- Category: 2007
- Published: Wednesday, 31 October 2007 01:00
- Written by Grant Lamontagne
For those who don’t know, On/Scene Tactical is the best place for custom kydex sheaths for anything at all- not just for Trekkers, one handed and otherwise. Eric has been cranking out custom kydex for at least ten years that I know of, and most of the other kydex guys that are around nowadays got their start one way or another from Eric. He doesn’t care for the term “Master” but if he isn’t one when it comes to kydex work, no one does!
Anyways, back to the matter at hand- the sheaths! Virtually identical to the neck sheaths, the belt sheaths have a small kydex loop bolted onto one side to run your belt through. The great thing is that the rivets are placed so that in mere moments (with the aid of your trusty SAK!) it converts from horizontal to vertical carry depending on your needs. Of course, you can also remove the belt loop entirely for neck carry with a length of cord.
The only drawback that I can point out is easily remedied- I find that the belt loop is a little slim for my belts. I don’t think my belts are all that big (and I wouldn’t admit to it if I did!) so this might be a common problem for others as well. As I said, it’s pretty easy to fix- a heat gun or hair dryer can be used to carefully reshape the kydex to suit your belt in no time. I suggest taking the clip off the sheath to do this so you don’t accidentally re-form the sheath by accident, and always start a low heat. It doesn’t take much to make it malleable, and it cools quickly and retains the shape well too.
Kydex is the perfect material for a sheath as it locks the knife in place while still keeping it accessible. As I mentioned in the previous article, the knife snaps in with a significant click so you know it’s in there securely. A quick tug later, and it’s out and ready for work.
I have to say that I really like kydex rigs- they are one of the few methods of carry that I have complete faith in, and I think it’s something everyone should try at least once, whether you get a sheath from On/Scene Tactical, another maker, or try your own hand at it. There’s a reason it’s so prolific these days!