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I would suggest you do a search on this site. You will find several very good threads on necks knives and a lot of reviews.
You also may want to consider getting a neck sheath for a knife you already have. I picked one up for my BM AFCK and really like it. The price was right as well since, I already owned the knife and kydex sheaths are generally pretty cheap. All in all, that option is working well for me.
Sid is right, but there are a few things to consider. First is to decide what you want the neck knife for. I see three basic uses for neck carry:
1) To conveniently carry a self-defense knife over your clothes where it can be reached fast.
2) TO carry a knife under the clothing for concealment.
3) To carry any knife outside the clothing for the purposes of utility work (i.e. gardening).
If you are looking to conceal a knife under clothing, then you need a very thin knife with a very thin sheath. This usually means something of single-piece skeletal design, such as REKAT's neck knives. If you want to carry a self-defense knife on a neck chain and have it over your clothing, then you'll need primarily a good self-defense knife, but the sheath can be of many types of design. Finally, any ol' knife can be hung around your neck when doing gardening and the like and you want convenient access to a knife. Bottom line for neck knives is lighter= better, and thinner = better if wearing under clothing.
Neck Knives are handy to have. I have carried a pocket knife since I was about 4 yrs. old (it came out of a gum machine but I loved it). Since I am associated mostly with a rural setting and I am always needing to cut something, it is a lot easier to reach for the neck knife than to dig in the pocket for the folder. The size of the cutting job will determine usually which knife I use. My pocket knife is a 2 1/2" liner lock of my design (real simple). The activity I am involved in will usually determine if the neck knife is inside or outside. My Neck Knife is a tanto blade of cable damascus with a desert iron wood handle. Over all length is 6 1/4" and it is light and useful. It is small enough that it has not offended any one yet. As long as I don't make it suddenly appear in my hand, everything is cool. There are a lot of different sizes of knives that can be used for a neck knife and the Kydex sheath can be formed to the particular knife and all you have to do is attach the type of cord to hang around your neck. I have tried using a small snap hook and attaching it where ever I wantd to. It works to. Hope this helped a little. Ray Kirk
I was fortunate enough to check out RAKER's work at the BLADE show thanks to the help of a fellow forum'ite. Very nice knives at very good prices. You may want to contact him offline and see if what he has to offer meets your needs. I think you will be favorably impressed.