How To Wear A Knife Sheath Properly

By Ryan Leavitt •  Updated: 03/16/21 •  5 min read

A knife sheath is a good storage space to maintain the sharpness of fixed blades. This is a must-have when you’re carrying that fixed blade with you. The best (translation: safest) way to wear this is by looping it around your belt, positioned at the hip.

When blades were used as a weapon and carried practically everywhere, swordsmen would keep it in what they called a scabbard primarily to protect themselves from accidental injuries.

The sheath works in the same manner, especially for fixed blades or knives which aren’t folded into a casing like the Butterfly Knife or those Victorinox-type toolsets with knives.

Some people like to wear their sheathed knives elsewhere in their bodies, like at their back, on their arms, or in their boots.

But many experts will tell you that placing it near your hip, as described above (and will be detailed below), is the best way.

What is it?

A knife sheath is used to protect the user while the knife is not being used or when carrying it.

It is made with different materials, with the user’s safety and ease of release in mind.

It is important to note that these products should always be custom-made or having a perfect fit for the knife model.

It should not be too tight, and forcing the knife inside it may prick the materials used and becomes torn or damaged.

Using a damaged one may cause serious accidents to the person carrying it.

It is usually used for a fixed knife, but due to the growing evolution of knives over time, manufacturers also create a case for foldable ones.

Materials used

A number of knife sheaths made from leather are still hand-stitched today.

This gives the piece a more uniform and classic look while having the assurance that it is delicately made with the user’s safety in mind.

It is usually made with tough animal leathers such as ox hide and cowhide.

For added safety, the pieces are glued together before being stitched.

Manufacturers may also use a plastic skeleton inside it to avoid damaging the leather from the knife’s blade and tip.

Advancement in the manufacturing of nylon fabrics allows makers to use this material as well.

They are usually blended with certain materials in order to make a high-grade nylon cloth that is puncture and tear-resistant.

Some fabric makers make it wear and tear-resistant too.

This fabric is more popular with anti-theft bags, which prevents pickpockets from creating a slash on the bag.

The best thing about this material is how easy it is to maintain and very lightweight too.

Some modern-day knife users prefer this material as it is pleasant to use and very flexible when it comes to designs.

Speaking of fabrics, another material made from a synthetic fiber called Kevlar is used as a knife sheath as well.

It is known for its durability and used for bullet-proof vests.

It is still gaining popularity, and not a lot of sellers carry them.

Plastic sheaths are also popular with users today, with the characteristic of being waterproof and light.

It is reliable to carry the knife with its strength.

The best thing about choosing this material is how easy it is to clean them.

Unlike the leather and nylon fabric, using a plastic product can stay longer for better.

How to wear it

Before knowing how to wear them, the user should first consider their comfortability of carrying a knife.

This will give an idea of what is appropriate for them.

Though most folding knives already provide safety because of their tear-resistant handle or body, fixed knives are needed to be in a sheath to protect the user with its sharp blade when carried around.

Most knife enthusiasts would put it in their belts while considering their significant hand.

When placing it in a belt, make sure to place it on the opposite side of the prominent hand.

For example, if you are right-handed, place it on your left side.

This will allow proper picking up when needed for emergency purposes.

It would be easier for your prominent hand to reach the other side, and use the same hand where you are comfortable in holding it.

Placing it on the same side of your prominent hand will require you to bend your arms, which may not be easy in different situations.

Some sheaths have a pocket clip with a flexible tongue so it can be worn easily inside the pocket or over a belt.

Other sheaths and knives have a hole that is dedicated to a carabiner, which will also make carrying a knife easier with belt loops.

When placed inside or outside the backpacker, the first thing to check is how secure the knife inside it.

Using the knife may expose the edges and will cause the bag’s fabric to be torn or damaged.

Where to buy

There are a lot of knife sheaths sold on the internet – more than you can imagine! It could be made from different materials, but always try to get more information about the quality.

Some YouTubers that are also knife enthusiasts review great brands, giving you a general picture of what to expect when it arrives at your doorstep.

Just in case you cannot find it in a local store, explore other designs by going online shopping.

This will allow you to check other options that could be available in another country.


Make sure that instead of looking for what would be the coolest knife sheath to use, it is important to consider first if it fits well with the knife.

It is also important to choose the best material that will suit your needs, to prevent serious accidents.

Make sure that you are also placing it in the best place where you can access it easily.

When talking about knives, it is important to pay attention to safety as they could be a very dangerous tool for anyone.

Ryan Leavitt

Hi my name is Ryan Leavitt a Marine Corps Veteran and currently an over the road trucker (Long Haul). I am no expert chef but am enjoying preparing my own meals on the road and testing all the different knives.