I rarely carry a knife anymore. When I do, it’s generally because I’m in a situation where I CAN’T carry a firearm (or at the very least really really shouldn’t)


I like this type of carry for knives because not only are they suitably flat as to not disrupt the fit and drape of your trousers, but the posture of hands in your pockets is socially acceptable and non-aggressive.

When most folks think “pocket knife” they think about a folding knife, clipped to the pocket where it’s visible. In many places that’s socially acceptable and won’t draw any attention, especially in the south. That being said there are plenty of places, including workplaces, where anything that can be construed as a weapon is unacceptable.

On top of that, if you’ve spent any time with the Shivworks crowd (especially Chris Fry), you understand that the prospect of bringing a folding knife into play is more than a little daunting. Hence my preference for fixed blades whenever possible.

Now this isn’t intended as a “hey do this” type of solution. My hope is that this sparks some thought and creativity. Snag a couple of pocket shields and play around with them. You may be surprised as to how they work themselves in to your carry setup.

Alex Sansone took his first formal pistol class in 2009, and has since
accumulated almost 500 total hours of open enrollment training from many of the nation’s top instructors including Massad Ayoob, Craig Douglas, Tom Givens, Gabe White, Cecil Burch, Chuck Haggard, Darryl Bolke, and many others.

Spending his professional life in the corporate world, Alex quickly realized incongruities between “best practices” in the defensive world, and the practical realities of his professional and social limitations.

“I’ve never carried a gun professionally. I’m just a yuppie suburbanite that happens to live an armed lifestyle.

Having worked in the corporate arena for the last decade, I’ve discovered that a lot of the “requirements” and norms of gun carriers at large aren’t necessarily compatible with that professional environment.

I also have a pretty diverse social background, having grown up in the Northeast, and there are many people in my life that are either gun-agnostic or uncomfortable with the idea of private gun ownership.

This has afforded me not only insights into how we are perceived by different subcultures, but how to manage and interact with people that may not share your point of view without coming across as combative or antisocial.

This is why my focus is the overlooked social aspects of the armed lifestyle.”

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