Photos Let's See Your Open Carry Pics

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Ribbonz, Sep 2, 2020.

  1. rover


    Jul 9, 2004
    Yeah, you’re a target if you don’t have a weapon or look like a victim. Criminals like easy victims. Carry a giant Bowie.

    Those cowgirls can just ride away or smile. I don’t have a horse or a pretty smile.
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  2. jbmonkey

    jbmonkey Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 9, 2011
    great pics. love seeing cowboy and cowgal stuff still happening in the west.
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  3. Boombats

    Boombats Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 21, 2010
    I wish I could contribute pics to this thread. I live in upstate New York where it's legal to open carry as big of a knife as you like, as long as you don't brandish it, but where carrying said knife tends to make some people uncomfortable (especially city folks who are used to the sub-3" law in NYC). That said, I'm less concerned with making other civilians nervous as I am with making LEOs suspicious or worse, frisky. So while I feel good when I have some big steel hanging down my leg, I stick with a folder in my pocket. If I really didn't care then I'd roll with a wak on my back 24/7.
  4. jaseman


    Jul 28, 2016
    I live in a state where there is no restrictions on how you carry a knife, or what size it can be. Open carry of a firearm is perfectly legal as well. I find in most situations, no one really notices either being openly carried. Most people are completely oblivious to the people around them, and what they are doing, unless they are making a total scene, or the item carried is overtly large. I generally could care less who notices what I’m carrying and when... though firearms are usually IWB, but often times my shirt is tucked in, so you only really see the grip.

    As for knives...
    If I’m wearing a belt, I’m usually openly carrying some sort of fixed blade. Most often either a Benchmade Hidden Canyon or a Bradford Guardian 3, both horizontally across the front. Out camping, hiking, etc, I’ve usually got a 4” custom on my hip and/or a small fixed blade on the shoulder strap of my pack.

    I’ll see if I can get some pics tomorrow.
  5. Horsewright

    Horsewright KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 4, 2011
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  6. The Zieg

    The Zieg

    Jan 31, 2002
    I usually have a Buck 110 on my belt at the 4:00 position in a horizontal leather sheath. Sometimes I'll use the newer nylon sheaths and it will look more like I'm carrying a multitool than a three and a quarter inch lockblade. Other times I'm toting a Victoinox Trekker in the same sort of rig. For a fixed blade, I will carry a Mora openly. Once in a blue moon I'll have a Malanika puukko or a Ka-Bar Mk 1 navy deck knife at 4:00 but that's a rarity. I'll never carry a fighting knife like a Gerber Mk II and bowies are strictly for backcountry trail rides.

    I won't try to discourage you. Others have done that well. If you're going to carry a fixed blade visibly, my advice is to stick to brown and tan leather as urban folks are more startled by black. Keep the knife on the shorter side of 5". Dress well and clean or look like you have a job that requires the knife, preferably both. Use a rig that can be removed without too much trouble so you can easily enter any establishment that prohibits knives or where they would cause too much distress.

    Regarding knives, I try to balance my responsibilities as a citizen to obey the law and respect my neighbors' sensibilities while functioning as a gentlemanly ambassador for the "edged tool community."

    What rigs are YOU considering?

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  7. The Zieg

    The Zieg

    Jan 31, 2002
    It's even better if you have a horse WITH a pretty smile!

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  8. Crag the Brewer

    Crag the Brewer

    Oct 18, 2018
    I agree with all of this...
    also, where (I) live open carry IS legal, but really Not worth it... In fact with our laws its too easy to break them. Very seemingly innocent actions turn you into a felon.... Like the picture above covering it up, or accidently holding a backpack, or briefcase, or a shopping cart just blocking/concealing it for a moment... or even All the troubles of "properly" (legally) getting in & out of your car..... Just isn't worth it.

    Here, people who choose to open carry (I'm against it publicly) tend to still have their paperwork too.
  9. brownshoe

    brownshoe I support this site with my MIND

    Sep 6, 2002
    If you think open carry is a deterrent, you are assuming the other guy is rational and has smaller cohones than you. That could be a mistake. In a nearby town a gun store owner mistakenly believed he could shoot it out with a day time armed robber, he paid with his life.
  10. jaseman


    Jul 28, 2016
    Not that it’s anyone’s business but mine what I’m carrying (within legal parameters) but this is generally pretty sound advice. 5”+ is kind of a large blade to be overly useful, da-to-day, in an urban, or even suburban environment. And any knife is gonna stand out less if it’s part of a ‘uniform’... carpenter, maintenance crew, or whatever. A guy in a 3-piece and wingtips might draw a bit more attention, walking around with a K-bar, then someone in coveralls, with their name stitched onto their shirt.

    I live in the suburbs, but almost always carry some sort of FB. Usually a 3” edc of some flavor. Know one has ever even noticed when I do.

    Benchmade Hidden Canyon in an Armatus Carry sheath

    But none of these ever get noticed..
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  11. The Zieg

    The Zieg

    Jan 31, 2002
    Another possibility is a Kydex pocket sheath. I have two Dawsons that carry this way and you can go quite large this way. And with the pommel showing above the line of the pocket, you're still in "open carry" territory, I reckon. I really like the horizontal rigs @jaseman is showing, though, especially the leather one.

  12. hhmoore

    hhmoore Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 7, 2014
    I'm also in upstate NY, and routinely carry a fixed blade. I generally stick with 4" and under, don't sweat 4.5", and go over that if I'm so inclined (which was rare until I received the Q a few months back). About the biggest thing I carry - off my property - is my Urban Grudge, and I probably do that less than once/month. I was much more concerned about other people, and LEOs, in my long-haired youth; but figure I'm "safe" since I passed 50. Even before that, I realized local law enforcement didn't care about the knives I carried as long as I wasn't giving them a reason to.
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  13. jaseman


    Jul 28, 2016
    @The Zieg that’s a Guardian 3 in the leather. The knife is great, but honestly, the sheath is just OK. Much bulkier than it needs to be, even for leather. I’ll eventually replace it with another Armatus like I have the Hidden Canyon in.
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  14. The Zieg

    The Zieg

    Jan 31, 2002
    This is an example of a beautiful knife that you might carry proudly. As of this posting time, it is still available here on BF.

    I can see carrying this knife in a cross draw or horizontal rig at 5:00 over a tucked in polo or dress shirt with a nicely tooled brown leather belt--something with horsehair and silver accents since you're in the west. Add nice boots and fresh blue Wranglers and no one would bat an eye. You might even attract some romantic attention!

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  15. 000Robert

    000Robert Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 28, 2020
    Although Wranglers are better than the nut-crunching Levi's, Diamond Gusset jeans are the best.
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  16. Eversion

    Eversion Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 9, 2020
    20201006_154927_resize_84.jpg Just a simple upright cross draw position. The shirt just sits atop it and covers much of it, but I don't go out of my way to make sure it does so.

    The lanyard is useful for getting a grip, since most of the handle is covered by the sheath. But if I don't want it flopping around, I can stick it in my pocket right there.
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