In 50 plus years of knife use I've broken a few - never felt real smart afterwards. What really frosts me is the number of knives I've lost. Clips have had the definite virtue of allowing me to slap my right pocket (front or rear) - before I crawl out of some remarkably awkward "spot" - leaving the knife behind.Some hours latter I finally realize that my favourite tool is gone - somewhere ?. This trauma has cost me a lot of money - I keep buying/trading into dupes. So I can loose one and still be OK. The last 15 /20 years or so - life has been good - haven't lost a knife - thanks to clip and check habits. Here's the problem - some clips are simply painful to cut with. My guess is this is very much a individual "hand" thing-what doesn't bother my hand - burns yours. or vice versa. To way overgeneralise - large folders don't tend to have as much of a problem with hand fit/clip clearance as smaller knives. One of the things I've really appreciated about the lowrider clips I've had STR put on knives for me is- somehow - he seems to put 'em where the knife is till real comfortable to cut stuff with. Not a small talent.