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Boot Knives - Collecting the Boot Knife and Self-Defense

Mar 2, 2008
First designed for military use and combat, the boot knife is now widely used for civilian purposes such as biking, hiking, personal protection, hunting, fishing, and competition throwing.

The boot knife is a fixed blade, which means it does not fold. It is typically worn inside the boot or can be attached to the boot. Concealment is the reason for boot knives, as they are easily hidden under the pant leg. They are used for protection, such as in fighting and sometimes in competition throwing knives. They are typically symmetrical and double-edged although they can be single edged. Most are straight edged or plain, although some have a serrated edge.

Boot Knives Are Good For Self-Defense -

There are times when carrying a gun is not possible and to feel protected, carrying a knife is the next best thing. For safety's sake, the best place to carry a knife is in your boot. Not everyone feels comfortable with a knife in their boot and would rather have it in a place where it would be easier to access. These people might use a boot knife but keep it in a side pocket, attach it to their belt, or under their shirt in a neck pouch. But the boot sheath is the best for speed. Boot knife blades range in size from 3-5 inches and are used for both military and civilian self defense uses. The handles are almost always made of a flexible rubber for ease of gripping. However, there are boot knives with handles of wood or other materials, such as molded celluloid.

Throwing Knives -

Boot knives, sometimes referred to as throwing knives, come with a sheath for protecting the person carrying it so there are no nicks on the skin, as well as to protect the blade from dulling. Throwing knives are just that, they are knives that are light weight, compared to the boot knives, which are thrown at something, someone, or a particular target for protection or in a competition. Meant to be thrown instantaneously at an attacker once drawn out of the sheath, boot knives are very aerodynamic.

Practice -

Kneeling down to obtain your boot knife may take some practice. And having a reason for kneeling down might take even more practice to come up with an excuse or reason. But if you feel threatened or are being attacked, that is reason enough to kneel down and retrieve your boot knife and protect yourself or loved ones.

Depending on what you are going to do with your boot knife, from cutting or skinning animals to protection, this is where you will need to decide which knife is best for you.

Boot knives can be used as utility knives, which mean they can do just about any task asked of them, from cutting twine to cutting small tree branches. Or if you are going to be field dressing, hunting and/or filleting fish, there are boot knives made for your every day hunting needs. Boot knives can be any type of knife concealed in the boot.

Boot Knife Sheaths -

One might consider a boot knife to be glamorous but it takes a lot of skill, practice and knowledge to properly use one. It also takes a lot of intelligence to know when to use one. Knowing how to install the sheath properly inside your boot can cut down on accidents. Some sheaths allow the user to control the pressure inside them and adjust how hard or easy it is to pull the knife out of the boot and how easy or hard it is to replace the blade back into the sheath.

Fixed Blade is the Best -

Boot knives can be bowie knives, other hunting knives or fix-blade knives. Folding knives can be carried in the boot, but tend to defeat the purpose of the quick access in case of emergency protection purposes. The fixed blade will remove a step in having to open a folding blade knife. The main idea behind a boot knife is the concealment and how you are going to retrieve the knife.

Carrying a concealed weapon, such as a pistol of some sort, you would need a permit to legally carry it. And even thought the boot knife is a concealed weapon, you do not need a concealed weapon permit to carry one. According to many websites, as well as in person stores, you must be 18 years old to purchase a knife of any kind. And it's important in today's homeland security society and general public safety, to reveal the knife's whereabouts to authorities at airports, police stations and police check points. Be ready to show your boot knife at events such as concerts and ball games, anywhere large groups of people are gathered.
About the Author
William "Cole" Doggett is the owner of Knife & Supply Company, LLC. Here, you will find a massive selection of Boot Knives and a slew of related items at some of the best prices on the Internet. Stop by and grab yourself a boot knife!
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