Recommendation? How do you guys carry your fixed blades?

Discussion in 'Sheaths & Such' started by Abyss_Fish, Sep 6, 2019.

  1. Abyss_Fish

    Abyss_Fish

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    Mar 14, 2019
    I hike often and recently picked up a spyderco waterway to replace my Benchmade 200 puukko. It's my first experience with a kydex-y sorta sheath, and to be entirely honest I'm having trouble figuring out where to stick it. I feel like I've tried everything and nothing quite works. I even ordered a universal kydex sheath extension 2.0 which while functional is a little finicky and very awkward. The best thing I've figured so far is putting it on a static cord and stuffing it down my pants, which while pretty much perfect in every other area, makes it a little prone to sliding down my leg.

    How do you guys do it? It's a popular kind of sheath so SOMEONE must've figured it out.
     
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  2. Bigfattyt

    Bigfattyt Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 23, 2007
    What else are you carying while hiking?

    Do you have a pack with waist strap?

    How I carry depends on what other junk I'm packing.

    I do a static cord on two of my knives. A Ben Tendick Kwaiken, and a smaller warncliff. One has a kevlar lined aluminum sheath wrapped in warthog. That one, I put weak side, edge forward. The cord gets looped through the belt, then the sheath and knife go back through. Tuck the sheath behind the belt, and slide the cord forward a few inches to get the proper length to sest the knife so it wont slide down. Other one is a matching warncliff, that goes strong side. Static cord, with a Kydex sheath. I have put loops so I can mount the belt through them horizontal in front of right hip. Gun on that right hip too.

    For woods walking, I am changing up what gets carried and how.
     
  3. Hengelo_77

    Hengelo_77 Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 2, 2006
    I make small knives and mostly make a clipped inside front pocket sheath with them
     
  4. Horsewright

    Horsewright KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 4, 2011
    Horizontal or almost horizontal cross draw is very popular around here:

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    Handy and out of the way:

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    I can't tell ya how many knives and sheaths I've sold because some one said they were searching all over the internet for horizontal crossdraw sheaths and found us.

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    We were tearing down a druggie encampment we found on the ranch. Even large knives can be carried this way. Tyler is a tool guy and he found a hammer. His Sonoran Camp Knife is the largest belt knife I make:

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    Poor Lil Man had to do all the work and he didn't even find a hammer:

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    Well the Japanese Quarter Horse did a lot too:

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    Anyhoo I'd say behind the back is pretty popular too:

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  5. junglefighter

    junglefighter Gold Member Gold Member

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    Aug 13, 2008
    . Here's how I carry a couple of my fixed blades.. got the inspiration from CM aka Matt..
     
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  6. rtmind

    rtmind

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    Mar 8, 2013
    Never have gotten the hang of pictures, but one of my favorites is to make a pocket clip sheath for the side pocket of my painters jeans. Knives under 7 inches will barely show, and sit right at hand level when standing. rtmind/randy
     
  7. bdcochran

    bdcochran

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    Jan 2, 2012
    1. I looked up the knife so I could obtain an idea as to size, etc.
    2. I will set a scenario as follows:
    a. you want to wear it while driving a car;
    b. you have decided that you do not want a strong side, drop retention;
    c. you don't want a cross draw;
    d. you aren't going to hook it upside down on a vest;
    e. you aren't going to hanging it off a pack (my mentor does that with his Glock knives!);
    f. you don't want a cross draw;
    g. you don't want a horizontal front carry.
    h. you don't want it interfering with your access to front pockets or sticking you in the side when driving.
    3. If you want a material, non leather, sheath, then contact the spec ops people;
    4. If I had my druthers, I would have a horizontal, behind the back carry in a kydex sheath. You would have to commission it.
     
  8. bonafide

    bonafide Leather Sheathmaker, JouFuu Leathers Moderator

    Jul 20, 2013
    I carry mine in a sheath.
     
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  9. Hengelo_77

    Hengelo_77 Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 2, 2006
    decide first what knife you want to carry
    a 6" bowie is a whole lot different compared to a 2" gentlemans knife
     
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  10. hhmoore

    hhmoore Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 7, 2014
    Usually like this (blade to the rear)
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    But occasionally blade forward
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  11. hhmoore

    hhmoore Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 7, 2014
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  12. crumpet8

    crumpet8

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    Aug 31, 2019
    I’ve got a waterway in the post! From what I’ve seen you can rotate the G Clip to allow for horizontal carry (like in Dave’s pictures)? My plan is to carry it this way as I tend to sit a lot when hiking :)

    Usually, if the knife isn’t too heavy I’ll carry it on a dangler so it moves out of the way when I sit. Otherwise it’s in/on my Pack and I have a lighter blade in my pocket.
     
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  13. ty_higg

    ty_higg

    Dec 16, 2011
    For my edc fixed blades I like pocket sheaths
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  14. Top's Custom Kydex

    Top's Custom Kydex KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

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    Apr 21, 2014
    Kydex sheaths and Tek Loks.
     
  15. crumpet8

    crumpet8

    83
    Aug 31, 2019
    Did you ever figure this out? I just got the Waterway myself and, you’re right, carrying it isn’t as easy as I’d hoped. It’s a little longer than my other knives and carrying it horizontal has it sticking out pretty far at times, but I guess it’s working. 45 degrees off the belt also works ok, but a dangler or leather sheath option would be nice. Would be a cool leather project :)
     
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