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Have I been doing it wrong?

Discussion in 'Buck Knives' started by EagleIH, Jun 20, 2017.

  1. EagleIH


    Dec 5, 2009
    I've read a lot of threads recently about people using pocket slips to carry their traditional pocket knives to protect them from keys, change, etc. I've carried a 503 for years loose in my pocket with keys, change, and whatever else I may have in there. Yes the knife does get a little beat up and scratched up, but it's never affected the function of the knife. What do y'all think? Do y'all carry your user traditionals in slips or just throw them in your pocket with keys, change, etc. and let them develop a little "character?"
  2. DeSotoSky


    Mar 21, 2011
    I think it depends on the size of the knife. The bigger ones need a slip (or clip) to keep it under control. Nothing wrong with letting the knife be a 'user'. That is their real purpose, not every knife can/should be a safe queen.
    Last edited: Jun 21, 2017
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  3. afishhunter


    Oct 21, 2014
    Other than my 110, which I carry in the sheath on my belt, I just toss whatever slipjoint(s) I'm carrying into my pocket.
  4. jc57

    jc57 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 28, 2012
    I carry my slipjoints loose in a pocket but not in the same pocket with keys and coins, so they don't really get scratched up. Not specifically to protect the knife, it just works out that way as to what I like to carry in which pocket.
  5. Frisky


    Dec 1, 2010
    I bought a 2007 Case peanut as a user, to be thrown in the front pocket with my house key and any change from the store. It had sat in someone's collection for a decade. The key immediately started to slightly dull the shiny silver bolsters, so I put my key in another pocket, lol! My knife was made as a user. It's red Delrin with matte finished blades. It's still hard to see it get those micro scratches! I posted about the knife in the traditional forum, and nobody responded that they had one. I think red Delrin peanuts, with silver Case shield are somewhat rare. I've only seen one other. So, I'm still debating whether or not I should let it get scratched.

  6. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    I tried to use a slip to keep my knife from getting full of lint ( not really concerned with scratching my users ), but while I'm not concerned with speed the slip just slows things down way to much for my tastes.
    I also have to much of a varying pocket size / shape between the pants and shorts I wear to use a pocket slip for keeping a larger folder positioned comfortably.

    I may visit the concept again in the future, but at the moment they don't seem to work for my needs very well.
  7. JD Bear

    JD Bear Gold Member Basic Member Gold Member

    Aug 4, 2015
    I carry a 110 on my belt, but I always throw a 501 or 302 in my pocket with everything else. I'm not really concerned about them getting dinged up. I've taken a couple of my Case knives and used 2000 grit sandpaper to give the bolsters a "satin" finish. It helped cover scratches a lot, but I don't carry them much anymore. It's something you can try though if you want to hide some blemishes...
  8. DocT


    Mar 25, 2012
    I just do not like slips. Then again, I am not carrying a $1000 knife in my pocket, either. I just drop them down in my pocket with everything else. Today, I have a wonderful slip joint with K390 steel in my pocket (my new favorite steel). I just drop it down with my smartphone and coins into my pocket where I can easily retrieve it.
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  9. Easyrider


    Jan 31, 2000
    My knives get carried in pocket slips. I just don't like my knives to get beat up by my keys.
  10. GIRLYmann


    Nov 7, 2005
    This raises an interesting point
    About the edc pocket knives having
    The right design features
    To be "pocket friendly" so to speak.
    I figure round bolsters or rounded off both ends are a must
    As with the compactness or slimness of the folder.
    The weight obviously comes into play too.
    So I would be concerned about the integrity
    Of the fabric/materials used for the pocket.
    This would include the stitching as well.
    So yeah, in some way a slip sheath
    Would help reduce pocket wear
    Besides protecting the folder
    From moisture, lint and friction
    With other nasty and damaging pocket live-ins.
  11. MaxCast


    Jun 11, 2015
    I have never carried a slip joint. Do these "slip sheaths" have a clip on them or just a sock?
    I love a deep carry clip. Haven't tried a lanyard yet. At work it's outside belt, weekends FR pocket. Don't like a clip with dress pants so this is a perfect reason for my first slip or 503 or...:)
  12. David Martin

    David Martin Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 7, 2008
    When I carry a small knife like that it goes in my watch pocket. DM
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  13. Haebbie

    Haebbie Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 27, 2006
    Well, Eagle, I think you are making a popular fallacy. The most people think to
    protect the knife against damages from key, lighter, set of keys, pocket watch,

    fishhooks, bullets, coins or anything else what you carry in your pocket. But no, the
    pouch protects these ojects against damages caused by the knife.
    If you don't care about the objects in your pocket you may carry your
    pocket knife without a pouch
    there further on. ;) :)

    Last edited: Jun 23, 2017
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  14. MICHAEL5135


    Sep 29, 2015
    If I cared about a knife not collecting an assortment of dings and scratches, I surely would not put it together with a mishmosh or assortment of materials in my pocket.
  15. Haebbie

    Haebbie Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 27, 2006
    Upps, Michael, that was a joke. ;) :)

  16. VorpalRain


    Dec 8, 2016
    I carry a Swiss Army knife and a 112 in the same pocket with keys and coins. Never thought of using a slip for them. They don't seem to have been damaged in any way.
    I suppose if I ever got dressed up in fancy clothes I'd carry a 500 in a slip.........or maybe my elk Custom Shop Bowie.
  17. Railsplitter

    Railsplitter Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 31, 2010
    I carry my traditionals in a pocket by themselves with no other items. Not to protect the knife but to avoid things like keys and coins getting lodged in the blade channels.

    I hate that! It happened to me once when I was a kid and I've carried this way ever since. It's also easier to grab the knife if there isn't anything else in there with it.
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  18. Pondoro2310


    Apr 13, 2014
    Buck Vantage in my right pocket with car keys. Coins and a Buck 55 in the left. Coins get inside a liner lock and cause all kinds of weirdness, jamming it, falling out of it onto the floor, etc.

    I like the soft buff look that the coins produce on the 55.

    Once or twice a key has gotten through the Vantage (alongside the blade) and jammed. I am thinking of switching the keys to the left pocket as well.
  19. DocT


    Mar 25, 2012
    I got a laugh out of the fish hooks. :D

    (I have carried bullets in my pocket, though)
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  20. DocT


    Mar 25, 2012
    On many of my pants I have a small pocket sewn inside my right front pocket to store my knife in, clip or no clip. The knife is protected, but of more importance, it is easier to get to. Of course, if I am in blue jeans, I carry a small knife in my watch pocket.

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