I have been wanting to grab a nice folder for EDC and of on duty and have had my eye on the DPX HEST 2.0. These come in a left hand and right hand version. Her is my dilemma. I am right handed when I use a knife but I, as most carry my folder on my left side so I may access it with my support hand. I carry my heater on my right side. Should I buy a left handed knife to carry on my left which may be tactically optimal if my right hand was busy retaining a pistol grab or should I get a right handed knife and just carry it on my left side knowing it may not be best in terms of tactics but it would serve me for everyday use better being a right handed knife.  I have never bought a knife with L/R option. I have always just carried right handed knives.

 

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https://www.theknifeconnection...and-titanium-handle/ 

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I always carry a Benchmade Grip or Mini Grip left side, for the same reasons you described.  I have no problem using my support hand for my knife and lately my knife rides on a Raven pocket shield along with a spare mag and light.  I train with that setup and it works great for me.
-Run and Find Out-
From: Upstate NY

Something to ponder, do you carry a light? and if so where?

 

Second, depending on your funds situation, I would get a knife of your choosing for serious work, carry it on the left, and have a small folder, maybe something with serrations, depending on your daily chores. Carry this blade right side. Use it for chores.

 

 

 

 

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I have become very used to carrying a folder on my left side for all the same reasons you listed...it seems to work well. I use a ZT 0566, the cool thing is that most of the Zero Tolerance folders have quad mounting for the clips allowing for tip up/down & l/r side carry.

ETA: I also prefer folders that can be opened ambidextrously (I dig flippers). For day to day chores I draw the knife with my left hand and pass it to my right one. Another excellent option is a fixed blade that can be got at with either hand. I'm trying to figure out a good way of mounting my Joe Watson Hidden Key horizontally (blade down / tip back) at my 11 o'clock.

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Originally Posted by Socalsheepdog:

 Should I buy a left handed knife to carry on my left which may be tactically optimal if my right hand was busy retaining a pistol grab or should I get a right handed knife and just carry it on my left side knowing it may not be best in terms of tactics but it would serve me for everyday use better being a right handed knife.   

Read your quote above one more time and think about it.  Here is my thought process:  If I am carrying a knife on my weakhand side for the purpose of saving my life, I don't want to settle with the second best option of having it be a RH knife and hoping I can make it work when/if the time comes.  I would rather have a mission specific (ie: save my life) knife and then when dealing with everyday tasks take the extra second or two to draw it and switch hands than try to take those extra one or two seconds making a RH knife work LH when I really need them as I would guess those extra seconds probably aren't going to be available.  The choice is obviously yours, but I have and always carried LH knives while armed even though I am right handed. 

OK so I took away a few things here that help me make a decision. I ended up taking an old Benchmade SBK 5300 I had laying around in the safe since it needed some work and had a Benchmade service center bring it back to life. I also had them put the clip on the other side for left hand carry and will dedicate this to my on duty defensive knife. They brought the tip back that was broken and tuned up the whole knife for free. Works great. The auto opener allows me to deploy a knife in a high stress situation without having to rely on fine motor skills to open it. I took a look a the ZT flippers and really like those as well. I will want to grab one of those soon.

 

Thanks for the replies in this thread.

 

http://www.benchmade.com/products/5300

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