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Comfortable concealable EDC

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by TheRealJJRambo, Mar 20, 2017.

  1. TheRealJJRambo


    Mar 10, 2017
    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,
  2. JPD1998

    JPD1998 Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 18, 2004
    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.
  3. HAWC


    Jul 25, 2013
    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).
  4. Lycosa


    Aug 24, 2007
    Tops ALRT XL.
  5. DeAdEyE956

    DeAdEyE956 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 31, 2010
    Get a small a knife as you need for your tasks and more importantly a sheath with different carry options.
  6. jimmyd1982

    jimmyd1982 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 23, 2011
    I pocket carry a brkt adventurer on a pretty regular basis. Nice and light but big enough to fill my hand.
  7. thegeneftw

    thegeneftw Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 30, 2016
    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.
  8. madcap_magician

    madcap_magician Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 27, 2005
    It's the sheath that'll make it comfortable and concealable much more than the actual knife. Unfortunately, most factory sheaths are terribad.
  9. ScottyE


    Oct 12, 2014
    Izulla or Izulla 2 with armatus sheath.


    Bradford Guardian 3

    CRKT Burnley Stafe or Aux
    Last edited: Mar 20, 2017
  10. Krav

    Krav Life is great Platinum Member

    Jun 6, 2013
  11. noob93


    Feb 6, 2016
    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.
  12. markymark6290


    Mar 2, 2017
    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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  13. Armadew

    Armadew Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 22, 2006
    Another vote for the ESEE Izula. The Candiru is nice, too (but maybe smaller than you're looking for).
  14. dalefuller

    dalefuller Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 2, 2005
    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.
  15. markymark6290


    Mar 2, 2017
    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.
  16. Stringplucker

    Stringplucker Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 1, 2016
    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.
  17. markymark6290


    Mar 2, 2017
    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 [emoji28] ) 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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