My folders generally sit in my front pockets, are easily accessible and much faster to get into the fight.
And this can be done this with one hand while the other defends since there's no need to clear any clothing to get to them.
Some more thoughts:
I also didn't like the idea of having to clear clothing if I had a fixed blade affixed to a belt/waistline, either IWB or OWB. So when I got an inexpensive one to experiment with, I just put it in my right front pocket exactly where a folder had been riding, and that works pretty well, with some room for improvement, and allows one-handed deployment.
It is about 8 inches long, 4.5 handle/3.5 blade, which turns out to be just the right size to keep the butt of the handle just inside the pocket opening. This has worked with all the pants I usually wear, 5.11s, painter or cargo pants. I does not require much in the way of hand or arm movement, don't have to "catch the wave", or whip the hand around for inertia opening, etc. Remembering how Sonny was showing us how to draw pistol without a lot of shoulder and arm movement, I can do the same thing with this knife. And like a pocket pistol, I can have my hand in my pocket and have knife in hand, ready to go.
It has a leather, rather than Kydex, sheath so the sheath does not stick to it when drawn. It simply rides there, right along the back seam. The only problem I have had with this is when at Sonny's pistol course awhile back, it came out out when we were doing the drill where we got knocked backwards onto our backs (and were supposed to simultaneously draw pistol). I am thinking of just attaching a clip to the handle, just like a folder. It would be more secure, and the overall length would not have to be "just right" to keep the handle in the right position to reach.
At the AMOK pistol course last August, Mark Human had the CRKT Folts Minimalist
, a small fixed blade with a kydex sheath, in his right front pocket. He attached a lanyard to a belt loop, and when he pulled the knife out, the lanyard would pull the sheath off the blade, like a Zack holster for Glocks. I have one of the same knives, but what I don't like about the "zack" method is that it takes a more vigorous, more sweeping hand movement to get the sheath off of the knife, versus my current set up where I just basically pull it out of my pocket.