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Machete sheath, how do you carry it

Discussion in 'Outdoor Gear, Survival Equipment & More' started by SGTCap, Oct 9, 2011.

  1. SGTCap


    Oct 21, 2007
    I've noticed through casual browsing that machetes are becoming more and more popular. I'm curious how people are carrying them. Looking around I havent seen many sheaths available, and what I have found look pretty chep/crappy. I've been playing wth kydex for a while making holsters and such and this has me curious. I would like ot see some sheaths or carry meathods people are using to give me some ideas for making my own. I think Im going to place an order with machete specialist for a couple blades this week to play with and make sheaths for. Any ideas, info or pics would be helpful.
  2. FortyTwoBlades

    FortyTwoBlades Baryonyx walkeri Dealer / Materials Provider

    Mar 8, 2008
    I use a self-made cross-belt for my heavier pieces, but usually belt carry.

  3. takao


    Jul 1, 1999
    now that's a big one.
  4. foxx


    Sep 5, 2010
    I'd bet that in South America that most don't even own a sheath for their machetes. They are just carried and used often.
    Even the cheaper sheaths do the job, they are often light weight. An expensive sheath adds cost to an inexpensive blade, IMO. Bark River can turn a $25 Ontario machete into a $160 machete, I'd say $60 of that is the nice leather sheath.

    I like the idea of kydex sheaths, I love the ESEE Junglas sheath, check that one out. Many lash points is great for backpacks, that how I carry mine, or a shoulder strap, which doesn't work so well for me, I need a waist strap to keep mine in place like 42blades.
  5. FortyTwoBlades

    FortyTwoBlades Baryonyx walkeri Dealer / Materials Provider

    Mar 8, 2008
    The cross belt both keeps the machete from flopping around like it would on just a shoulder strap alone, and also evenly distributes the weight across the left hip and right shoulder. :)
  6. Foilist


    Dec 20, 2004
    My only machete-ish implement is a Condor golok. If I am going to carry it, I sling it over my shoulder with a nylon strap I took from an old bag.
  7. Joezilla

    Joezilla Moderator Moderator

    Jul 22, 2005
    Most people roll with them on the side of the opposite that they are using. Lots of central american rigs go over the shoulder like this, but only when traveling. I don't use mine in that configuration that often because I'm always on the ground looking for stuff.

    Some flip quick frogs around and use them like a tuck under
  8. FortyTwoBlades

    FortyTwoBlades Baryonyx walkeri Dealer / Materials Provider

    Mar 8, 2008
    I have a Mexican knife that has a sheath with a leather collar and a flap feeding out of it like a hook or a stud that allows it to just be tucked under the belt. Really quite secure there like that! I wish more sheaths had a similar feature, as it's a handy way to carry it hands-free without having to undo your belt.
  9. ChapmanPreferred


    Oct 7, 2006
    I made a sheath out of PVC pipe which I'm certain could be improved, but it works for now. I typically carry it in my trunk.
  10. PayetteRucker


    Aug 4, 2009
    I strap mine to the side of my pack. If I dump the pack at camp and go collect firewood, I like to lash it horizontally to my belt, at least until camp is built and I have my stock for burning good to go.
  11. Edwood7


    Mar 31, 2010
    A very true comment. We just carry them through the straps on our packs, or wrap them in some cloth and stuff them in between the pack and our backs.
  12. Ahnkochee


    May 22, 2011
    I made the sheathes for my machetes out of thin-wall PVC drain pipe which I heated, flattened, and shaped. Made belt loop with same material. Afterwards I painted it with gray spray vinyl paint. Lastly I wrapped sheath with paracord. Worked out beautifully in the jungles of Hawai'i. ;)
  13. sicily02


    Nov 23, 2005
    I carry my bigger knives in Kydex and sometimes depending on what pack I carry I might carry it one of the slash pockets.
    It just depends on what I am doing at the time. But most of the time I carry like in these pics.
    This pic was taken a couple of days back. I carried this way till I got over the bridge and into the woods.
    Then I switched to this carry, which I really like. for walking through the woods.
    Today I carried a different big knife. but still carried it this way.

    It really makes for a handy way to get at my knife when I need to.
    I make my own knives and make my own kydex sheaths so I get to make the the way I want.
    I have the kydex press that it 24" so I can do some long sheaths if need be pretty easy.
    Anyways that is what I carry my bigger knives in and the way I carry them.

  14. coaldigger


    Jan 27, 2007
    I like to wear mine weakside/Crossdraw. I'm a southpaw so I had to mod my Condor Leather sheath for my Golok to wear crossdraw on my right hip. Now if I can figure out a way to mod my Parang sheath to wear crossdraw on my right hip then I will be set !
  15. fishshooter


    Mar 29, 2006
    I also used plastic pipe to make a sheath. Carry it cross draw or slung over the shoulder with a baldric rig. The sheath makes a decent cutting board in camp too.

  16. bearthedog


    May 17, 2006
    I like the PVC sheaths, never done one, but I wanna try.
    I like that top machete too!

    I like that style of carry, do you have any close up pictures of that rig?
    Good pictures too.

    I like that sheath a lot. Need to go make one for my 12" OM.
  17. sicily02


    Nov 23, 2005
    Hi all,

    bearthedog, I just string the 550 cord through the nearest hollow rivits on the sheath near the handle and then sling it over my shoulder. Left or right side it works either way.
  18. bearthedog


    May 17, 2006
    Thanks. I guess the real question is, what you got there? Is it your design?

  19. sicily02


    Nov 23, 2005
    Yea that is a deisign I made up a couple of week ago. I am going to make a smaller one in the next few weeks. the big one there has a 10 blade. the next one will have a 8".

    I liked that design so much I made up another 10".

    One for each hand.

  20. Hawkeye5


    Jan 6, 2006
    I like them Bryan. Those orange scales look cool.

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