18 Knife Carry Positions for Your Survival Blade

How you carry your knife depends on your intent. Wearing a utility knife in the bush looks very different from wearing an everyday carry (EDC) or even a concealed carry for self-defense.

In as much as possible, holster your knife in a way that provides the best of both worlds. Just be sure to review your local and state laws before sporting any of these carries.

Drop-Leg Dangle

As the name implies, your belt runs through the sheath above the handle and butt of a fixed-blade knife, allowing it to freely dangle alongside your leg.

Outside Waistband (OWB) Tip Down

Whereas the leg dangle places the butt of the knife below your waistline, the standard OWB secures the knife higher up, where the butt of the knife is around your abdomen.

Outside Waistband (OWB) Tip Up

The OWB tip up method of wearing a knife is pretty much identical to the tip down, except for the direction of the blade. Some claim it is a more natural reflex to unsheath the knife by pulling straight down rather than pulling up.

Scout Style

Scout style is when the knife rests horizontally on or just below the belt in the small of your back. It allows you to move freely and sit comfortably without your knife getting hung up or having to be adjusted.

Cant Style

A cant-style carry is a slightly modified version of the scout, with the blade rotated 45 degrees up or down. Many knife experts believe that angled blades deploy easier and are more comfortable.

Static-Line Pocket Carry

A rather small blade is required to pocket-carry a fixed-blade knife. You’ll want to attach a static line from the sheath to a belt loop to ensure you don’t lose the sheath on the draw.

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