Carrying a flipper lose in pocket?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by BlueBonnet, Apr 26, 2018.

  1. Dfunk1210


    Apr 7, 2015
    The only time I ever carried a flipper loose in my pocket was at the Wynn Casino in Vegas. The security guy saw my zt 0801ti clipped to my pocket and pulled me aside. He told me they werent allowed in Vegas which is not true. He was nice enough though and suggested I put the entire knife loose in my pocket so I didn’t argue with him. Let me tell you, I felt uncomfortable the whole time it was loose in my pocket. Some time later i just clipped it back to my pocket. Kick me out if you want.
  2. ATJ999

    ATJ999 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 12, 2013
    Sometimes in certain situations I'll put my knife(flipper) loose in my pocket for up to 12 hours. I really dislike it because I am so use to clipping it, but it is no big deal at all. Never had a problem with it at all. I would keep coins and keys in other pockets though.
  3. SpenceSTL


    Apr 29, 2009
    Flippers? You haven't truly lived until you've carried a cheap SA OTF switchblade loose in your pocket...
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  4. timbo813


    Jun 24, 2014
    Personally I wouldn't be real worried about it unless it was an Assisted Opener. The biggest problem is the keys would beat it up and a large knife is uncomfortable carried like that.
  5. madcap_magician

    madcap_magician Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 27, 2005
    I see zero problems unless the detent is so weak that you can just kind of shake the knife open. Or if it's assisted-open.
  6. rswanson

    rswanson Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 10, 2011
    As an option to a slip carry, I know there are inventive folks who have sewn a seam into the pocket itself, creating a divider in the pocket that serves as an integral slip of sorts. I don't have a link handy but maybe someone has it bookmarked. I've seen it in pocket slip threads in the Traditional Knives forum.
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  7. colin.p


    Feb 4, 2017
    ZT flipper loose in pocket? A 0450 perhaps? I second the knife slip idea as that is the best way to carry clipless, especially with other junk in the same pocket.

    If you don't want to buy a slip, they are real easy to make. I bought a square foot or so sized piece of leather, waxed thread and a set of leather sewing needles for $30 CAN and banged out three quick slips for my two mini-trappers and a larger one for my large stockman with enough to make a couple more. Looks pretty good too for something that is going to bang around in my pocket. Someone recommended having the smooth side for the inside (where the knife resides) and the rougher part on the outside. That way the rough side "sticks" better in the pocket.
  8. Honed_Edge


    Feb 5, 2013
    Opening of a stiff detent kinfe, like a zt 0450/0452, is really unlikely. I don't think being a flipper has much to do with it. It's simply the detent strength. A weak frame/liner lock could open. I had a clipped griptilian open when push mowing. Most any lock could open. Backlock designs seem to be good in this regard.

    The BIG problem of keys with knife is dulling!!!!!!!!!! I got my zt0452 and sharpened it up where I could split my hair four or five times. I was super excited to used that baby. It went in the pocket with some keys. It was the first OPEN BACK design that I had mixed with keys. After a full eight hour day, the edge was DEVASTATED. I was devastated. The keys rolled the edge in hundreds of places. It was easy to fix because the damage wasn't deep. I also have had coins wedge between blade and scale locking the knife closed. It took me a few failed flips to see the penny lodged in there. Bad deal if you really needed it open quickly.

    Rambling on... I had another freshly sharpened knife, my large lefty 21, damaged in pocket. It was in my back pocket, not the normal spot. I forgot and put keys in that pocket. After only an hour, damage was done. Again, easy enough to fix... but damn it. USE A CLOSED BACK DESIGN IF YOU WANT TO CARRY WITH KEYS OR COINS!
  9. JParanee

    JParanee Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 2006
    Do yourself a favor and try horizontal belt carry


    I hate even change in my pockets let alone a large folder and keys all in the same one

    Money clip in right front

    Small card wallet in front left

    Gun on right side belt

    Knife in horizontal sheath on belt in front of left hip
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  10. GatorFlash1

    GatorFlash1 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 28, 2012
    A Ballistic Nylon case like this only costs a couple of bucks. I carry my EDC in a ballistic nylon case attached vertically to my belt. No one has ever commented about it It is much easier when carrying a knife, especially a larger one, than a pocket carry, and I don't need to worry about the clip detaching or sticking out of my pocket.
  11. Yo Mama

    Yo Mama

    Sep 25, 2011
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  12. Lapedog


    Dec 7, 2016
    Not as high as the chance keys will get into the knife if it has an open standoff design and dull the edge.
  13. JParanee

    JParanee Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 2006

    Finally some one gets it

    Thank you

    I also get custom horizontal leather scabbards made



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  14. jceckrosh

    jceckrosh Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 2, 2016
    Is that a John Gray in the lower sheath? Yours?

    Nice sheaths. I had a couple horizonal carry sheaths made by a guy here on BF for some OTF's, they work great.
  15. JParanee

    JParanee Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 2006

    Yes its actually a pimped out Kizer he did for me

    Johns a friend and was just here a week ago for dinner


    We might be doing a little Wharncliffe project together

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  16. jceckrosh

    jceckrosh Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 2, 2016
    Cool. Looked like the GPB.

    You wouldn't consider a GPB an overbuilt frame lock? (I'm giving you a little bit of a hard time here)
  17. JParanee

    JParanee Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 2006

    It is but I didn’t pay for it :)

    In reality it’s not that overbuilt nothing like some out there

    But like I said earlier I don’t buy frame locks but I’ve owned a few hence I would not offer my opinion on them if I had no Expierence with them

    I’ve been involved with custom knives almost 4 decades and in that time I’ve had the chance to see and handle most everything

    I attend most of the big shows every year and know most of the prominate makers

    Like I said I have had a few frame lock knives over the years but I really don’t care for them

    My favorite flipper frame lock is Matt Diskin’s Flipper

    It is far from over built and it’s frame lock is very difficult to accidentally disengage

    So if I had to carry one it would be his

    Here is the first DISKIN Flipper prototype

    I’ll never sell it and I’ve been offered a lot for it but it was a gift from a good friend and I really do love the knife

    Last edited: Apr 29, 2018
  18. Mikel_24


    Sep 19, 2007
    If you have too much crap in your pants, i would suggest clipping it inside your waistband. If the clip ends up behind the belt, it will remain unseen. Even if you tuck your shirt inside your pants, just blouse it a bit and the knife will disappear. I carry that way, sligthly slanted, and I can even sit down comfortably at the office. Try it out!
  19. G. Scott H.

    G. Scott H.

    Jan 9, 2006
    JParanee, interesting grip on the Smith. What is it made of?
  20. JParanee

    JParanee Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 2006

    Matt Diskin laid up the material which is white linen micarta and jimmy Badger made them
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