Recommendation? Pocket slip, or let it scuff?

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by sticktodrum, May 16, 2017.

  1. sticktodrum

    sticktodrum Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 16, 2012
    While I've accrued a few traditional pieces in the last few weeks, I've only really carried one (the #15 Cap Lifter in ebony). It doesn't sit in a pocket with keys or anything, just usually alone. Still, it gets tossed on my desk with my other stuff occasionally, and so it's built up both a patina and some scuffs/scratches. Personally, I don't mind, but the sheen of the polished wood is almost gone.

    Do you folks pocket your users bare, or do most of the folks here use a pocket slip or sheath? I try to keep everything as minimal as possible (AAA light next to the wallet, knife in back left pocket, that's usually it). So, adding extra fluff isn't ideal.

    But is it worth it? What do you all recommend?
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  2. Railsplitter

    Railsplitter Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 31, 2010
    I do the same as you except I humbly admit that I lay my knives down easy when setting them on hard surfaces.

    My carries reside in pockets with no other items and it seems just as good as a pocket slip to me. Perhaps even better because the pocket fabric is softer than some slips and they ride loosely in my pockets as opposed to fitting tightly in a slip.

    It takes my knives a long time to acquire scratches on surfaces other than the blades. When they do get scratched it's from usage only.
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  3. kamagong


    Jan 13, 2001
    It's a knife, made from durable materials of metal, wood, bone, stag, and the like. While it might pick up some scratches being dropped bare into a pocket with keys and coins, the damage will be superficial and cosmetic.

    I have a #73 that's been my primary carry for the past few years. It was an actual EDC for a couple, as it was actually in my pocket every single day during that time. I tried to get that trusted companion look like you see on this knife. Maybe not the crack, nor the lead patch job, but I liked the smoothed covers and the rounded corners.

    image by cnas122

    I failed. I haven't even gotten the covers to yellow adequately. I'm certain this knife will last the rest of my life. Should I somehow manage to wear it out, no big deal. That's a perfect reason to treat myself to a new knife!

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  4. pistonsandgears

    pistonsandgears Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 12, 2011
    Depends on the knife, I have some that I treat gently and carry in a pocket slip. Others I just toss in my pocket along with my keys. I enjoy seeing the well worn pocket patina sometimes.
    This 77 just gets tossed in my pocket.
    This Davison gets carried in a pocket slip
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  5. jrawk


    Jul 14, 2014
    When not wearing jeans, keys ride in the same pocket so I use a slip to keep things in place, not so much to prevent scuffing or damage. All the capped ends of my knives are scuffed because i like them sticking out for easy retrieval. Maybe that's why i prefer bare ended knives.
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  6. jackknife

    jackknife Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Oct 2, 2004
    I just toss the knife in my pocket to use, and whatever happens, happens. I've never really had a safe queen, and although I may like some knives better than others, they are all a using tool to me. They get scuffed and dinged, but they still cut great, and thats what's important to me. Same with my guns, just use them and never mind what they look like.
  7. mbp


    Jan 26, 2015
    Always carry my knives in a slip. Not super worried about scuffing them, I just find them more comfortable in the pocket that way, keeps them from turning longways at the bottom of the pocket.
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  8. 3-1-1


    Apr 2, 2012
    The sitting longways in the bottom of the pocket thing leads me to carry larger ones in a slip, keeps them upright.
    3 inch ones, like Peanuts, just get tossed in.
  9. kamagong


    Jan 13, 2001
    This is a thing of beauty.


    As is this.


    Neither item is no longer pristine. The pistol has a fair bit of silvering along its edges. The knife has dings and scratches, with a few pepper spots thrown in. But a quick glance identifies them as mine, distinct from the mass of 1911s and 73s that live in safes.

    Even more important, these things work and have proven themselves reliable. Time and use have smoothed them both out, so they function better than when they were NIB. In the case of the barlow, the edge has been tuned up the way I like, which is immeasurably better than the one it originally had.
  10. PNWJimbo


    Sep 29, 2015
    I use a slip for mine, more to keep them sitting upright in my pocket than to protect them. I am also a fan of the knives ship free pocket sheaths for small fixed blades. Their northwoods slipjoint slip with space pen is also very nice.



  11. thegeneftw


    Dec 30, 2016
    I enjoy getting a little wear on my knifes. However, I can see if I had nice collectible knives using a slip if I'm carrying it.
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  12. Buzzbait

    Buzzbait Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 25, 2001
    Always in a pocket clip, but mostly just to keep the knife from going horizontal in my pocket.
  13. Sabercat

    Sabercat Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2015
    Knife goes in watch pocket without a slip. If there is no watch pocket, I may use a soft slip to keep keys from doing extensive damage to knife, or knife from damaging phone. I probably only use a slip about 10% of the time though.

    I'm not super picky about my users, and know they'll get marked up, but I don't need my car keys to be the primary aging factor.
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  14. huntnfishin

    huntnfishin Gold Member Gold Member

    May 16, 2009
    I just let em get dinged up. I like patina. And scratches. Heck I have been known to sharpen on a coffee cup. I rotate two ebony gec 33s for edc (I have two as I am afraid I will lose one haha) and they disappear among the coins and keys. If I am outdoors somewhere I bring a bigger knife that rides in a bag with my gear.
  15. Dadpool

    Dadpool Gold Member Gold Member

    May 18, 2015
    Let it scuff! :D

    My current daily traditional carry, a GEC 77 Barlow, gets spun on my desk, tossed in my pocket with keys when I walk the dog, dropped (accidentally), and, of course, used for cutting stuff. Casual treatment gives my knives character and deepens my enjoyment of them.

    "Wabi-sabi is a beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete." -- Leonard Koren

    "A knife is a tool, and if we don't treat our tools with a certain familiar contempt, we lose perspective." -- Bob Loveless
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  16. Modoc ED

    Modoc ED Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 28, 2010
    Just throw em in your pocket along with whatever else is in there and let em ride.

    A couple of the above knives have even ridden in a tool box and tractor box. Really, none the worse for wear.
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  17. jc57

    jc57 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 28, 2012
    I carry my knives loose in my pocket. However, I don't normally have them in the same pocket as keys and change. Usually in a pocket to themselves (ex: jeans watch pocket) or along with something not particularly abrasive (back pocket along side a soft-cover notepad). The only knife I have carried in a pocket slip is a GEC #77 Barlow, just to keep the big bolster from getting scratched up needlessly. I've only carried it a few times, but if I were to make it a regular carry knife, then it would go into a pocket bare, same as any others.
  18. sticktodrum

    sticktodrum Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 16, 2012
    Brilliant responses, thank you folks. It does give some needed perspective.
  19. major_works


    Aug 30, 2014
    In my eyes, pocket slips add bulk and an unwanted step to the blade deployment process. I usually carry knives in the jeans coin pocket, or if in dress clothes, in the RFP by itself. Keys are on a dangler clipped to the pocket hem so they're kept away from that precious Delrin. :p
  20. Rookie82

    Rookie82 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 25, 2014
    If it's a user, it's meant to take the abuse of being used, including being carried. It all adds to the patina of the knife. The only time I carry a knife in a pouch is if it is a knife that I'm carrying for show (or to show someone), but I intend on keeping it mint for my collection.

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