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    I carry a boot knife - an A.G. Russell (CRKT) Sting 3B. But not in a boot. It clips perfectly on my belt, weak side.

    Looks like this:



    That stainless steel clip fits a 1.5 in. belt, perfectly. Also, the knife is quite thin but strong. Razor sharp.

    Can easily set-up as a neck knife, if desired.
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    Quote Originally Posted by G26Raven View Post
    Okay, 5Lima30ret, TSKnight, msgt/ret, and viney266, how do you wear these knives? Strapped to the outside of your boot, inside the boot, or????
    Clip outside with blade inside the boot. Taller boots, so it was all hidden under the pant leg, same as an ankle gun. It never moved around and stayed put. It took me several months to trust it to be secure, but after all these years? I am fine with it. You need a knife with VERY good retention.

    Old style is on the left, and the current one I use is on the right. I just got the new one this fall as I like the retention better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by G26Raven View Post
    Okay, 5Lima30ret, TSKnight, msgt/ret, and viney266, how do you wear these knives? Strapped to the outside of your boot, inside the boot, or????
    I wore mine clipped to the exterior of my left flight boot which had the speed laces that wrapped around the top of the boot which helped hold it in place. I used mine more as a last ditch tool for cutting webbing, rigging, and occasionally prying stuck links out of a Mini-gun feed chute after a jam.
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    I have been looking into these as well. Have a few picked out but there are some great choices out there.

    Here's a few I really like. Some are inexpensive but I do not think any are junk.

    1. Randall Guardian with Thuya burl. Top of the line and outside my budget right now at $525. If not in stock at AG Russell, it is 10-12 months to ship. That is faster than ordering direct though.

    https://agrussell.com/knife/Randall-...Burl--RA-M24TW

    2. Boker Applegate-Fairbairn Boot knife. This one is very nice.

    https://www.bladehq.com/item--Boker-...rn-Boot--40126

    3. Katz Avenger 4.3". This is a nice looking knife

    https://www.knifecenter.com/item/KZB...cordura-sheath

    4. SOG mini Pentagon. I will need some lightweight easy carries as well.

    https://www.knifecenter.com/item/SOG...-kraton-handle

    5. SOG Pentagon. Iconic knife that gets great reviews. There is also the Seiki City original that is collectible.

    https://www.knifecenter.com/item/SOG...e-nylon-sheath

    6. AG Russell Sting 3. Beautiful knife that I really need.

    https://agrussell.com/knife/A-G-Russ...-3--AGST-T3HCO

    7. CRKT AGR Sting 3B. Probably the most practical for ease of carry.

    https://www.knifecenter.com/item/CR2...d-nylon-sheath

    8. Boker WWI German Army Trench Knife. Probably the least practical but really cool. Made to the original 1915 specs that Boker originally produced. Carbon steel as well.

    https://www.knifecenter.com/item/BO1...l-specs-121918

    9. Gerber Guardian Backup. Some have claimed the tip to be delicate compared to the SOG mini, no experience myself.

    https://www.knifecenter.com/item/GB5...eviews#reviews

    10. Kershaw Secret agent would be perfect but it is not double ground.

    11. Boker Magnum brand Sghian Dubh. Not double ground either but while I dismissed the Kershaw for that reason, I kinda like the look of this one. It is a modern take on a Scottish design. Therefore it is not a boot knife since Scotts don't wear boots? This was traditionally carried in their pantyhose. My buddy that has been instructing me in some knife skills that is a retired Royal Marine, has a real one of these. When he wears his kilt, it is either in the pantyhose or the purse, I'll have to ask him.

    https://www.knifecenter.com/item/BO0...leather-sheath

    That is everything on my radar currently. If I missed anything good, please let me know.
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    Alas...wearing boots in the South Texas Sauna means having to stop and empty the boot that has filled with sweat every few minutes.
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    That's an indiwidual symptom, OldChap...in all the years since '64 I've lived in LA and TX, my feet are never wet and sweaty...work boots, cowboy boots, sneakers, clogs, or barefoot.
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    Some interesting choices there, MMinSc, including a few I had not seen. Thank you. My big frustration is few seem to come with a sheath really suitable for boot carry. I would think the best arrangement would be a clip that goes inside your boot and then a couple of set of "wings" on the sheath to thread velcro straps through to fasten the sheath around your boot. I haven't seen anybody that makes something like that and I really hate to buy yet another knife that requires an aftermarket sheath. So far, I've bought two that way and by the end of the day, you're almost into the sheath for half the cost of the knife.
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    Quote Originally Posted by G26Raven View Post
    Some interesting choices there, MMinSc, including a few I had not seen. Thank you. My big frustration is few seem to come with a sheath really suitable for boot carry. I would think the best arrangement would be a clip that goes inside your boot and then a couple of set of "wings" on the sheath to thread velcro straps through to fasten the sheath around your boot. I haven't seen anybody that makes something like that and I really hate to buy yet another knife that requires an aftermarket sheath. So far, I've bought two that way and by the end of the day, you're almost into the sheath for half the cost of the knife.
    I know what you mean about buying sheaths. I am not familiar with this sheath, but it does have straps as well. The AG Russell Sting:
    https://www.knifecenter.com/item/CR2...e-zytel-sheath

    I dunno. Just buy the Randall Guardian man. That way the price of a custom sheath will only be about 8% of the knife price and you won't feel so bad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MMinSC View Post
    I have been looking into these as well. Have a few picked out but there are some great choices out there.

