Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Strider PT CC Pocket Clip

The review is coming, but I don't think it is a huge spoiler to say that I am enthralled with the Strider PT CC.  For all of the folks on the internet complaining about fit and finish I don't know what to say other than this--this knife is superb.  It is in the same class as the Sebenza and the Al Mar Hawk Ultralight.

I like it a lot, but I do miss a pocket clip, especially during these hot months where stuff at the bottom of your short's pocket bangs you in the leg when you run (and I run a lot given I have a 3 year old). So I started the quest to find a pocket clip.  But you know what?  No one makes one.  I contacted Strider to no avail.  I know they tried to make one but it wouldn't stay put.  I contacted STR, the famous aftermarket clip maker on Bladeforums to no avail.  I scoured the internet and found nothing. 
 
What I wanted wasn't straightforward, and I get that, but there was NOTHING out there.  Then a coworker told me about her brother in law that did machining and gadget stuff and that he was local. Thrilled about the idea of supporting a local machinist, I reached out to him.  You can find his stuff here.   
 
The idea for the clip is to preserve all of the cool, sleek lines of your PT CC.  So after talking to Raven Workshop, the clip will attach by passing through the lanyard hole.  I have few ideas of how to do this, but Raven Workshop are the experts and I'll leave it to them.  The idea is that by passing through the lanyard hole you can remove the clip without leaving unsightly holes drilled into the lustrous, smooth handle scales of your Strider gem.  Raven Workshop has the exact specifications of the lanyard hole from the maker, so that is what they will be using.  
 
The purpose of this post is, like with the Aeon, to gather interested parties.  Like with the Aeon, I am not selling anything.  I am not making anything.  I do not have any affiliation with Raven Workshop.  All I am doing is telling you about it.  I am going to have a clip made, whether no one is interested or 30 people are interested, but the more people we get the cheaper it will be.  Think of it like this: I did the leg work to find this thing that I think a lot of Strider owners will be interested in and now I am telling you about it.  That's it.  Not selling.  Not making.  I just found something you might like.    
 
If you are interested, post in the comments below and stay tuned.  It looks like there will be a prototype by late July early August and once that is done we will have an idea about price, look, and design.  If you like what you see in July or August you can then contact Raven Workshop and we will see how many folks we get.  I asked for a deep carry clip that is very close to handle with a very simple look.  I also asked that it be made out of Ti, but besides that and the lanyard hole attachment point, that is all I know.
 
Commenting below represents no commitment whatsoever.  All it does is help Raven Workshop ballpark the number of clips to make.  Once we have the proto with price, then you can contact Raven Workshop yourself and make a commitment.  
 
Who's interested?

27 comments:

  1. Strider makes two versions of the PT, the concealed carry and the regular (lego). The regular version has a pocket clip. The trade off is you lose the 3D contours of the CC version. So you can choose, clip or no clip. I don't see the need for this project, but then again I don't own a CC PT.

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    1. Joe, this is a good point and something I should have addressed before.

      Many if not all of the PTs being produced recently have been of the CC variety. There wasn't a choice. So for folks that wanted a clip PT, but never had a chance to buy anything other than the CC version, this is a cool thing.

      Second, my experience with both models demonstrated to me that the CC model was just nicer. It was nicer in the pocket and in the hand. The rugged feel of the other PT is great on the SnG or SMF but on a knife this small it seems out of place. I wanted a CC with the plan of eventually getting a clip made if necessary as the regular PT's feel did not appeal to me at all. So it is a cool thing in this situation as well.

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  2. Hello- I am fortunate to own (7) Strider knives and have been using them for several years. I also use my SnG and SMF regulary as a volunteer for my local Fire Department. They have performed exemplary and I applaud Strider for their design, ruggedness, durability and how they back their knives(warranty). I do own (2) PT's, a regular and a CC. Both have their purpose, so with that being said, I see no reason to add a clip option to the CC version IMO. As a person who wears them in jeans as well as slacks, the CC hits the sweet spot for just being able to slide into the pocket and use when needed. I have very large hands and still have no problem deploying this little bugger and also reaching for her. The screws on the standard clip on my regular PT also tend to gets loose often and I have to tighten them, which can get mildly annoying. Anyway, I am glad that you are going to review this gem, it is the best sub $300 pocket knife that can handle regular and mildly hard use. Plus, it has one of the best SW finishes that I have seen on a knife, just silky, buttery smooth. Like your site, it's not just office guys that read your reviews!

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  3. I own both models and would really like a SW titanium clip option for the cc as I agree with you, it just feels like a nicer knife.

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  4. I'm in for one!

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  5. Just picked up a PT CC after reading your review and would love to add a clip, particularly one that didn't require a permanent modification as you described.

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  6. Sounds interesting! I'm in!

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  7. Also interersted in a clip

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  8. I just noticed this. Any word on whether this is a go?

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  9. The PT CC is super smooth going into and out of the pocket, if Raven can make a low-profile clip which doesn't damage the scales, I would definitely love one.

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  10. I am in the market for a regular pt with no avail. I don't want my $300 knife rolling around in my pocket with keys and change. I like the fact that it has a lanyard hole but would rather have a clip. Anyways I can't seem to find a Lego so I'm either going to pick up a cc or look at other companies. Maybe another crk unless I can find a clip for the cc. I think it's a great idea and would be all in.

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  11. I just ordered my pt cc and would buy a clip of one were available.

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  12. Hi there, I'm in...I would love to own a "special-PT-CC-Clip" !!
    pls contact me: RUDOLF[p]EHRL[a]YAHOO[p]COM

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  13. Any news/updates on the clip?

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  14. also in ! maybe do a kickstarter??

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  15. Updates? Very interested in this project!

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  16. Seriously... is there an aftermarket clip out there?? I can't believe the performance pt(which is a cc) has a clip and the production model doesn't qualify for one?!

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  17. Any news of this becoming a reality?

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