I dropped a text to Big Chris Berry this morning to let him know I was thinking of him. This was because I decided to strap on my Bird & Trout as my primary EDC for the day. I am actually wrapping up my review of his Wolverine, but as much as I am a fan of that knife, it is a little much for carry around Knoxville.
Ever since I purchased my Kim Breed Model 15, I have been a big fan of Inside Waist-Band carrying fixed blades. Granted, through the hard work of KnifeRights, I can carry anything I want in Tennessee – fixed or folding. I could strap a Scottish Claymore to my back and walk down the street if I wanted to. But I am sure it would cause a few turned heads, and even a casual inquiry from the local Constabulary.
That is why I usually carry my fixed-blade knives concealed, be they on the belt or around the neck. I am not counting open carry of a bushcraft-style knife when I am driving too or from the river while dressed in fishing clothes. As one gets closer to the Smoky Mountains, the combination of clothing and knife becomes less and less remarkable. However, around town a large fixed-blade knife still draws a look or two. So IWB carry just is the path of least resistance. Especially if one doesn’t want to take it off going into the library or school for a quick minute.
My Breed is usually my fixed blade EDC of choice, though I will carry a knife for testing or if the mood suits me. As I said, today it was the Big Chris. I also will still carry the KnifeArt Razorback, which I decided to purchase after writing my review.
I do belt carry a fixed blade from time to time. Usually when I do it is my Caleb White Penance, or the Helle Mandra. The former is just a knife that I love to use, but need to make a point of doing so. The latter is nice because it’s wooden handle, leather sheath, and small size make it particularly non-threatening to all but the most hoplophobic types. As for neck knives, I really like the slim profile of the CRKT Minimalist which doesn’t print, even under most t shirts. The Minuteman Adjutant, which I am currently testing, is better worn openly.
Do any of you rock a fixed-blade as part of your EDC kit?
Just for poops and grins I want to strap on my Nordsmith Canteen Knife one day and just wear it around town. Just to see if anyone says anything.