One of our regular readers, known to me as a former military intelligence officer who is very knowledgeable about blade matters, sent me the following, which was published by the A.G. Russell C
Purchasing and carrying a knife with the clip in a Tip-Up or Tip-Down position is a personal choice, depending on the ergonomics of the knife & opening method of the blade that you choose.
however, times when Tip-Up carry should be avoided. Knives that do not have a bias to closure (a spring pushing the blade closed) such as liner-locks & frame-locks can be dangerous to carry Tip-Up. If the blade opens in the pocket, even very slightly exposing the point of the blade, and you push your hand into the pocket to retrieve the knife a cut can result. I have had knife owners show me scars resulting from very bad cuts that happened because of this very situation.
Under the same
circumstancesif carrying the knife Tip-Down, the hand has a tendency to close the partially open blade and not contact the exposed point.
We advise that if you are carrying a liner-lock or a frame-lock in your pocket, that it be with the clip at the pivot end of the knife so the blade is in the tip-down position when clipped to the top of your pocket.
We sometimes build these knives with clip position options for right or left-handed carry and with a choice of tip-up or tip-down. The concept in these instances is to allow the user the choice. Sometimes, for various reasons, the user may want to carry the knife in places other than at the top of the pocket. When we provide these options, we deliver the knife with the clip in the right-handed, tip-down position.
Ultimately, the knife you carry and how you carry it is your choice.
It is wise to be aware of the dangers associated with your choice.https://www.facebook.com/agrussellknives/posts/10155869484671962?xts=68.ARCfhNKe7lE99Uowm0Ar5ifJcMDvqxgsLFLafupro1kfNiYPWcnYQw5PYHghHv-5gtKLQ3skJSaQkMGz4B0CoNreTO0-WfBgXo8xi-K4SKSNiALTbbBqdEOfnI5eoHG5aBaeV7nTWy_RxkoJV48hDcWgrFKVi_krRNi9QRiaqXYmy35wxAoeBx8ytc7RkeGh6vMobNKe4ibROjUmDfaAzxa05pazYTD5ZPuZiSG22NMDXOAMwfb1wFNWfO4Cxtms3_nGOl8dNd8n9a3IrNzIhduA4USiG92aKrJi4juIcikRyyadzuJPij_U0MPyqUDjwzQ3CGDgxQ1cJIgo&tn=-R
Thanks to A.G. Russell for their good advice.
Blog readers, what is your choice on this matter?