Picture this – a bunch of cowboys is getting ready to knock a punch at a bar. Is this the thought you get while wearing a boot knife? Or, perhaps you feel like hiding in the thick jungle during guerrilla warfare. Some imagine waiting in a helicopter to fight an army.
Don’t sweat! Most of us get those same wild movie visions. But how many know the proper way to wear a boot knife? Jokes apart, boot knives are trendy. People are not safe anymore in the streets of anywhere for that matter. In this post, you will learn the following useful stuff about boot knives:
- Why you need a boot knife?
- How must you choose a boot knife?
- How must you wear a boot knife?
- Extra tips to help your safety
- Conclusive remarks to be safe
Why are Boot Knives Important?
Boot knives make a great hidden weapon. They serve all the awesome purposes of survival knives. Bush crafter, hiker and a hunter all the three use them. Boot knives are concealed in a beautiful way unless you want them. When one is stuck without the original blade, the boot knife becomes a great help. It is usually the law-enforcers who do need a backup.
Concealing a blade in one’s boot allows one to keep a backup knife. You may use it if the knife gets damaged. The advantage of a boot knife is good here. As opposed to a non-attached knife, you will not forget it. Whenever you wear those boots, the attached knife comes along, too.
How to Choose the Best Boot Knife?
Boot knives are known as self-defense and survival knives. Boot knives are small in size. Don’t just pull the boot knife and push it inside the boots. Huge knives change the way you walk. It can press and disturb your ankle muscles. Consider the following aspects before choosing an ideal boot knife for yourself:
- Fixed or Folding Blade
- Thinner Body and Speed
- Length of the Knife
Methods to Place the Boot Knife
There are four methods to place a boot knife:
Almost all like to store the blade inside the boot. Place the sheath over the knife tip-down, inside the boot. Nothing more! This is the easiest method to place the boot knife.
I suggest that this is the best method.
That’s because the blade isn’t stuck to something.
For instance, you’re walking gets tougher when it is fully tightened with the laces. But, when the laces are a little loser, then the blade might fall off. Especially while you are hiking or running, the blade is vulnerable.
An easy method to solve the problem: Fix the knife to anything. Fix the sheath to the ankle or the internal of the boot. There are holsters in some boot knives. This holster can easily be held in the ankle. Use laces to bind the sheath on the leg.
Or one may fix the sheath to the internals of the boot. One good clip is enough. This is some advice to stitch the sheath on the boot.
- Hidden way
- Safe when rightly fixed
- Best with any boot style, too
- Legs can get disturbed
- You have sewed it to the holster
- Shaky when not rightly fixed
2. External of the boot
Fix the blade to the external of the boot. That is a better choice than the internal. Therefore, people can see it easily in crowded places. Hence, use this method wisely.
When one has a lengthy boot with a smallish blade, you can easily fix it. But when you have a smaller boot and a bigger blade, you can use another part to fix it. You also get special blades with holsters for laces. This variation can help you greatly.
- Don’t need to change the boot
- Simple to reach the knife
- Might become tangled with vegetation around
- Not hidden from view
3. In the boot pocket
The best alternative to the above two methods is a pocket. Get a pair with a tailored pocket inside. You can find these in some boots, with special pockets. Only the right blade fits in it.
- No changes needed
- Simple usage
- Need special boots
- Need a special knife size
4. Within the bootlace
In the last way, fix the holster of the knife to the boot laces. Especially, smaller blades do well here. Place the holster near the tongue and add the laces.
- Tough to use on another boot style
- Need a smallish blade
Extra Boot Knife Tips for You
In the above section, we spoke of general stuff. You need extra safety tips, such as:
- Utilize a sheath always. (We don’t mind stressing on this again and again. Please take a sheath. It is your best bet. Walking with a sharp knife with no sheath! This is an easy way to get injured even before any attack.)
- Moreover, during hikes, knives can get microorganisms. Hence, a cut may give an infection. And all hell is let loose.
- Fix the knife based on your handedness. Lefties use left, and righties use the right.
- Your dominant hand must use the knife, remember! The same rule goes to your dominant foot, too.
- Check the local laws. See if hidden weapons are mentioned in the law.
- In some areas, a boot knife is illegal. Learn the laws beforehand unless you want to hurt yourself.
- Train yourself to draw and holster the blade. Such rating might seem a waste of time. But trust me, it is crucial.
- Once you fix the sheath on the boot and before walking forward, use the tie to draw and re-holster the knife.
- Begin slowly and then fast while you draw the knife. The process keeps you from blabbering while fighting an animal. Don’t re-holster fast though. Be mindful and use both arms when hiding the knife. Or you create injuries.
- Don’t leave the knife open or else you harm yourself.
- With kids do remove the sheath and knife. Kids will use shining weapons, and that’s dangerous.
A boot knife can save your life. These blades aren’t only for the seasoned traveler. Each traveler and survivalist can use their benefits. Just conceal it in your boots. Don’t simply stuff a knife in the boots. Pick the right size blade. Buy boots with pockets if you can. Use the extra tips given above.
I hope you would use your intelligence before anything, in the woods. And, what about your boot knife? Place it in the safest place. Make it safer and easier for you when camping.