How To Wear A Bushcraft Knife When Carrying A Rucksack

If you normally wear your knife on your belt, putting on a rucksack for hiking is likely going to be problematic. To carry a load efficiently, …

19 thoughts on “How To Wear A Bushcraft Knife When Carrying A Rucksack

  1. Dobro Doggie says:

    No offence, but I think this is a horrible idea. It chaffs your neck, it gets tangled when you take packs on and off, and it gets in the way when carrying two packs. Any one who backpacks or canoes should hate his idea.

  2. Snow Walker Walker says:

    I really like your videos but had to comment on this. Not attacking you because I see so many people doing this. To me it's a fad. NOTHING should be worn around a person's neck in an outdoor environment unless it breaks away and I definately wouldn't want to put my knife on a cord that breaks away in fear of losing it. People have died from strangulation from cord around the neck.

    Not sure why a knife can't be stored in a cargo pocket or lower on the waste off of a belt. If put in a cargo pocket it can be tied off with a dumby cord.

    Have never understood this.

    I'm sure someone will just say I can cut it with the knife if I get hung up and am choking. Good luck with trying to cut a taunt cord tight around your neck.

  3. Draco Bushcraft says:

    I don't like wearing a knife around my neck especially a big one like that.   Should you fall you risk a knife handle jab to your sternum or throat.  For me a better choice is a dangler sheath.  It gets it below the belt and is easy to get the knife out in any position.  

  4. DynamitePants says:

    I favour the use of a good piece of Leather Thong.
    Is strong enough yet in an emergency, like getting caught on something, does have a breaking point.
    As much as I'd regret losing my knife, better that than choking to death on Paracord.

  5. Bastiaan Kuijt says:

    Simple enough!
    By the way, a little piece of paracord with a Canadian jam knot around the handle and through the sheath belt loop secures it very nicely. For when you stow the knife or want to be extra sure that it doesn't come out of the sheath accidentally.

  6. Mad Jack Tramper says:

    Nice simple instructional again Paul.
    A cautionary tale and a solution.
    I used to wear my knife round my neck frequently, However, a few years back I was making my way down a steep snowy gully when I lost my footing. after sliding a ways and rolling on my front to brake with my ice axe and before getting a bite, I came to a jarring halt as the neck cord of my knife snagged on a rock. I nearly broke my neck that day and had a bright red welt round it not to mention a few torn muscles.
    After that mishap, I gave some serious consideration on how to carry my knife when carrying a bergan, the result was that I went out and bought a nice leather dog collar.
    I now have a brass D-ring through my sheaths belt loop and a leather dangler strap from my belt to my sheath and I can keep my knife on my hip at various heights depending on what I am doing and it's easy to adjust with a nice brass buckle.
    I hope this is of interest and perhaps saves a broken neck or two.
    Kind regards, Jack.

  7. Philip Culbertson says:

    Thanks for the video but I hate neck carrying any knife. Any suggestions on how to waist carry and mitigate the pack concerns? I have started using horizontal carry and simply finding a place where it is less of an issue but you may have a better idea that I have not considered.

  8. Neil Robinson says:

    Hi Paul, great video as always, thanks for the tips and advice. I have a question which is a little off topic although you did touch on it toward the end, that is the pack and where / how to wear it – I have a highlander forces 66 which has a system which lets you adjust the height of the pack and thereby where it 'rests' on your body – i've had the waist straps more around my lower tummy above my hips, but looking at how you wear your pack and what you said about using your skeletal system not your muscular system makes a lot of sense, i'm guessing i've been wearing mine too high? Would you happen to have a link to any literature or etc I can read/watch about how to wear a pack properly? Sounds like a silly question, I know, "dur, how do I wear a pack.." but if you think about it, if you're going to be trekking for a few days with 20kg on your back then it's quite important to make sure you're wearing it in the most comfortable and energy efficient way! Thanks in advance if you have the time to reply, and no worries if you don't 🙂 



  9. illyounotme says:

    While turning your knife into a neck knife is one option, there are other options also.

    #1 a dangler sheath. This is the most typical bushcraft option and in fact many bushcrtaft knives come with dangler sheaths. But it is not hard to convert a nondangler sheath into one. There are a bunch of videos and sites explaining how to do this. This would be my first suggestion for carry, 2nd being neck knife.

    Next two are options of attaching to the pack itself, while not always perfect, it gives access to knife and comfort while hiking.

    #2 attaching the knife to the shoulder straps of your pack. Fairly common practice for military folks, and can be useful for bushcrafters too. Depending on your pack shoulder straps you might even already have an easy option to attach or you might need to get some sort of straps to attach with. I have used the velcro strips designed to manage electric cords quite successfully in this.

    #3 similar to attacking to shoulder straps, often the waist strap itself offers a chance to attach to it.

    Next requires an extra piece of gear, but one that is exceptionally handy to have.

    #4 using a front pack that allows you to have your knife inside a pocket but still easy access.

    Two popular companies for front packs are Ribz, and Hillpeople Gear, both which there are many videos and sites online discussing them. Hillpeople Gear, is higher up more on the chest, while Ribz as the name suggests is more wrapped around the ribs. Both are designed to be worn with packs. Hillpeople's pack is more tactical designed, and more suited for Concealed Carry of a firearm though certainly can be used for just storage of high use items. Ribz is more civilian and something I like about it is with the lower wear it offsets the weight in the back very well. Ribz also is vest styled, so if you build heat you can unzip for a bit to allow air flow.

  10. Robert McKenzie says:

    I like to use a neck lanyard but my only concern with the one you show here is around safety.  The loop you're creating has no break away feature and given the breaking strength of paracord this could be a life threatening situation.  If you were to fall and your lanyard go snagged on something it could end up being a choke risk.  It does complicate things a little to add a break away link to it but in the interest of safety I think it's a wise move to make.

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