The Effective Sheath–Carrying the Large Blade

Custom Leather Sheaths for large bush knife, Kukri, and Bowie
A large, heavy knife is a very useful tool. It is versatile, with its long cutting edge and impressive chopping power. It is durable. And it should be fast to access, compared to a hatchet. Its biggest problem is that it can be cumbersome and awkward to wear on the person, where it belongs.
While one might expect that the weight of a knife is a major issue, think again. How many people consider a small handgun, such as a Glock compact, to be “awkward and cumbersome?” Well, fully loaded, the Glock weighs about 32 ounces, which is more than the big, heavy bowie knife shown in these pictures. The lighter, but still large, bush knife weighs almost as much as a loaded Ruger LCR. Also, many hatchets with 1 1/4-pound heads and 15- to 18-inch handles weigh about 28 ounces, yet many people consider them to be well-worth their weight. But they are very rarely worn on the person, so if the backpack is lost, so is the axe.
A good sheath is the best answer to the problem of keeping a high-powered working tool attached to its operator, and quickly accessible for all those “littles” that we need the tool for as we work and travel in the bush.Sheath details
So, how do these sheaths actually ride on the belt? Here are a couple more photos.

Notice the quick-release buckles, which allow rapidly moving the sheath from a regular pants belt, to other carrying systems such as a military ALICE or MOLLE belt, Sam Brown belt, gun belt, pack-frame belt, or other location. In SECONDS.   To further stabilize the sheath, some individuals may wish to add a second leg-strap.
Custom Leather Sheath for Ontario Kukri--cross-draw position
Here is the same type of sheath, this time carried in the high crossdraw position. I think this would be the preferred position for a person who is doing a lot of running or jumping, because it is very flop-resistant. That is, if other equipment does not interfere with the location.
If you don’t always want to carry the knife on your person, it will still work just fine inside your day-pack, or strapped on the outside. Or, fastened to the rack on your ATV; or, ….
Ask anyone who has carried a handgun extensively, and they will tell you that the type of holster can make a huge difference in the comfort and usefulness of the weapon. The same is true with knives. So, for the serious woodsman, bushcrafter, or survivalist, would not the effect of a good sheath system for the primary working blade be of very high importance?
Do you have a large blade (8-12 inch) that you would like a sheath of this type for? If so, contact me! I’d be happy to help you.


About christophersknifeblog

I am a knifemaker and dealer, and live a very diversified life in the mountains of central Idaho. I love nature, agriculture, and homesteading. My knifemaking motto and advertising slogan is, "Knives Built for the Bush." I intend them to be efficient, durable, comfortable, functional, graceful equipment for life's challenges and opportunities. My website is Please visit!
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