How to Carry a Sheath Knife


Whether you find yourself locked in mortal combat with cutthroat trout in Colorado, a bonefish in the Florida Keys or a moose in Montana, you need a knife. Properly carried, a sheath knife is a fine tool, one that can cut the heaviest monofilament line, take a prospective dinner from the hook to the frying pan or mark a trail in Maine. Improperly carried sheath knives, on the other hand, offer the unwary the opportunity to visit the nearest emergency room to repair small stab wounds or fingers.

Carry Options and Safety

  • You might be the guy who carries a folding knife in a pants pocket and a sheath knife in the tackle box, but some fishermen want greater access to the knife. If you decide to wear your sheath knife on your belt, remove the knife from its sheath and set it aside. Slip your belt through the loop on the back of the sheath and secure the belt's buckle. Position the sheath on your belt where it's most comfortable for you, as long as you can reach and see the sheath and the knife easily. When you sheath the knife, hold the sheath with one hand while you insert the knife into the sheath with the other. Carry and use your sheath knife safely, too; don't use the knife when off-balance and keep the sheath's safety strap secured.

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