Don't carry it inside the boot. Years ago, when Dad was in the Army (Germany, right after WW II), a fellow soldier carried a Cattaraugus 225Q 5" fixed blade knife inside his boot. He jumped out of a "deuce-and-a-half" as it rolled to a halt, flexing his knees to absorb the shock. The impact sent the Cattaraugus right through its sheath, his foot and the sole of the boot, lodging in the dirt! The wound became infected. He spent some time in the hospital and received a medical discharge. Lesson learned: always carry boot knife or any other sheath knife on the belt. Let's all stay safe out there!