A boot knife certainly shows one way of carrying a knife, but there are a variety of ways to carry a knife, even a boot knife. You can carry a knife in your pocket, which would usually be called a pocket knife. You could carry one on your belt, which about 30 or 40 years ago were the only ways to carry a knife. However, today, there are many ways to consider carrying your knives, even boot knives.
Hunting Knife First -
First and foremost, a boot knife is a hunting knife, usually with a fixed-blade knife. A fixed blade does not fold up and they are not real long. These knives do a variety of things such as help with field dressing when hunting and skinning an animal. A boot knife can be a utility knife in which they do jobs such as cut tree limbs for fire when camping, cut twine for a campout, and cut just about anything needed. Because they are 'quick draw' type knives, they are not folding knives.
Concealed Knives -
Boot knives are concealed weapons and they are concealed under the pants, in the boots, or clipped on to the boots. They come with a pocket sheath to prevent your skin from being nicked and the blade from being damaged. However, some people prefer a strap style sheath, which attaches to your leg with straps.
For Protection -
Men and women carry boot knives and having to get your hand down near your leg is not a problem for most people. And in an emergency, there is no time to think about why or how to have your hand near your boots, you just react. Women carry the boot knife for protection more than men do. Men carry the boot knife more for practical purposes, using it to cut things and sometimes for protection. It is a good idea to take a class in using and caring for knives before purchasing or using a boot knife.
Throwing Knives -
Boot knives are sometimes called throwing knives, because once they are removed, you are going to throw them at something. Competition style throwing knives are lighter weight than boot knives or hunting knives, but are carried in the same manner, under the pant leg.
Police and Military Personnel -
In addition to their sidearms, many police and military carry boot knives as an extra precaution. There may be a time when they cannot carry their gun or cannot reach it, and a knife is the perfect alternative to the gun.
Hunters Like the Boot Knife -
Hunters are another group of people who carry boot knives in their boots. When they are sitting in the deer stands and need to cut something or throw a knife at a squirrel or other small animal, they have it handy because their legs are near their arms and their hands.
Carrying a knife in your belt can be dangerous not only for you but for others if you are in a crowded area. Walking by someone, you might bump into them and knick them with the knife, even if it's in a soft sheath.
Having longer boots and sitting up high, like police men and women on horseback find it easy to carry their knives on their boots. They find it easier to reach their boot knives because they are sitting up close to their boots. In addition, most people on the street will not even notice them.
Horseback Riding Benefits of a Boot Knife -
Anyone riding a horse would benefit from wearing a boot knife because there is always twine or other things that need to be cut and a boot knife would be perfect, because it's out of the way until you need it and will not bother you when you are riding.
Easy Access for Bicycle Riders -
Bike messengers and postal carriers could also benefit from wearing boot knives. The bike messenger might need a boot knife to cut open a package or defend him self against someone, even a rabid dog. The postal worker would basically need a boot knife for the same reasons: opening a package, cutting twine or rope, and protection.
There are many working people who would benefit from wearing a boot knife, but what about an everyday person who just wants protection and peace of mind? The boot knife is perfect for this person as well. There is no need to obtain a concealed weapons certification; however, it is recommended that you get some type of knife training before wielding the knife at just anyone or anything. Many of the super center sports stores and outdoor shops offer classes on knives and how to use and maintain them. You must be 18 years of age to purchase a boot knife or any knife according to many state laws, but check with your state to find out what the exact age is.
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