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Tactical vest (chest located with knife sheath?)

Discussion in 'Gadgets & Gear' started by greg1, Nov 6, 2010.

  1. greg1


    Nov 6, 2010
    Hey guys. My first post here. I'm liking the information here very much. This is a knife related question sort of...

    I'm looking for a tactical vest (it doesn't have to be fully "tactiCOOL"), with the ability to have a KA-BAR sheath mounted in the upper chest (front of the shoulder left or right) mounted.

    It doesn't have to be 100% tactical, but I want the knife there because it is out of the way of my hands and protected from general body motion (I'd always be hitting my hip sheath off of things). Left shoulder inverted seems like a good spot for a knife. Reach across, unbutton and pull.

    Anyone have a setup like this for their woods excursions?
  2. RevDevil

    RevDevil Super Evil Supermod Staff Member Super Mod

    Nov 9, 2009
    Hi Greg, welcome to Bladeforums. You might want to try a search in the Gadgets & Gear section. My suggestion is to look at Blackhawk brand gear and possibly 5.11 brand.
  3. CWL


    Sep 15, 2002
    If you plan on carrying a pack, that set-up will get in the way of shoulder straps, if you shoot a long-gun, that can get in the way as well.

    I think a tact vest makes more sense if you are needing carry options for combat, but for woods-bumming, I think a pack makes more sense.
  4. Smash05


    Jul 16, 2007
    I would say tape or cord it to your pack strap, also, inverted carry can be a liability with a heavier knife, as its biased towards leaving the sheath.
  5. turbo-henrik


    May 23, 2010
    Here's how i carry my Izula, left shoulder, quick as hell to draw and goes in that perfect slicing wave straight out of the sheath.
    This is a Warrior Assoult Systems R.I.C.A.S, which will fit medium sapi plate front and large back and balcs cut softarmor.

    I guess u could try the same with your Ka-bar.

  6. greg1


    Nov 6, 2010
    Dude that is totally and utterly SICK! I love it! And its on the left so you can still shoulder a rifle/shotgun! Amazing! SICK!

    Also, I was wondering something else that I thought I'd just keep here....

    Any way that you guys know of mounting a USMC KABAR (I have the 1245 Tanto fullsize coming in the mail), with a Kydex sheath, horizontally on the back of my belt? I am thinking of just making some 550 Paracord straps for the back of the sheath and sliding my belt through the loops I made.

    I want to be able to concealed carry it in an urban setting. I think horizontally on my belt would be a comfortable place.

    We've had some syringe wielding drug heads robbing people under threat of puncture with the needle around here lately. I have a cold steel AK-47 coming, but, I've decided I want my KABAR to be my EDC because of this. I do not want me or my girlfriend to be caught in a situation like that. If it happened, I'd give my money to him just to avoid the potential conflict, but if they made a move toward me or my girl, I'd want to have some options available to me. The KABAR being one possibility. Tell my girl to run like the wind and I'd make sure he didn't chase her.

    That was a rant, but I just want you guys to know why I'm thinking about this. Probably didn't need to explain because I'm sure a lot of you guys are like minded :p

    Crazy how my (once quaint) city is getting so violent lately.
  7. Chris Pierce

    Chris Pierce Basic Member Basic Member

    Nov 15, 2006
    There are lots and lots of better options than a large fixed blade knife for personal protection. Just think about it. Do you really want a crackheads blood all over you? Go get a CCW and a pistol. Or some mace.
  8. greg1


    Nov 6, 2010

  9. Chris Pierce

    Chris Pierce Basic Member Basic Member

    Nov 15, 2006
    In canada you can carry a KaBar concealed, but you can't hardly own a pistol? What about pepper spray? Stun Gun?
  10. BenchmadeBoy


    Sep 4, 2005
    So stabbing a crackhead with a Kabar is the solution? Me, I'd opt for a nice stout walking stick. Keep the infected needle-waving fiend at a bit of distance.
  11. Zero_Time


    Dec 28, 2006
    If your close enough to use a Kabar, you're close enough you got stuck with the needle. Lose. Other options include sticks, like walking sticks, running, and tossing money/wallets so they stay away.

  12. turbo-henrik


    May 23, 2010

    Thanks! Have tested this setup for some time now, and it works very well for me. I first thought the knife may get in the way or stick out, but i hardly notice its there and really has become a part of the vest.

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