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Knife concealment?? Answered

OK, i was wondering about how to conceal a knife, and i remember listening to Nocturnal podcast by Scott Sigler, and one of the gangsters had a knife in his shoe. i was wondering if i could hide a knife in my shoe like this:
1. put the knife under that removable pad in the shoe.
2. cut a hole in the back of the shoe that looks like this:

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dont mind the periods, they are just place markers.

3. tie a string (fishing line) to one of the holes in the back of the handle, run the line through the above hole in the back of the shoe.
4. drill a hole in a quarter and tie the string to the quarter, then stick it in your pocket. when you need the knife, grab the quarter from your pocket, lift your leg with the shoe and knife, then pull it out. the way you cut it, the flaps will open and the knife will slide out, but will stay closed all other times. could someone please make an instructable on this, or tell me if it would work by testing it out?

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iaroot (author)2012-09-25

Several options:
Neck knife (as a wheel chair user, this is my favorite when a pistol isn't viable.
Arm pit - see articles on merharness
Forearm harness
calf harness (not very convenient)

Small
wallet (see http://www.amazon.com/ASR-Tactical-Non-Metallic-Wear-Resistant-Non-Dulling/dp/B003B4SV30/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1348590822&sr=8-1&keywords=ceramic+blade)

dog tags (google dog tag knife)

cane (LONG blades)

Sin glasses ear piece / spike

The best knife to have in a fight is the one you have with you and can get to (most fights would happen quicker than a shoe heal draw and eventually the washer in your pocket would become an impediment to wearing daily)

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testingthelimits (author)2010-01-24

 1. The shoe will probably fray around the slot you cut into it. 
2. That is a pretty long string you're attaching to the knife. You're going to have to pull it out, then reach down and actually grab the knife?
3. Use a washer, not a quarter. 

I have comfortably carried a single edge razor in my shoe with a method similar to the one described above. (one of the small, thin, disposable ones, sometimes used for scraping paint off glass). It was pretty easy to get to while sitting down, (bend your leg back and reach through the slot into your shoe) and it came in handy for some utility stuff. 

You have an interesting idea here, I think you should consider scrapping the quarter and string and just carrying a second knife somewhere else to access when you are standing up, leaving the shoe knife for when you are sitting down/tying your shoe... 

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I carry a Knife with me every where i go, I found that an An ankle holster is very comfortable and easy to acces and conceal, some Shoulder harnesses are nice, but you must wear a Jacket over them to conceal them. I would recommend using an ankle holster, they allow you to carry almost any knife on you with out drawing suspicion.

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Ummmmmm.......that's not a bad instructable, but do you really think a shoe is the best place to conceal any weapon? If, for some reason, you have the need to carry a CCW it should be in a place easy to reach, not like a shoe....it would take waaaaayyyyyyy to long to get a hold on.

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LoneWolf (author)LoneWolf2010-06-09

BTW - If this knife is being concealed for self - defense purposes, it would need to be fixed blade and longer than four inches. Thus, it would be rather ridiculous to try to hide a knife large enough to be a weapon in a shoe.

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 Not a weapon. A knife. Shoe knife will never really be a good weapon. I carry razor blades for utility purposes (cutting zip ties, opening boxes/packages)

I wasn't actually looking for a place to hide a knife. I was looking for a place to carry a single edge utility razor. They are rather difficult to carry without a case of some sort and a shoe keeps it from cutting my clothes/hands/ flesh while providing a blade that I am unlikely to leave the house without. 

Also, read my concluding paragraph, specifically the part where it says "you should consider.... carrying a second knife.... to access when standing up.... leave shoe knife for when hands are close to shoes." (paraphrased)

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Oh, sorry. Usually when people use the word "concealment" they mean for defensive purposes.

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It was my bad, I tend to use words too literally sometimes.

Hiding a knife in your shoe for self defense is definitely not the best idea. 

Using your shoe to hold an extra utility knife is a good (or at least viable) idea. 

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Yeah.........in that case then it's not a bad idea at all :)

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Kiteman (author)2008-11-30

Firstly, a knife is only good for self defence if you have been trained in its use, and if you can get at it quickly. Since you are planning to conceal your weapon in an awkward place, it is clear you have not had the training. Secondly, in the UK it is an offence to carry a concealed weapon. The definition of "concealed weapon" is so broad and vague that even a newly-bought knitting needle, still in the packet, could be cause to receive a caution; a knife in a shoe could get you community service or a short spell inside.

