Anyone use a neck sheath/holster?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by derek shaffer, Jan 18, 2020.

  1. derek shaffer

    derek shaffer Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 11, 2018
    Considering purchasing one for my ultratech from linos kydex. I know it's a tool and will get natural wear but hate to pay this much for my microtechs and have them scratched up by rubbing keys and such. My other knives I dont care so much but would like to keep my ultratech's and utx85's in pristine condition while still using them on a daily basis. Just not sure if a neck sheath would be more convenient than pocket carry with the clip? Use a knife every day at work and thought I could leave it hanging outside my shirt when I am using it often for easy access, and inside the shirt when not needed. Dont want a belt holster bc I have quite a few tools on my belt at work and no room for one more
  2. Owen K.

    Owen K. Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 9, 2016
    Just my mileage but I cant stand things around my neck. Not even necklaces or chains. I say just keep your front right pocket for knives only. I carry my phone in the same pocket as the knife because it has a rubber otter box on it so it wont damage the blade, also a leather wallet could be swapped for the phone. Hope this helps.
  3. derek shaffer

    derek shaffer Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 11, 2018
    Might try one just for the heck of it, if I dont like it I'm only out $20
  4. popedandy

    popedandy Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 8, 2006
    I have a couple from Linos and have carried neck knives of various kinds in the past. I normally carry the knife inside my shirt. It works fine for me as long as the knife isn't too heavy.
  5. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    I don't particularly care for neck knives and about the only time I carry a knife that way is on the water (boating), primarily on a kayak.

    With folders, you can use a pocket slip to protect the knife from damage from other pocket materials.
  6. herisson

    herisson Apple slicing rocking chair dweller Platinum Member

    Mar 11, 2013
    I carry a neck knife everyday. First thing I put on in the morning, after pants and socks. It's a knife that's always there, down to where I go take a shower. It's nice to always have a knife at hand.
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  7. derek shaffer

    derek shaffer Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 11, 2018
    Exactly the review I was wanting to hear, went ahead and ordered a neck sheath to try out anyway and see how I like it. Really wish I could find a leather pocket slip with a pocket clip so it slides into pocket just like using the knife clip but in it's own protective sheath that clips inside pants pocket
  8. Grandmaster

    Grandmaster Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 14, 2015
    Hitch and Timber has some really good looking pocket sheaths and caddies
  9. Bigfattyt

    Bigfattyt Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 23, 2007
    I neck carry daily. Small ring knife custom on a ball chain. I also often carry a larger fixed blade on my neck.

  10. bflying

    bflying Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 4, 2014
    I've tried it a few times, but don't particularly care for neck carry. About the most weight I can take without going nuts is a Spyderco ARK. Most of my kneckers I simply pocket carry. Fixed blades that don't already have a flat sheath, I'll make a thin sleeve from leather or kydex. And any folders I don't want scratched up, will go in leather of some form.
  11. BitingSarcasm


    Feb 25, 2014
    The key to hanging things around your neck is to make sure that the breakpoint on the chain is less than the breakpoint of your neck. Use the ball chain, or use leather/paracord with a breakaway clasp in it somewhere. I've seen guys get their homemade neck lanyards get caught in things with results that varied from hilarious to (literally) bloody dangerous.
  12. Crimson Cloud

    Crimson Cloud Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 9, 2018
    Depending on what type of work I'm doing, I sometimes carry the ESEE Izula II as a neck knife. The sheath set up allows for a paracord lanyard to be attached to what can also be worn on a belt. The convenience of having your knife in front of you and accessible is remarkable if you are needing to be constantly cutting. The White River ATK is a lighter neck knife that is a good option too. Outside of a work or a woods setting I'm not sure I'd carry a knife this way all the time, but I'm glad to have the option for when it makes the most amount of sense.
  13. herisson

    herisson Apple slicing rocking chair dweller Platinum Member

    Mar 11, 2013
    The paramount factor is... not the knife but the sheath. Depending on the weight tolerance of your neck, you can carry almost any knife as a necker. But the sheath must have an absolutely reliable retaining action... while still allowing an easy draw. Not many brands or makers achieve this, sadly.
  14. reppans


    Oct 25, 2018
    My pockets are full and I like to deep conceal, so I either AIWB-carry a folder, or carry a small fixed blade as a neck knife. As mentioned above, sheath retention is critical for upside down carry of fixed blades. Also as others have mentioned, make sure you use a break-away, like POP barrel connector or a break-away knot. If the knife is on the heavy side, you can double up the cord to distribute the weight better.
  15. gazz98

    gazz98 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 3, 2008
    I tried carrying a few, lightweight fixed blades in a neck sheath when I hiked a few times. I hated it. If you are really worried about scratching up a knife, for $20, it's worth a try. If it doesn't work out, like you said, you aren't out a ton of $.

    I am also a proud member of the cargo pant fan club. Wallet left side cargo. Phone right side cargo. Keys left front. Knife right front. MT on belt or left side cargo. Nothing to scratch my knife. :D

    Would a cargo pant be allowed at your work?
  16. Retired UPS Driver

    Retired UPS Driver Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 25, 2019
    You can try a 9mm magazine pouch (single stack magazine), it fits the Ultratech/UTX85 about perfect. And there are a lot more leather/other materials too that you can choose from. You can form it easily enough if it’s too snug and there are holster treatment wax’s that you can coat the inside of the pouch with to make the draw even easier. Just a suggestion as another option.

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