    Here's a few I really like. Some are inexpensive but I do not think any are junk.

    1. Randall Guardian with Thuya burl. Top of the line and outside my budget right now at $525. If not in stock at AG Russell, it is 10-12 months to ship. That is faster than ordering direct though.

    https://agrussell.com/knife/Randall-...Burl--RA-M24TW

    2. Boker Applegate-Fairbairn Boot knife. This one is very nice.

    https://www.bladehq.com/item--Boker-...rn-Boot--40126

    3. Katz Avenger 4.3". This is a nice looking knife

    https://www.knifecenter.com/item/KZB...cordura-sheath

    4. SOG mini Pentagon. I will need some lightweight easy carries as well.

    https://www.knifecenter.com/item/SOG...-kraton-handle

    5. SOG Pentagon. Iconic knife that gets great reviews. There is also the Seiki City original that is collectible.

    https://www.knifecenter.com/item/SOG...e-nylon-sheath

    6. AG Russell Sting 3. Beautiful knife that I really need.

    https://agrussell.com/knife/A-G-Russ...-3--AGST-T3HCO

    7. CRKT AGR Sting 3B. Probably the most practical for ease of carry.

    https://www.knifecenter.com/item/CR2...d-nylon-sheath

    8. Boker WWI German Army Trench Knife. Probably the least practical but really cool. Made to the original 1915 specs that Boker originally produced. Carbon steel as well.

    https://www.knifecenter.com/item/BO1...l-specs-121918

    9. Gerber Guardian Backup. Some have claimed the tip to be delicate compared to the SOG mini, no experience myself.

    https://www.knifecenter.com/item/GB5...eviews#reviews

    10. Kershaw Secret agent would be perfect but it is not double ground.

    11. Boker Magnum brand Sghian Dubh. Not double ground either but while I dismissed the Kershaw for that reason, I kinda like the look of this one. It is a modern take on a Scottish design. Therefore it is not a boot knife since Scotts don't wear boots? This was traditionally carried in their pantyhose. My buddy that has been instructing me in some knife skills that is a retired Royal Marine, has a real one of these. When he wears his kilt, it is either in the pantyhose or the purse, I'll have to ask him.

    https://www.knifecenter.com/item/BO0...leather-sheath

    That is everything on my radar currently. If I missed anything good, please let me know.
    FYI, the "new" Gerber Guardian looks like it has been changed since the original handle was quite a bit different. The SOG Pentagon looks decent... but I am one of those that does not like serrated blades except on divers knives. I have a Camillus boot knife that seems to be pretty well made (USA). Not sure where I got it,may have been Smokey Mountain Knife Works Company.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 5lima30ret View Post
    FYI, the "new" Gerber Guardian looks like it has been changed since the original handle was quite a bit different. The SOG Pentagon looks decent... but I am one of those that does not like serrated blades except on divers knives. I have a Camillus boot knife that seems to be pretty well made (USA). Not sure where I got it,may have been Smokey Mountain Knife Works Company.
    The Gerber Guardian has changed quite a bit; the one I posted was purchased in the late 1970s. The handle was metallic with a covering that provided a good grip even when wet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by msgt/ret View Post
    The Gerber Guardian has changed quite a bit; the one I posted was purchased in the late 1970s. The handle was metallic with a covering that provided a good grip even when wet.
    Yup mine was like that too! I think it was about $23 as I recall at the Ft. Bragg PX!
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    The Guardian is a different model now. Technically the Guardian Backup and it is a good deal smaller too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by G26Raven View Post
    Some interesting choices there, MMinSc, including a few I had not seen. Thank you. My big frustration is few seem to come with a sheath really suitable for boot carry. I would think the best arrangement would be a clip that goes inside your boot and then a couple of set of "wings" on the sheath to thread velcro straps through to fasten the sheath around your boot. I haven't seen anybody that makes something like that and I really hate to buy yet another knife that requires an aftermarket sheath. So far, I've bought two that way and by the end of the day, you're almost into the sheath for half the cost of the knife.
    That is exactly why I add the strap inside the boot. The sheath goes between the strap and the boot with the clip towards my leg.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TSKnight View Post
    That is exactly why I add the strap inside the boot. The sheath goes between the strap and the boot with the clip towards my leg.
    I am having a hard time picturing what you have described. I get the sheath going inside the boot, but I would think the clip would be more comfortable over the top of the boot (since most clips have a bend at the bottom to prevent them from coming off the belt)?
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    Quote Originally Posted by G26Raven View Post
    I am having a hard time picturing what you have described. I get the sheath going inside the boot, but I would think the clip would be more comfortable over the top of the boot (since most clips have a bend at the bottom to prevent them from coming off the belt)?
    Will try to get pictures tomorrow. My tablet is not cooperating with me tonight.
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