EDC Update: MDTS Pocket Shield and The Clemons

| November 17, 2017 | 2 Comments

Mount a folded bill in your MDTS PocketShield in case you need to defuse a situation with hard cash instead of a hard right cross.

I’ve used Chris Fry’s MDTS PocketShield since March of 2016. I’ve gone through a few iterations since I started carrying it, and I wanted to give an update on what’s on it.

I made a change to my PocketShield setup after attending my second Weaponology class from Ed’s Manifesto this October. I’ve replaced the TDI KABAR for a fruit knife for three reasons:

  1. the design of the TDI KABAR demands that it be held in one grip to be the most effective. The fruit knife (or any other straight-ish handled blade) does not.
  2. the KABAR had some interesting performance results against organic mediums, according to Ed
  3. I eat a lot of fruit, and after being frustrated with the substandard knives at work I started using my own

Before we go further, you need to do a little homework. Please watch this video by our friend Jack Clemons, former doorman and asset guarantor. Jack is currently VP of Social Media at GATMarketing, and continues to be a student of fight focused training. His mixed background is important for what you’re about to see in the video.

Okay, so we now know about the “My Bad” $20 and what it’s for.

Since viewing this video in the spring of 2016, the design of my pants and the other crap I carried dictated where I kept the My Bad $20.

Most recently, I kept it in an odd little pocket on the right thigh of my Wrangler work pants. I was always worried I would forget about it and wash $20. Fishing it out of a tiny pocket behind the thigh pocket looked weird, which went against some of Jack’s advice.

I put an MBT in the space freed up by replacing the TDI KABAR with the fruit knife. It’s held in place by a rubber band woven in the lattice of the PocketShield. So far it’s held up to day to day movement, and I can easily find the MBT in my pocket. It’s a one-way draw, but given the intent of this cash I’m not worried about putting it back.

I’ve carried the MBT this way for over a month. If there’s more interest in this approach I might refine it further. I have some ideas.

Do you carry an MBT? Do you also use a PocketShield? You might want to consider combining them. Hopefully you won’t need anything on your PocketShield, but maybe the My Bad $20 can diffuse a potential situation.

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.

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  1. Mike says:

    I’m interested to know more about the performance of the TDI against organic mediums; I carry one.

    Did you make the fruit knife sheath, or did you buy it?

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