Or anyone who has used an actual back scabbard and found that, wow, you can't take out a long blade, and it's super-hard to put any blade back in!
This could also be useful for LARPing.
Anyway, this 'ible will show you how to build a back scabbard that is much more usable than any other I have ever seen, and can also be invisible. Some of the ideas came from back scabbards I have seen where only the bottom few inches of the blade are encased, and the handle sits on something to hold it in place (like this). I said, hey, let's just hold the handle area with a magnet-WAIT A MOMENT. Let's just hold the whole blade up with two magnets - one at the handle, one further down!
That's the whole basis for this 'ible. My particular incarnation is invisible also.
Step 1: Materials, Tools, Etc.
So, with that in mind:
1 Belt per Blade + 1 Belt (2 belts for 1 blade, 3 belts for two blades) (the way I did it, which is certainly not the most stable way it could be done)
I used 2 wide, D-ring belts for over the shoulders. I would not recommend them, as the D-rings tend to slip a little every time the contraption is used - but being wide did make them comfortable.
I used one wide, elastic-y ladies belt for the waist (really chest) belt. It worked very well.
Hard Drive Magnets or other strong, flat magnets - 2 per blade
Scrap denim or other tough material.
Strong sewing thread.
A Blade that this is for (in my case, 2 machetes).
One tight t-shirt (for increased stability and comfort)
Hacksaw and Vice (for dealing with Hard Drive magnets, possibly)
How to get Hard Drive magnets:
Then, once you have them, you should have one where the face of the magnet is the highest point, and one which has pegs and/or extensions of the base which go past the face of the magnet. You want only magnets where the flat face of the magnet is farthest out.
Put the pegs of the magnet in a vice, nice and tight, and hit the magnet (gently!) with a hammer. The peg should pop out. The legs, on the other hand, must be cut off with a hacksaw. NOTE: if you use a hacksaw near a strong magnet, the magnet will end up covered in metal filings, which are sharp and not fun to try to brush off with bare hands.