Changing the Position of Your Pocket Clip

Many Spyderco knives have adjustable clips that allow you to configure them for different carry positions. Some, like our Salt Series folders, are adjustable for left or right-side tip-up carry. Others offer the flexibility of four-position carry: tip-up or tip-down on the left and right sides.

Because Spyderco provides our customers with the option of configuring their knives to meet their personal preferences, we do not apply thread-locking compound (i.e. "Loctite®") to our clip screws at the factory. To help prevent the clip screws of your knife from loosening over time, we recommend that you apply thread-locking compound to them once you have determined your preferred carry position. Thread-locking compound is available at most hardware, auto supply, and home improvement stores.

GET THE PROPER TOOLS BEFORE YOU BEGIN Proper tools are critical to good folder maintenance. Before you attempt to change the position of your knife's clip, invest in the correct size of micro screwdrivers, Torx® drivers, and/or hex wrenches for your knife. Spyderco knives require the following tools for clip maintenance:
  • Knives with metal clips and three Torx® (star-shaped) attachment screws require a T-6 Torx driver
  • Knives with metal clips and three Phillips attachment screws require a small Phillips screwdriver (#1 Phillips)
  • Knives with wire clips held in place by a single Torx screw require a T-8 Torx driver
  • Our Value Folders currently use hex-head screws and require a 1.5mm metric hex-head (aka "Allen") wrench
  • Our Salt folders and some of our older models use a two-piece "barrel" nut that requires a coin (a U.S. penny works best)


Place a folded towel or computer mouse pad on a firm, flat surface. This will protect your knife and keep it from rotating as you work. Place your closed knife on the pad (never work on a knife with an open blade), insert the tip of the tool into the screw head and apply firm downward pressure as you turn counterclockwise to loosen the screw. Make sure that you maintain downward pressure to avoid stripping the screw head. Repeat this process with the other screws until they are all loose, but leave them in the clip holes.

Lift the clip and the screws together and hold the screws in place with your fingertip to avoid dropping them. Apply a small drop of temporary thread-locking compound to the threads of each screw and then align the clip and screws with the handle holes for your preferred mounting position. With the knife again supported by the towel or mouse pad, turn the middle screw until it engages. This will align the clip and make the other screws easier to install. Turn all screws down until snug. Finish tightening them while applying firm downward pressure on the tool to avoid stripping the screw heads.


Follow the same procedures as described above to loosen the single Torx screw that retains the wire clip. If necessary, apply pressure with your fingertip to the head of the Torx screw on the back side of the knife to prevent it from turning. You may also use a second T-8 Torx driver to prevent that screw from turning.

Once the screws have been loosened a few turns (they don't have to be removed completely), lift the wire clip up and remove it from the milled grooves in the handle. Push the screw head on that side of the handle down and turn the knife over. Insert the ends of the wire clip under the screw head on the other side and tighten the screw to hold the clip in place. If desired, you may remove the screw completely and apply Loctite to the threads before completing the installation.


Hold the closed knife over a towel or pad on a table and place your thumb over the head of the barrel bolt. Insert a coin into the slot on the other side of the barrel bolt and, while maintaining firm pressure, turn counterclockwise to loosen it. Remove the bolt assembly completely to move the clip to the opposite side. Place the clip into the recess in the handle and insert the body of the barrel bolt (the larger piece with the internal threads) through the clip hole into the handle. Apply a drop of Loctite or similar product to the threads of the screw and screw it into the barrel bolt body. Using the method described above, tighten the barrel nut with the coin.

With the proper tools and knowledge, you can easily configure the carry of your Spyderco knife to best meet your needs, preferences, and tactics.