Neck knives question, "550" cord or necklace?

Neck knives question, "550" cord or necklace?

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    Neck knives question, "550" cord or necklace?

    I am looking for a good neck knife. I know of the becker and Ka-Bar last ditch, but what some other good ones and do any come with a necklace? or cord? What combos are you guys/gals wearing? thanks!
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    Probably best on a breakaway chain.

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    I don't put things around my neck that could be used to choke me.
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    550 cord is a no no. Its a very efficient at choking the guy who's wearing it as a necklace. A break-away chain is ok, if you MUST use a neck knife. Break away wont choke you out, but it's a good way to give your neck knife to the bad guy if he gets it before you do. I just dont like the idea of a neck knife.

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    +1 to what kb2wji is saying. It's not a good location to access either. If you want to wear it that way then break away chain is the only option. I know it's crazy but just the idea of a loop of 550 around the neck sounds like a serious safety issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gideon View Post
    +1 to what kb2wji is saying. It's not a good location to access either. If you want to wear it that way then break away chain is the only option. I know it's crazy but just the idea of a loop of 550 around the neck sounds like a serious safety issue.

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    That's why I was wondering why some people post pics with a 550 lanyard. Breakaway it is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Augrunt View Post
    That's why I was wondering why some people post pics with a 550 lanyard. Breakaway it is.
    Cuz 550 cord is tacticool. Not so much though when the coroner is unraveling it from your neck

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    Neck carry is, I think, a poor way to carry a knife. The knife is hard to access and tends to shift around a lot with movement, particularly if you end up rolling around on the ground. The chain or cord can be used to choke you.

    The best knife hands-down, as far as small knives for defensive use go, would be the Emerson La Griffe. They're real hard to find lately, though, as Emerson has a production line that focuses on one model for X period of time, then switches.
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    MIL SPEC 7 Strand Core Paracord is tested to tensile strength 550 LBS.

    I make my custom fire-starters and put them on Paracord but they are to be put/carried/stowed any location but, around the neck.
    If it is ever a contest between a human neck & Paracord 550 the neck will always lose.

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    SWMBO and I carry Mantis Cyclops neck knives (review coming as soon as I take pics). She uses the bead chain it came with, I use 550, but with a breakaway in it, not a solid piece of cord.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SamRudolph View Post
    Neck carry is, I think, a poor way to carry a knife. The knife is hard to access and tends to shift around a lot with movement, particularly if you end up rolling around on the ground. The chain or cord can be used to choke you.
    I agree with this. Now, I do have a neck knife...a Ka-Bar BK11 Becker Necker...it's a nice little knife, good to throw in a survival kit, or use around a campsite (instead of my Gerber LMF or RAT-6). I might wear it on a belt, or possibly a boot, but never around the neck.
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    Just purchased,was going to use 2 pieces of 550 with break away clasp.I know CHINA but Live on a very tight budget.Please rate knife,good or bad all welcome.Paid $14.99 Colt Black G-10 4 5'8", 2" bladeCT450.jpgCT4501.jpg
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    AFA 550 cord goes, this is where knot knowledge comes in. Tye half a fisherman's knot in end 1 around the other end and the melted blob of end 2 creates a breakaway situation (as long as it's not too big). Do it twice and anyone who tries to grab you by paracord will be left with nothing but a hank of cord.

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    I gut the strands out of my paracord & run the chain through it. Then I meld the ends just short of either side of the barrel clasp. IMHO, it's smoother, quieter & still give the break-away advantage of the chain. Plus you can use the more readily available "silver" chain & have any color cord sleeve you want.
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