So guys working on a potential project or design for a customer/knife maker. I've got a request for a sheath design for a large fixed blade 6.5in. blade to 10.5in. with molle attachment. Two different knives hence the blade length difference.
The snaggle I'm seeing is location and method of carry. So typically large knives for me are carried on the belt, because that works and typically weak side cross draw of sorts. That's my normal mode of carry and 99% of the time that's what I run. That said I don't run a combat knife, more bushcraft because for my application honestly that's what I use. So I put on my plate carrier which is pretty normally setup nothing out of the ordinary. I'm having a bit of a time figuring out a position I could place a knife that large on my rig that wouldn't be a PITA. Horizontal is an option above the bottom row of magazine pouches if you aren't running pistol pouches or anything up high on the chest. Vertical in place of a mag row is another option that is possible but you're limiting ammo and at least from my POV that seems like a step in the wrong direction. That said I'm a civy, just a normal guy I'm not going into combat. If I were though I think I'd value 2-3 magazines of 5.56 far more than a knife. But that's why I'm here;)
So I'm looking for experience ideas and options. This isn't restricted to LEO's or MIL, however I am looking for guys who've run their gear. I really don't much care how so long as you've actually used it in a class etc hell I don't mind if it's airsoft so long as you've rolled around in the dirt with it and tried to run a slung rifle with it etc. Mostly I don't have much experience carrying a knife on my kit other than on my belt and again I'm no secret squirrel;) I'm just a guy who was asked to build something, and you guys know me I'm trying to build the best dang sheath I can within the customers spec, but even more important for my perspective is something that really works well for the guy out in harms way.
Also I should mention materials are up in the air. Some of you know I did allot of kydex bending with clips etc, and I've built my fair share of kydex holsters and sheaths over the years(however most are not posted anywhere;) So on this project because of the application and the customer is a local guy I know. I may build them from kydex and then cover them in 1000D Cordura or some other method that isn't typical of my work. I also might cover them in leather. One of the ideas in my mind is blood/debris and dirt, being able to wash out the rig. Also my reason for covering them is the ability to avoid noise issues with hard objects like the stock of a rifle hitting the sheath. I may be thinking too much into that, but kydex as a whole is pretty noisy and I figure at least from my POV a knife would see three uses. One just using it to cut stuff, noise likely doesn't matter much just daily use. Two it's a really bad day and you're in a knife fight up close again noise doesn't matter but quick access and control does. Three super secret squirrel sentry dispatch ala Hollywood green beret style knife work. This is the application where I see noise being the biggest issue and honestly I'm not a soldier and never was military, but I suspect that role to be a super small minority of mil guys as a whole if at all. Despite what hollywood says;) But I also put my mind in the role and well I would want it as quiet as possible if that was a necessary role.
So input far and wide would be appreciated, I've got some ideas already shaken out, but since this is outside my normal designs etc. I want to get some feedback from a bunch of knowledgeable people before designing and quoting him on this project. I am somewhat time sensitive, shooting for having at least a first prototype within a week or two. Delivering well around the end of my current lead time.
Thanks guys I appreciate any info and experience you've had on the topic;)