that a lot of time is spent discussing carry options
for knives. Little time is spent discussing deployment
options. All deployment options are carry options but
not all carry options are deployment options.
Carry option: method of carrying a
knife so that it is secured in a sheath and accessible.
Various levels of security depending on the need of
the user. If you are carrying a fixed blade for say
hunting, chances are your knife will not be needed as
a primary weapon.
Most common and traditionally encountered method is
the strong side hip carry, edge to the rear. Most of
the time it will be a leather or even kydex sheath with
a thumb break. The sheath may have what seems to be
a lot of extra material and is very heavy duty since
concealment is not an issue.
Deployment options: the point of all
this. Deployment options are ways to carry your blade
so that it is fast to deploy. Most of the time this
means that your blade is your primary weapon.
Since the knife is your primary weapon it is imperative
that first and for most your carry method be comfortable
or you may choose to leave it at home. Comfort has a
lot to do with your body type and normal activities.
I have a short torso so a traditional strong side IWB
is out of the question for me. Not to mention that I
spend a lot of time behind the wheel of a car.
After comfort I would consider conceal ability next.
When I think about conceal ability I go by the least
amount of clothing I typically wear as a standard. When
I am off duty I always wear a Polarmax t-shirt under
a t-shirt or polo shirt. If I can conceal it under those
conditions then I will be even easier with a vest or
jacket. This allows me to carry the same way 90% of
Again this depends on body type but even more on what
and how you are carrying your knife. Most kydex sheathes
come with Tek-Locks. While an excellent way to attach
to tactical gear I am not a fan of these for CCW. They
have a tendency to place the knife far away from the
body creating two problems.
One is printing through concealment garments and they
other is creating snags. When the sheath sits away from
your body it has a habit of hitting corners and catching
on chairs when you sit down.
Now that we have been able to carry our blade comfortably
and conceal it with our choice of carry option let's
talk about reliability.
is going to mean that we can:
Reach the knife with both hands from just about
any position we can imagine ourselves in. Standing,
sitting in car, on our back, face down, crouching
When we reach for the knife does the position force
us to put a hand behind our back taking a hand way
out of the area it should be in protecting from
groin to neck. How much space would we need to have
to draw something from behind our backs?
Does the sheath that it is carried in allow you
to get the Master (Saber) Grip while it is in the
sheath? Or do you have to pop a thumb break then
Can you get a cut on the draw stroke without coming
to the outside or up this telegraphing your move?
When I first began to think about
these things and they way that you would want to carry
a fixed blade knife when it was your primary fighting
tool I found plenty of carry options that were exceptional
in comfortably and conceivability but the deployment
was no where need what I wanted.
The first carry option that passed the deployment test
was the Static 67. The first one I ever made and used
in the Static 67 video was a CRKT Companion (IMHO the
best inexpensive fixed blade for Martial purposes).
Now I have making the Static 67 cord down to a science.
Then it was just hunk of para cord tied to your belt
or belt loop. If you are right handed, look down at
your midline. The cord once attached to the sheath should
be affixed to or behind the first belt loop to your
left at the 10 0'clock position.
The sheath is just shoved down at a 45-degree angle
so it almost lies horizontal to the waistband. The primary
draw stroke and the knife exits the sheath is from low
left to high right commonly referred to as and angle
IMHO this is the absolute hardest angle to defend against
since it comes from an angle and under eye level. Since
the sheath is not affixed to a belt it allows it to
move with you to some extent. It also lessens the chances
of you stabbing yourself during resheathing since the
sheath is hanging outside your pants.
The second and method and the one that to my surprise
had taken off more that I would have envisioned is the
mercharness. For carrying a fixed blade for CCW I can't
imagine anything better that works in more conditions
and with more body types.
The problem with fixed blades is that they have a tendency
to poke and prod the body in different positions due
to their length. This encourages people to either carry
very short blades or stick to folders. Again once draw
the primary cut is the Angle 6.
Having a great knife that you carry every day for CCW
and not having a deployment option for may be like having
the ant venom for snakebite but not having the combination
to the case that it is in.