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Weak side knife carry

I do that since I may pocket carry some. But it has other advantages too.

10 Responses to “Weak side knife carry”

  1. The Duck Says:

    I always carry both strong and weak side, but you do have to practice drawing and opening from both sides if you expect to do it in a real fight

  2. Chris Byrne Says:

    I carry my knife in my weakside front pocket, for a very simple reason:

    The gun in my strongside front pocket doesn’t leave any room for my fairly large pocket knife.

  3. Alan Says:

    My EDC is always on the weak side because other hand is usually holding whatever I want to cut.

  4. Weer'd Beard Says:

    I have a few VERY THIN pocket knives that go in the change purse of my jeans above the front pocket where my gun is.

  5. Jake Says:

    I generally carry my knife on the right side. When I’m going to cut something, I’m usually holding it with my left hand anyway, and if I’m not, it’s not difficult to switch hands. My current EDC knife also doesn’t really open easily left-handed because of the way the safety works (I can do it, but not quickly or easily).

    I carry tip down because that’s how the knife made and there’s no option to do otherwise, but it doesn’t bother me because it’s quick and easy for me to flip it around.

    If I’m involved in a struggle for my firearm, I’m not going to worry about my knife, I’m going to use my off hand to fight. Putting a thumb through the attacker’s eye usually works just as well as or better than a knife for convincing him to go elsewhere (people frequently get stabbed or cut during a fight and don’t notice it until later, but they will notice when you pop their eyeball).

    Maybe there’s a difference in how I view my knife. I see it as a tool, not a weapon. Like any tool, it can be used as a weapon, but that’s not why I carry it.

  6. Rivrdog Says:

    I carry the cutter on the weak side, and since I’m a mostly-lefty (who shoots righty because of a right master-eye), I can draw and open the blade lefty also. In the dojo, I had OK moves from the right, but was FAR better on the right using it as my defensive hand, so I stayed with left-side blades.

    I still remember my knife-work instructor from USAF Combatives, who said that both hands have equal responsibilities in a knife fight, just different roles to play, and in few other defensive instances will you have to split your attention between defensive and offensive moves between the hands, so proper knife technique is difficult to learn, and better learned from a master.

    Just like any other weapon, you’d better not pull it unless you can use it to win your fight with.

  7. MHinGA Says:

    I’ve been carrying a Carter neck knife for about a year; it has its advantages and disadvantages. As with any carry method practice and planning is essential. When I carry a folder or sheath knife, it’s on my weak side.

  8. Jeffersonian Says:

    Having been a butcher for near 30 years, I carry my pocket knife strong hand side and instinctively use my left hand to hold the object I want to cut. I can see how others might not have developed that instinct.

    I occasionally carry weak hand if the holster I choose limits access to the knife. I would have to switch hands to make use of it.

  9. trackerk Says:

    Access in a fight is critical as well as the points mentioned above. Get a training folder (feels like the real thing, but the blade is not sharp and has never been sharp). Put the folder wherever you like, then go take a grappling class. You will find lots of positions you can end up in that prevent access to the knife. Goes for your firearm as well. When possible, we use training knives, rubber guns, and our regular holsters in hand-to-hand training. You’d be surprised how often it comes up that you can’t get to either one.

  10. MHinGA Says:

    trackerk makes a good point. Too many folks treat either a blade or a gun as a talisman; be prepared to fight to get to and retain that weapon.