August 02, 2006

Glossary : Tip Up/Tip Down

Tip Up
adj.
Tip Up describes a folding knife with a pocket clip on one side which, when set down with the clip facing away from the table and the joint to left side, will have the closed blade on the top. When clipped on a right hand pocket, a Tip Up knife will have the blade forward and the handle back.
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Tip Up is also used to describe folding knives which have a clip on the opposite end as the knife's joint, so that when clipped into a pocket, the knife's tip will be at the top of your pcoket. This is often very fast to draw, but can be dangerous if the knife is not very secure when closed.
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Tip Down
adj.
Tip Down describers a folding knife with a pocket clip on one side which, when set down with the clip facing away from the table and the joint on the left side, will have the closed blade face downwards. When clipped on a right hand pocket, a Tip Down knife will have the handle at the front end of the pocket, and the blade at the back.

For those who are right-handed, a tip up knife is faster to draw, particularly for blades too light to effectively wrist snap open, and incredibly fast to blade snap open. They are, however, much easier to cut yourself when drawing the blade. A tip down knife is easier to draw, but requires much more commitment of momentum, as well as being dramatically slower for both blade snap and wrist snap opens.

For those who are left-handed or store their knives in the left-hand pocket, the above applies in reverse.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

so a Kershaw Ken Onion is Tip Up?

Wednesday, August 02, 2006 2:04:00 PM  
Blogger Gatt Suru said...

At least the majority I've seen. I know a few at least, like the Leek seroes, have reversible clips. The majority of Chive and Scallions are tip up, though.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006 10:18:00 PM  
Blogger Benjamin said...

The left handed part is the stinger. I know exactly how I want to carry my knife, but am limited because of the clip placement. From general memory, Gerber and CKRT do not have reversible pocket clips. This pisses me off, as I'm limited to Benchmade, Al Mar, etc.

Benchmade is the most LH friendly manufacturer I've dealt with, and they sell direct over the internet if you happen to not live in a Commie state.

Benjamin

Wednesday, August 02, 2006 10:55:00 PM  

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