I carry a mid-size folding knife (CRKT M16SF) in my pocket merely out of comfort and a desire to maintain a very low profile and retain flexibility in movement. It’s a knife for utility primarily and self defense secondarily. Though I generally keep it sharp, it gets beat on during the week from prying, doing my nails, cutting wire/rope, and doing hoodrat things with my friends.

When I feel saucy I carry up to an 8” (length overall) fixed blade inside-the-waistband between 2- and 3-o’clock or between 9- and 10-o’clock on my skinny body. It’s not very comfortable, but I can carry a big blade like that on my belt for any occasion that warrants it.

I woke up one day and realized it was time to fill the gap in my kit and get a small fixed-blade knife for self defense that would be carried in my pocket or IWB in my usual garb: skinny jeans.

The search for something small and mean to carry every day began on Google as I typed in “fixed blade EDC” and found a bunch of lists of “THE TOP 10 BEST EDC KNIVES” that inevitably led me to sadness and confusion.Ptbw9yH

Most of the knives, like the Ka-Bar Globetrotter, come with stupid sheaths that I would never use for EDC. I had/have no desire to make a sheath for my knives or send my knife out to some custom shop to have a sheath made to suit my needs: THIS IS AMERICA, FREE MARKET COMPETITION IS SUPPOSED TO MEAN THERE IS A SOLUTION FOR EVERY NICHE.

So, picky me found a bunch of knives either too thick, too l o n g, too expen$$$ive, or without the right features: low weight, short length overall, and a small, flat sheath with equally small/flat retention system.

I closed my computer and gave up the search for that day. I took a little sadness and anger with me to bed.

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A few minutes on and my lil phone vibrates on the nightstand. I squint into a message from Josh at Offensive Industries in response to an Instagram post I’d made earlier in the day.

He got straight to the point (unlike I’m doing right now) and told me to pick up one of his company’s pocket hook sheaths with a knife, and trappings, of my choice for EDC. He told me it’d be a good solution for my fixed-blade desire.

Josh sent me pictures of the knife options — what other customers have gotten — and videos explaining the use of the weird-looking sheath. He told me to check out all the media he sent and hit him up if I wanted to get one.

So I did.

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Not very large, even compared to my small hand.

Some cool-guy cult Instagram dudes/real life bad bois like Ban Tang Knives, Ed’s Manifesto, and Zulu Bravo Kydex have popularized — through hard use — an unlikely knife that’s been re-purposed for self-defense. This knife was one of the options to pair with the Offensive Industries pocket hook sheath.

So I got that too.

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Simple lines.

WHAT: Offensive Industries Hook of Odin pocket sheath. $35 to $55 depending on options (kydex color, fruit knife add-on, grip wrap, and if you want a lanyard and bead). It weighs…like…nothing.

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Definitely weird-looking, but it works. Holds the knife securely, but is a pain to put back in because of the lack of definition in the kydex.

WHAT ELSE: Victorinox bird’s beak shaping knife with polypropylene (PP) grip. It costs $8 even though money can’t buy knives.

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Works well on fruit. It’s mad-sharp.

WHEN: When you want a tiny, mean, low-profile fixed blade to supplement your daily kit.

WHERE: This 2.2” blade is perfect for carrying inside the waistband of your pants (if you get that sheath option) or in a discrete pocket sheath (like the one we’re talking about). You can also make a “hobo kydex” sheath out of a water bottle label à la Ed’s Manifesto with simple retention (string/paper clip) if you want to get really low-pro and dirty.

HOW: The hook goes toward the lateral side of your pocket. The knife is meant to sit backward and be drawn by gripping the knife starting with your pinky-side first and drawing the knife upward in a c-shape motion (when seen from the side, the back of the ‘c’ is toward your back) with your fist. As you pull upward, the hook will grab onto that extra meat in your pock and provide the opposing force to loose the knife from the sheath. The blade should be situated with the point out the “bottom” (pinky-side) of your fist…

I know that was a lot. This helpful gif will enlighten better than my stupid words can:

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Drawing the Victorinox 2.2” paring knife from Topman Spray-On skinny jeans.

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Bending can be weird if your pockets are more toward the front than the side. It pokes me pretty good — like carrying a DE at 12-o’clock — in some of my pants, but not in my daily spray-on jeans or my action pants. Some pants are too loose for it to work properly, too, like my stretchy chinos, but for the most part, the pocket hook does what it should, I am going to craft a simple clip-on holster (contrary to my statement above) because carrying this lil knife is really growing on me and I’d like to have some diverse solutions for carrying it in all the clothes I wear. It’s quite sharp and surprisingly durable. On the cutting axis, but not so much side-to-side; so don’t pry with it, cut with it. I approve this small, nasty EDC knife and the pocket hook sheath from Offensive Industries.

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Note: Yo, I bought this thing to do what’s called T&E — testing and evaluation. It means I got this thing, am not bound by any agreement to be nice in my review, and I get to beat the piss out of it and treat it rough-like. My opinion is mine and based off of my time with the product.

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