I like to carry a knife in my weak-side pocket so I can get to it with one hand in case my gun hand is otherwise occupied. My criteria for a carry knife is…
1. Low-profile clip. I don’t want anything that says “KNIFE!”, as it will truly be an everyday carry knife.
2. Size. I don’t want a penknife, but I don’t want a big ol’ pigsticker either.
3. Ease of use. As the point of this knife will be weak-side carry, it should be be easy to get out and easy to open.
4. Inexpensive. Under $50.
Finding a knife like that is actually quite tough. I had been carry a Boker AK74 auto-opener and it’s worked great, but I wasn’t satisfied with using it every day. It was bigger than I liked, and as you can see from the photo above, it’s getting quite beat up in my pocket.
Enter the Kershaw Shuffle.
The size is sure right, and it’s easy to open with my off hand. It’s comfortable in the hand and holds nicely. The only things I’m noticing about it are that the clip is VERY strong and it’s hard to pull out of my pocket in a hurry.
Not something you want in a defensive knife.
The clip is also reversible, something that I *really* like for weak side carry, but the screws that hold it in are tiny little Torx screws that I don’t have a bit for. How I’m going to swap it around, I don’t know.
Overall, I’m liking the knife, though, and I think the Kershaw Shuffle will be my EDC knife for the foreseeable future.