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KentsOkay (author)Kiteman2008-11-30

You poor, poor weapon deprived Europeans... I mourn for thee...

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Arano (author)KentsOkay2010-03-09

no need to mourn, i am allowed to carry a longsword with me whenever i want... what would your police do when someone enters a mall with a sword? ;)

greeatings from germany

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Kiteman (author)KentsOkay2008-11-30

That's as may be, but violent crime, including gun-crime, is apparently on the decrease in the UK.

How many people do you know who have personally been the victim of violent crime? I only know two, and they were both with me when we got mugged by a bloke who was apparently high on something, and was armed with a cosh.

Ironically, we were walking home after watching the first Robocop film in the cinema.

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KentsOkay (author)Kiteman2008-11-30

How many victims I know? I'd say 3. How many prevented victims do to guns? 6 i do believe...

LOL, that's irony for you...

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Kiteman (author)KentsOkay2008-11-30

That's one attack I know of in 41 years, compared to your nine in less than half that time.

LOL, that's maths for you....

(If we'd had a gun between us, instead of three mildly surprised and dented teenagers, there would probably have been one dead one. I know which I would prefer.)

(The only European country with a constitutional right to bear arms and store loaded guns at home, Switzerland, is also the country with a gun-use murder rate, per capita, second only to the USA - seven times higher than the UK, double Germany and Italy)

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A.C.E. (author)Kiteman2008-11-30

if only America would take up the eye for an eye policy like japan.. (sighs) oh well, at least we have courts, but live demonstrations of people being dismembered by law enforcement would definatly hit on the psyc of would-be criminals.

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Lithium Rain (author)Kiteman2008-11-30

A knitting needle?? That seems a little extreme...

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Sandisk1duo (author)2009-01-20

just don't be patting you knife every minute to check that it's still there

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LoneWolf (author)Sandisk1duo2009-01-21

Yeah that would be pretty stupid

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Sandisk1duo (author)LoneWolf2009-01-21

that's what people do, and cops look for that

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LoneWolf (author)Sandisk1duo2009-01-21

Yeah a lot of people when they have a knife and their nervous about something-being attacked or getting the knife by security will sub-concuisly touch the knife to kind of reassure themselves

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Weissensteinburg (author)2008-11-29

First off, why do you need to conceal a knife? Second, the knife would be extremely uncomfortable to walk on. Third, why don't you test it and tell us if it would work? Grab a cheap pair of shoes from goodwill, or somewhere of the sort, and test it.

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A.C.E. (author)Weissensteinburg2008-11-29

A1. self defense. A2. no, the knife is a throwing knife, only about a quarter inch thick, and my shoes are flat, but expensive. A3. yeah, maybe. then i will put an instructable on it. works best with shoes like vans, or etnies, but shoes with any arch support at all... pain.

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LinuxH4x0r (author)A.C.E.2008-11-30

Yeah, but you don't need to conceal it. I always carry mine clipped to the side of my pocket or on my belt.

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Or he could just put it in his pocket.

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A.C.E. (author)Weissensteinburg2008-11-30

well, if I'm going to conceal it anyway by putting it in my pocket, I might as well conceal it somewhere nobody would guess. Kiteman: I live in America, and in Virginia as long as it is not a ninja star, ballistic knife, dirk, Bowie, or illegal fire arm, you can conceal it with I concealed weapons permit. I have been trained just about as far as a friend who was trained can get you, along with Internet and practice.

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Weissensteinburg (author)A.C.E.2008-11-30

If you're going to conceal it, you might as well do it somewhere easy to get to. pulling it out of your shoe isn't going to be very quick.

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A.C.E. (author)Weissensteinburg2008-11-30

well if it is done following the instructions, you lift your foot, like girls do when kissing in movies, then tug on the string.

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Weissensteinburg (author)A.C.E.2008-11-30

When you're about to fight, you don't always have time, or room to lift your foot and pull. Plus, do you want a string hanging down to get caught?

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Guess where the other guy's knee is going

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You can't map out a fight. you never know how it's going to happen. With all the tumult, your best bet is to have your knife as ready as possible.

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A.C.E. (author)A.C.E.2008-11-30

but I guess your right. I should just skip the trouble of a permit and wear my gerber lmf 2 strapped to my hip.

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KentsOkay (author)2008-11-30

Make an ankle sheath and pack it in your sock, just you have to wear pants.
Or get one of these:
http://www.bowenknife.com/
I've got the 3inch double edge, it is awesome...

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