Raven Concealment Systems has come out with a product that made me think, “Duh!” Raven’s ModuLoader Pocket Shield is perfect for the discreet carry of knives and other like equipment. There are times that I would prefer to hide my blade, especially when in dress or business casual clothes. A metal knife clip dragging on the pocket edge of an expensive pair of slacks will not do.
I ordered a Pocket Shield primarily for knife carry. It arrived packaged with a nifty Raven sticker, a short length of small nylon cord, and six Chicago screws for affixing accessories. I ordered a gray Pocket Shield instead of black, well, just because I could.
The Pocket Shield’s scalloped top edge and horizontal slots provide mounting points for clipped gear and, as a bonus, give ventilation to the area. If you’ve ever pocket-carried a large, bulky holster in the heat of summer, you know that it can be uncomfortable. The ModuLoader piece is flexible, light, and cool.
Photos on their website show small fixed blade knives, flashlights, and pistols bolted to the Pocket Shield for pocket carry. Its flexible shape masks bulky objects. Raven credits MDTS Training Systems’ Chris Fry with conceiving the ModuLoader Pocket Shield and working with Raven to co-develop it.
I have worn the Pocket Shield in office clothes and casual clothes. It measures 6″ wide by 4 1/2″ tall and seems to work best in pants with deep pockets. The Pocket Shield comes flat, but can be formed into a curve to match your thigh. This makes it hide things even better. The Pocket Shield has a slow memory that will return it mostly flat, but my experience is that the requisite bend will last for hours.
Several of my EDC folders have ridden on the Pocket Shield. Even the larger ones, like an Emerson CQC-10, concealed well. I bolted my ESEE Izula on the Pocket Shield and toted it around for a day. On the PS, it stayed stable and unobtrusive. Because you can thumb the sheath off the blade, it works with the Pocket Shield.
The plastic of the Pocket Shield is slick enough that clipped items slide out without effort, but, thanks to the scallops and slots, stay where you put them. When withdrawing equipment, I found the best technique is to grasp the item, pull, and catch the pointy tip of the PS against the trailing lip of the pocket. The item (knife) comes out, but the Pocket Shield stays behind.
Raven’s Pocket Shield is Made in the USA. It retails on their website for $24.99. At that price, you are paying as much for the product as for Mr. Fry and Raven Concealment System’s really nifty design. Still, I wish I had thought of it.