Advantages: Easy to grasp and deploy, scabbard fits almost anywhere
Disadvantages: Small size
Rating: 4 out of 5
I’ve been looking for a good way to carry a self-defense knife for quite some time now. I started out carrying a CRKT Pazoda clipped to my weak-side pocket, switched to a Boker AK-74 and tried out a Kershaw Shuffle, but I never liked any of them as they were either too big and took up too much space in my pocket or too clumsy to deploy quickly.
I normally conceal my pistol with an un-tucked shirt, (Memo to Florida lawmakers: Pass open carry, and soon), so there is plenty of room around my belt line to conceal the gear that I’m already carrying, so it made sense to move my knife up from my support-side pocket to my waistline and use a knife that didn’t require an activation beyond pulling it out of a sheath.
The SOG Mini Instinct is tiny. Not small, tiny. Maybe a little too small for effective use, but I’ll need more experience with it to determine if that’s true or not.
That’s the Instinct Mini compared to the Boker AK-74 it’s replacing, and here’s one of the Mini Instinct versus a Kershaw Shuffle.
Like I said, tiny. The good things about this new knife are its scabbard, which is easily configurable to allow for carry just about anywhere on your person and its small size, making it easy to carry.
The reason I carried a knife in the support side pocket was to help with weapon retention, but carrying it up front makes more sense, as I can access the knife with equal ease with either my left or right hand. So far, the Instinct Mini has been completely inconspicuous on the front of my belt under my shirt, and feels like it’s not there at all, which is all you can ask for in an everyday carry knife.