When I spoke with John Centore of Pop’s Custom Clips the other night, I made an offhand remark about my Benchmade Mini-Griptillian. I did not expect him to send me another clip to go with the one I have been testing on my Kershaw Composite Leak. This time, I received the clip gratis direct from Pops. My other I received as a gift from a friend.
At any rate, I was thrilled to open the package and look at my new clip. This time the clip is a skeletonized black instead of natural titanium. It looks great with my black-bladed Mini-Grip.
I am a deep-carry convert. While a pocket-clipped EDC does not ruffle many feathers in Tennessee, there is always the chance I would run into that one hoplophobic nut and I prefer to avoid Imperial entanglements. The one knock on deep carry is that it makes drawing the knife more difficult. With practice, I find the difference to be negligible. Frankly, when I carry a knife for defense it is my Kim Breed fixed blade IWB, and deploy-speed is of greater importance with that blade than my EDC.
The fit on the Pop’s clip is wonderful. In fact, despite it only having two screws instead of the stock three, it has remained firm throughout a weekend of use. I have been carrying the Leek for several weeks now, and that two-screw clip is yet to show any wobble.
I am happy to have cultivated a relationship with John. Not only have I ended up with a couple of great clips that have entered into my EDC rotation, but the blog has reaped significant benefit as well. Obviously, this has made for great blog-fodder. I also mentioned that John has agreed to donate a clip of the winner’s choice as a runner-up prize in our essay contest. This is a great prize, and I can’t wait to hear from the recipient and get what I am sure is a concurring review to my own of these great products from Pop’s.