There are a number of affordable, concealable, Small Fixed Blades (SFB) available. SFB=4" or less length blade. Considerations if looking to integrate #SFB into #EDC 1)Sheathing: some type of Kydex or rigid plastic. Leather is comfortable, looks nice but rarely offer the varied mounting options or rigidity of Kydex or plastic. Kydex offers numerous mounting, carry angles and ride heights. Must retain knife but not be so tight that access from sheath requires excessive effort. We do not recommend retention straps or locks preferring custom molded sheaths specific to blade requiring minimal material for smaller footprint. Many companies make custom sheaths, one of our favorites is Tom @darkstargear 2) Sheath Attachments: methods limited only by the end-user imagination, best attachment methods and devices we've found: mini tek-lok, spring steel clips, cut spring steel clips, soft belt loops, @spyderco_inc G-Clip 3) Carry: How and where SFB is carried is possibly more important than type of knife. If for personal protection as either primary or secondary option it must be readily accessible. Ability to access any defensive tool under pressure of close quarter attack is heavily dependent on where tool is placed. SFB should be placed "hips forward” as close to centerline as possible, allowing easy access with either hand in confined space. Most practical carry locations we've found placing knife in easy reach of hands include: 1) Waistline Carry – IWB or OWB, dependent on mode of dress, environment, sheath+sheath attachment options 2) Pocket Carry – allows covert index (Palm) SFB in normal, non-threatening, non-telegraphic manner. Heavily dependent on mode of dress, environment, sheathing+sheath attachment. Problematic accessing w/support hand. 3) Neck Carry: not favorite, recommend handle rest ~1″ above hem of cover garment on break away lanyard or attachment. It is your responsibility to know the laws of any jurisdiction you carry in. #MDTS #knives #practicalsmallknifeskills #training @benchmadeknifecompany @crkt_knives @coldsteelknives @budnealy #pocketshield @bladerigs @specialcircumstances @sosbyblades
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