A Case knife that rides well in the pocket?

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by LiftToFill, May 10, 2012.

  1. LiftToFill


    Apr 2, 2011
    I have a Case Trapper in red bone and CV. I love it, but when I carry it it goes sideways in my pocket and becomes uncomfortable sometimes. Can anyone recommend a Case knife that is small enough that it won't bother me if it's sideways in my pocket? I know about the peanut, but that might be too tiny for me.
  2. quattromori


    May 7, 2011
    I have this feeling that you will be submerged with alot of "Swayback Jack" answers... :rolleyes:
    I should get a SBJ soon, so I will be able to tell you about it. I don't like when large knives get sideways in my pocket either...so I just go smaller.
    Edit: Even though I don't have a Case, I found that the Canoe (or baby butterbean) patterns are really comfy in the pocket even if they get sideways, due to the rounded shape of the bolsters.

    Last edited: May 10, 2012
  3. DrPenguin


    Mar 2, 2005
    To paraphrase Jeff Cooper, a serpentine jack is never a mistake. :p

    Course if you like the trapper why not try the mini-trapper? I carried one for years although in all honesty it was a Queen not a Case.

  4. Voltron


    Dec 13, 2008
    If you like your knife, why carry another? Here's a trick our very own Jackknife taught me. Put your knife in your pocket sideways, and then put a wadded up bandana on top of it. It won't bother you m
    uch that way.
  5. totallynotalex

    totallynotalex Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 14, 2009
    The small texas jack rides wonderfully in the pocket.
  6. T. Erdelyi

    T. Erdelyi Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 3, 2001
    Let me be the second to suggest the unobtrusive Swayback Jack, I won one on a giveaway here on the forums and it hasn't left my pocket since I got it a few months ago, it's just right for a pocket ride.
  7. Sonnemann


    Sep 21, 2010
    If you like the full-size trapper and going sideways is your main concern, it's a simple thing to put a simple row of vertical stitches into your pocket from the inside and create a meta-pocket to keep your knife upright. If you're set on a smaller pattern I'll echo suggestions of the SBJ, canoe, smaller trapper, etc.
  8. Voodoosix


    Jun 6, 2011
    not sure how much help this will be...

    if you can get a hold of one of the felt baggies Canal Street Cutlery ships with their knives, they hold the knife in place while riding in the pocket. i initially thought they had a "cheap" feel when compared to Benchmade's bags, but i soon realized the beauty of them them as the stiffer felt like construction provides traction and it grips the inside of the pocket. ive started using them for my Cases and GECs as well and they work great.
  9. slight


    May 22, 2011
    First buy a peanut. Cheap and small enough to carry even if you have a bunch of junk.

    And I like canoes too. But I like my vex Barlow better. It is rounded like a canoe. But even higher quality knives have problems competing with my peanuts
  10. LiftToFill


    Apr 2, 2011
  11. nik870


    Apr 2, 2012
    I have found the case butterbean great for riding in the pocket. I can't stand a knife sideways so most of the ones I carry are under 3". The small texas toothpick is one I just picked up and kind of a neat knife. The buck knight is also good size with a lockblade.
  12. Stich2442


    May 6, 2012
    Case 6318 med. stockman very comfortable, disappears in the pocket.
  13. protourist

    protourist Have you ever caught me lying to you before? Platinum Member

    Aug 19, 2007
    Swayback Jack or Mini Copperhead. Both are great knives that are too sexy for words and disappear in your pocket until called upon.
  14. Ryanol


    Aug 24, 2011
    The flood Of SBJ recommendations continues..
  15. jackknife

    jackknife Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 2, 2004
    Peanut, mini trapper, mini copperhead, Eisenhower, pen, small Texas jack, Buck 309 companion. All disappear in a pocket but will handle 99% of your daily cutting chores.

    As nice as the sway back is, it's just too bulky in the handle, and rides like a larger knife. Bulky for the size blades it has.

  16. Ryanol


    Aug 24, 2011
    Another voice heard from the peanut gallery. ;)

    I couldn't resist.
  17. SubSpace


    May 26, 2011
    I agree with Carl (Jaccknife) on this. I love the Swayback Jack, but I don't carry it often because, to me, it does carry like a much larger knife. This has to do with the handle width, the "swayback" itself, and the beefiness of the springs/blades. The pen blade of the SBJ is almost the same width as the Peanut main blade.

    I recommend a Peanut, Mini-Copperhead if you like a wharnie, or even the medium stockman in red bone CV. That knife gives you three useful blades and isn't much more than a Peanut in the pocket.
  18. moonwilson


    Aug 10, 2006
    There's a reason why so many folks are chiming in with the "swayback jack" response. That's because it's the correct answer. ;)
  19. jakemex


    Oct 19, 2011
    I have a trapper and like it for EDC but really my slimline carries better in pocket because it is so thin. I vote slimline in CV. I've been considering a swayback but they are too high priced IMO because of the hype right now. I'm not sure if I'll like the handle shape in hand either.

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