How-To: Changing the position of a pocket clip

29th Sep 2015


Changing the position of a pocket clip

Many modern folders produced by Benchmade, Zero Tolerance, Kershaw and others provide multiple positions for the pocket clip, allowing either left- or right-handed carry, and occasionally a choice between tip-up and tip-down carry.

Take a look at the current position of the clip on your knife, along with the way it attaches, and then examine the handle for vacant holes or grooves in a similar pattern on the opposite side (and at the other end).

Pocket clip

You'll need the proper tool, usually a Torx driver, to remove and re-insert the screws securing the clip to the knife. (Benchmade's Blue Box Toolkit is perfect for this.) Simply remove the screws holding the clip in its place, move it to another position, then replace the screws.

It's a good idea to apply a small amount of mild thread-locking compound (like blue Loctite) to the threads of each screw. Of course, don't over-tighten the screws.

You also may decide to get rid of the clip entirely -- that's fine, its absence generally doesn't affect the knife's function. Put all the parts you remove in a zip-closure plastic bag, in case you change your mind and want to re-install the clip. However, don't put the screws back in their places in your knife's handle -- without the clip in place, the screws will seat farther into the handle, which can scratch the blade or interfere with its movement.