Just arrived from Pops Custom Clips: Titanium Deep-Carry Clip for Kershaw Leek

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Pop’s Titanium Deep-carry clip almost completely conceals my Kershaw Leek.

Well, it was technically received from a friend this afternoon, but I will finish that thought later. Bottom line is that I am seriously impressed with this aftermarket upgrade to a knife that has in the short time I have owned it taken over my EDC rotation. So impressed in fact, that I immediately emailed the maker and requested a phone interview because I wanted to learn more about his business.

John Centore is the man behind Pop’s Custom Clips. What started as his tinkering around a few years ago has led to a side business that will blossom further when he retires from his computer science job. He has reached the point in life where he can chase a passion and the knife world will reap the benefits.

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This is a sample of what is available on the Pops Custom Clips Etsy store.

John landed at the bottom of this rabbit hole when he was dissatisfied with how high his Spyderco Delica rode in his pocket. After not finding what he was looking for online, he ended up making his own. Through trial and error, he learned many things including that you need carbide bits to drill through titanium. As I said, what started with tinkering led to selling a few on eBay, and then an Etsy shop, and has grown to where he is filling enough orders that he crossed up the paperwork and ended up double shipping clips to my buddy Scott for his Leek. Rather than ship it back, John told him he could keep it. Since Scott bought the D2 Leek on my recommendation, he had the brilliant idea of sending it on to me.

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I like the 3-tone look that the clip gives my composite-bladed knife.

 

I spoke with John this evening, and he told me that he now has sheet titanium shipped directly to a local water-cutting shop, where they take the CAD files he sends and produces clip blanks to John’s specifications. Various designs can be cut into the clip, these can even be completely custom (John recently made a “Power T” clip for a Tennessee fan). He then takes the blanks and bends and drills them to the specific knife he is making it for.

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The clip allows the knife to ride very comfortably in the pocket as well. Much better than the stock clip.

 

The clips are available for most common production folders, and more are always being added. Many knives have both tip-up and tip-down clips available. There are many finish options available. The possibilities are almost limitless.

Having only had the clip on my knife for about 8 hours now, I can’t offer too much in the way of the review. However, the fit is excellent, and being made of titanium, I cannot see how this can be anything but stronger than the stock clip. As the photos show, it certainly allows for virtually full concealment of the clipped knife. (this may be a no-no in certain jurisdictions, consult a local lawyer to be certain). I can also say that it is much more comfortable when sitting in the driver seat. It rides fully below the point of my hip and is completely unnoticeable while driving. I will let you know if I discover an issue, but I am comfortable giving the clip a hearty thumbs up. I have no intention of swapping it back at this point.

I am going to end this post with a housekeeping announcement. John has agreed to donate a custom clip as a runner-up prize for our Reader Submission Contest. The prize winner will be able to select a clip for a common folder of their choice, and can choose whatever custom details are available for that style clip. This is a really cool prize and I am thrilled that John is contributing it to the prize pool. A hearty thank you and huzzah for Pop’s Custom Clips.

You can find Pops on Etsy, Pinterest, and Facebook.

 

comments

  1. Nice clip! I was just thinking about contacting Benchmade to see if they made a deep carry clip for my mini grip. I’m going to be checking out this guy’s clips now though…love the titanium look

    1. He is supposed to send me a clip for my mini-grip. I will let you know how it goes.

  2. very cool, I contacted him as well, I want to see if I can get my initials on one, take some pictures when you get yours!

  3. Ron Luebke says:

    Have had a Pops ti custom clip on my damascus and titanium Spyderco Delica edc for about 6 months now and couldn’t be happier with it. I even had Pops make me one that had my name water cut into it. A great product and a great guy, how can you do better than that?

  4. AW1Ed says:

    No joy on my ZT 0350, dammit.

    1. Something tells me that it may be one of his next ones since I know he will be reading your comment. If not, drop him an email.

    2. Pops Custom Clips says:

      Hey AW1Ed, please contact me either by email popscustomclips@gmail.com, Facebook, or Etsy. I will get you set up with the clip you need for your ZT0350! – Pops

        1. TTAK FTW.

          Thanks Pops!

  5. srone says:

    You have ruined me, I will blame you if my wife finds out. I have been intrigued by the Blackwash Leeks and the Composite Leeks for a while, gotta get one now. I have a Scallion, but it is too small. I have been alternating between a CRKT M16 and a CRKT Delegate for a while, but this looks like it might hit the spot.

  6. Robert D. says:

    The Leek is my EDC. Has been for a while. Lost it for 90 days. Could not find another option that fit as well as the Leek. Could be neat to have it ride lower, especially in business attire.

    Thanks!

  7. Michael says:

    Do you have clips for kershaw knives?

  8. Jrod says:

    Hello, looking for a deep carry clip for Kershaw Launch 1, thanks!!!!

  9. Ross Severance says:

    Can I get a low carry clip for my kershaw needs work and if so how much. Thank you

  10. Shawn says:

    I ordered one for my Kershaw Blur (& I have the –I find–fanTAStic tiger stripe, partially serrated black blade on brown lined hadle with the usual black grip handle inserts). I chose “anodized bronze” with a typo you may want to fix on your Etsy page, Pops; it said “anodized broze” but I chose it, anyway, since nothing about my Blur is “plain in any way. So yes! to the other comment, does Pops have clips for Kershaws; he does! Just check his Etsy page. The prices are nothing like this page. I saw most clips at 23 dollars; mine was 26.95 + shipping, 29 total I think!
    I’m really looking forward to it, as I do not carry the Blur often, because the stock clip, although it matches the black blade nicely, leaves an inch of knife protruding out of my pocket. It’s ridiculous, really, like, how did anyone think this is a good idea, let’s make a clip that will leave a bunch of this knife hanging out of your pocket! & everyone said, Yes! Good idea! (?). !no entiendo, señor!

  11. Frank says:

    Is it possible to make a deep pocket carry clip for a Delica 4 with a glass breaking carbide tip?

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