Clinch Pick Knife First Impressions Review

| October 2, 2015 | 5 Comments

This February I attended two classes at Rangemaster that changed my opinion about knives. I learned about small, fixed blade knives carried on the body midline. I dug out my TDI Kabar knife and carried it until July, when I acquired a Clinch Pick directly from Craig Douglas of Shivworks.

Product Specifications

  • Overall Blade Length:  2.72″ (6.91 cm)
  • Blade Thickness: 0.14″ (0.355 cm)
  • Handle Length: 2.80″ (7.11 cm)
  • Handle Thickness: 0.92″ (2.34 cm)
  • Overall Length: 5.52″ (14.02 cm)
  • Blade: 12C27 Steel
  • Handles: G10
  • Live blade: $95
  • Trainer blade: $75

Clinch Pick First Impressions Review-0


The Clinch Pick is designed to be concealed easily and accessed quickly. The handle length is long and wide enough for most people. Those with larger hands may want a larger blade. I find the Clinch Pick much easier to deploy than my folding knives, and easier to hang onto than the TDI it replaced.

The “egg” or “bulb” grip is easy for me to latch onto. I also like the pronounced, aggressive choil that helps to prevent my hand from slipping onto the blade during use. Most folding blades do not have an adequate design for use against people, and cutting yourself is a big concern.

The Clinch Pick has a “reverse edge,” which means the sharp side is on the top of the knife, not the bottom. People with more experience with knives have an opinion about reverse edges. I am still learning, and my technique is mostly “put the pointy part into the bad guy — repeat if necessary.” I am learning Kali-based techniques starting later this month, and hope to have a more informed opinion myself soon.

The Clinch Pick also comes with a sheath and a Teklok mount. The sheath is not the best quality, and I expected more given the price of the blades. I would like to see more rounded edges, especially on the tip, four grommets instead of two for better reinforcement on the TekLok, and an overall better fit and finish.

My biggest criticism is how dull the blade was out of the box. I was able to press my thumb against the blade without cutting myself. I am not sure if this was an issue with my particular run, or the usual condition of Clinch Picks. In discussing this knife with other people who bought them recently they also commented on the dull edge.

Finding the Clinch Pick is difficult. It frequently sells out on Triple Aught Design, although it is available as of today’s post. The price is reasonable for “fighting knives.” Other reverse-edge, pikal-style knives are roughly the same price.

Pressure Testing

I am very excited to use the Clinch Pick in upcoming force on force training. We’re stuck inside from the end of this month until April, so that gives me plenty of time to use the training blade against other students. I’m going to acquire more edged weapon training during this time frame, and that should help me learn more about the use of the Clinch Pick, its advantages, and disadvantages.

About the Author:

Short Barrel Shepherd Short Barrel Shepherd is a regular guy and works to make Web sites and mobile apps easier for people to use. He spends his free time attending fight-focused firearm, knife, and combatives training, motorcycling, writing, and playing games. His daily carry is a Glock 19 pistol and an AR15 .300 Blackout pistol in a backpack.

5 Comments on "Clinch Pick Knife First Impressions Review"

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  1. .weston.pecos. says:

    Thanks for the review. Well done.

    The point that I think gets lost in knife reviews and knife style comparisons is the intended use of the particular device. The clinch pick, particularly with it’s reverse edge, is really mostly useful once one is entangled in a clinch. In that situation, the design and appropriate techniques make the clinch pick ideal. But the TDI is designed for a totally different application. It is designed to be used by law enforcement officers when an assailant is trying to get the officer’s gun or to control the officer’s gun hand. In that situation, the TDI knife can be used to punch the assailant off of and away from the officer so he can draw his gun. It is a different intended application. The clinch pick might not (probably would not?) be much use in that type of situation precisely because of the reverse edge and way that the grip is angled with respect to the blade. The disadvantage of a folder knife is that it must be accessed (from the belt, from the pocket, whatever) and then it must be opened before it can be deployed in a fight. Once it is accessed and opened, many folders such as the Spyderco Native 5 or the Spyderco Delica can be used fairly effectively in applications where the clinch pick or TDI were intended to excel. What I like about the Delica is that as a private citizen (not LEO, not EMS, not cutting twine or boxes open all day, etc) the Delica can be carried in my pocket and when I am entering a thret area (e.g., dark parking lot, stairwell, garage, about to walk by some not-so-great-citizens on the street, etc) I can hold the Delica in my hand, closed, with my fingers wrapped around it and it is basically invisible to anyone else yet already “accessed” by me. Still needs to be opened to deploy it, but you can’t carry a fized blade knife in your hand and wrap your fingers around it enough to conceal it and the walk around in public like that, but I can do that with a Delica. (As an aside, I think it was John Farnum who said, “Where’s the best place to carry a gun? In your hand, that’s where,” referring to the fact that you would skip the access-the-gun step — although obviously we can’t walk around with a gun in our hands but his point is a good one, and extrapolating that a knife would favor the folder. Lastly, if the intention of the citizen is to be able to use the knife to ward off an incoming attack from beyond arm’s reach distance, the clinch pick is not ideal at all. Another knife you might want to check out is the Spyderco Reverse. It is a fixed blade knife that was co-designed by Craig Douglas and Michael Janitch. The blade sort of resembles that clinch pick blade, but the grip reversible so that the citizen can set it up for Craig’s reverse edge style or Michael’s forward edge style, and the sheath and belt clip are reversible too. I have one and I like it, but the hand grip is a bit long making horizontal carry impractical. Check it out. I’d love to see you review that knife. Disclosure: I do NOT work for Spyderco or have any connection to the people mentioned except that I too am a veteran of Craig’s ECQC class (fall, 2014).

  2. Jason says:

    You should give this knife a look. A knife made by people who train people to carry knives every day.


  3. Robert says:

    Got my clinch pick and trainer about a year ago.

    I would ditch the tek lok straight away and instead use a pull the dot loop to mount it horizontally on your belt with the handle towards your belt buckle, on the side of the belt opposite your AIWB gun. Here it can be accessed with either hand and utilized effectively.

    Will look forward to hearing your impressions as time goes on.


  4. Hector says:

    I know you have reviewed some Suarez intl products, rmr ready slide, i was wondering have you looked at their Grab n Stab blade? Its not as small as the pick but its pretty interesting to work with and it has the same style of blade,reverse, as the pick. Great review i have just ordered a pick today. Keep up the great work.


    • Short Barrel Shepherd Short Barrel Shepherd says:

      I have not – I would like to evaluate the Gang Unit and the GnS but money is a fleeting thing :-\

      Thanks for the compliment, and for reading and commenting!

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