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This instructable will show you how you can make a cheap horizontal sheath using any of the all-purpose ones that are traditionally oriented vertically but have the holes and belt slots available. It will be stabilized on its own belt. If your sheath does not have these holes but has room, it seems like it would be easy to drill them out so long as you are certain that doing so will not make the sheath fall apart. However, this is beyond the scope of this project.

I began this project after seeing a few people wearing their survival knives against the small of their back in the horizontal position. It can sometimes be a nuisance when you are out camping or backpacking and you have a larger knife hanging vertically below your belt, flopping around and sometimes hitting your leg when you walk. This was especially the case with my newly purchased Ka-Bar. It has a 7" blade, full length over 12". Aside from this, it is a more natural motion to withdraw the knife in this position, as your hanging arms and hands are already comfortably aligned with how you take out the knife. These are all little details that can often make the difference between a so-so experience and an enjoyable one.
Rambo5562 years ago
Great 'ible! I like the joke in step one. Just don't try to put the KABAR away too fast. I have first hand experience with a factory sharp blade.

how is the knife secured in the sheath though i cant tell from the pics.

kabars are sexy i almost bought one today actually :)
MrMakeveli (author)  crazycommanche=US=3 years ago
Sorry it took so long to reply, I didn't notice you had asked a question. The kabar sheath uses a friction lock, so basically the lip of the sheath keeps the knife held in place. When you give the knife a lil tug it comes out. There is a snap button for the handle, too, if you need to be sure it is 100% secured. I rarely use it though, as the friction lock works well. You can dangle it upside down and shake it and it won't fall out :P
kiete53 years ago
Just don't get too confident trying the not-looking-samurai-sheathing-and-it-gets-in-between-the-sheath-and-your-body
MrMakeveli (author)  kiete53 years ago
To be honest, it's very easy to do. You don't 'stab' it in, hoping you aim right. You place the blade flat against the sheath, then slide it along til you reach the end and place it gently in. Sounds much crazier than it is. Be careful, but honestly you are doing it so slow and gently that there's no way to injure yourself.
The Saxe knife was traditionally warn in this position though the placement was in the front instead of the back
jdege6 years ago
A number of people have carried handguns with the holster in the small of the back. This has turned out to be a rather risky form of carry. In a number of instances, having a pistol over a person's spine turned a simple fall into a crippling injury. I do not believe that a sheath knife would present the same risk. It's flat enough that it'd not put significant pressure on the spine in a fall. But it's something to keep in mind, when considering other items that you might carry in a similar manner.
"In a number of instances, having a pistol over a person's spine turned a simple fall into a crippling injury." Can you point to even one instance let alone a number? This has been a topic of discussion on conceal carry forums for years, but no one has ever provided more evidence than "Well I heard" or "I read some where." -Justus
okto jdege6 years ago
Choosing a concealed-carry handgun with a functioning safety/firing pin block deals with that problem. If impact is going to set your gun off, it's time to think about a new gun.
R4Man18 okto5 years ago
lol fail. Your point is valid jdege. you can basically put this anywhere but a kabar is pretty big so i think that was his only option
jdege okto6 years ago
The issue isn't that the firearm will discharge, but that having a thic, solid object at the base of your spine can cause spinal injuries in the event of a fall.
MrMakeveli (author)  jdege6 years ago
That is definitely something to be aware of. So if you guys are thinking of adapting this, be sure that you can't be injured should you fall and land on it, especially if it is near your spine! I think I will edit the instructable and let people know that they should keep the handle away from the spine.
bkozak5 years ago
Thank you very much for these instructions.  I just finished a belt for my Becker BK2 and it works perfect.  Very simple to make from very common materials.  Thanks again.
nicknack1716 years ago
is that the 7in fighter? good instructable
MrMakeveli (author)  nicknack1716 years ago
Yeah, more details here.