Here we go! We’ve checked out all companies that sell knife sheaths and have narrowed them down to the five best. Let’s get things rolling, starting with Raine.
#5 – Raine, Inc. The ultimate knife sheath supplier. If there exists a certain sheath style, this company has it. Offering sheaths for fixed blades, folding blades, ACU knives, and even magazine clips, Raine makes our number five. They a number of styles for their knife sheaths, including camouflage sheaths and horizontal sheaths. Most of their products are made of a durable nylon or polypro webbing. The drawbacks to Raine are that the sheaths aren’t top-notch quality, made of a less durable material than some of the other companies on our list, and Raine doesn’t have an established reputation like some of the others. But don’t let those negatives prevent you from buying Raine’s sheaths, as they still get the job done and come at a price that’s tough to beat.
#4 – Kershaw This knife company has been around for over 35 years, making knives for all kinds of uses. They don’t do much selling of individual sheaths, but the ones they do sell are great quality. We especially like the sheath that comes with their Amphibian knife. The knife itself is a marine knife, measuring 3 3/4″. The knife sheath is made of Kydex material, and it has multiple leg straps and buckles for quick release. Kershaw may not be at the top of our list, but you can be sure the knife sheath you get from this company will be trustworthy.
#3 – Gerber A premier producer of knives, tools, and more, Gerber offers a solid line of knife sheaths. One of the company’s most popular products is the LMF knife, which includes a sheath with two leg straps. The company sells a nylon military knife sheath which has a clip for MOLLE (a military backpack) attachment. One knock against Gerber is that it doesn’t have a huge selection of sheaths. Although, they do sell a wire cutter sheath, which is something none of the other companies on our list sells. And, the sheath for the ASEK knife is approved for use by the military, which definitely counts for something.
#2 – Spec.-Ops. Specializing in nylon tactical gear, Spec.-Ops. brings a great value to the table in knife sheaths. Some of their sheaths include the Combat Master, the Light Sheath Deluxe, and the Multi-Light Sheath. But our favorite model the company makes is the Basic Modular Knife Sheath (currently unavailable, but similar to this one). The sheath can hold fixed knives up to 8″ long and be attached to a belt or a backpack. The downside to the sheaths is that they are made with Cordura nylon, which is not quite as durable as other material used for sheaths. Although, all of Spec.-Ops.’s knife sheaths have a lifetime guarantee.
#1 -Ontario Being a knife company, it would stand to reason that Ontario makes great knife sheaths. Ontario has been around since 1889, and it sells kitchen cutting tools and agricultural equipment in addition to outdoor knives. Ontario produces its version of the LMF knife, along with the sheath that’s included. Like Kershaw, they don’t offer many individual sheaths for sale, although they have a wide variety of sheaths that are included with their blades. Their collection of sheaths includes a leather sheath, a thermoplastic nylon sheath, and a Cordura sheath with a Kydex liner. The negative to some of the sheaths are that the nylon ones aren’t very firm, and when the liner isn’t Kydex, it’s not good quality. But the wide range of sheath styles and the experience of Ontario are what give it the advantage over the previous two companies in particular, and part of the reason that it tops our list.
Honorable Mention – Jake Sully’s Avatar sheath OK, so we’re not sure exactly where you’re going to find a real one of these (you can get a toy one here), but we had to at least mention it because it’s so cool! Jake sports this sheath during his time in his avatar. I won’t spoil the movie for anyone who hasn’t seen Avatar, but the sheath sees some action towards the end of the movie. What makes the sheath so cool is that it carries his curved knife and it’s tied to his chest for easy access. The Na’vi sure know how to make a knife sheath…
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Written by Craig Kent, member of the Best Military Surplus team.