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Ka-Bar TDI Shark Bite

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The Shark Bite is an inexpensive option for you travelers who have to deal with magnetometers. It has no metallic content, so it can be carried into places where metal knives can’t go.

 

It’s relatively easy to make a plastic, carbon fiber, or polymer blade.  It’s tougher to make a sheath that contains no metal.  Look at every other polymer knife sheaths you own.  See those metal rivets?  It’s more difficult to make a sheath that doesn’t have them.

 

The engineers at Ka-Bar figured out an innovative method to carry the knife in a safe manner without using any metal.  The retention on the sheath is created by studs in the sheath that fit through the hole in the center of the knife.  To draw the blade, you simply push on the studs in the center of the sheath with your index finger and the blade pops free of the sheath.

 

Note the twin studs protruding through the center of the blade. Push those and the knife pops away from the sheath.

 

So, how do you carry it?  You can run it a ton of different ways.  The slots in the sheath can be slipped over a belt so that the blade can be carried like an outside the waistband holster.  The blade comes with a metallic dog tag chain so you can wear it around your neck.  If you are planning on going through metal detectors, replace the metal chain with something like paracord that is non metallic.

 

The holes in the sheath allow it to be suspended by a cord around the belt and carried inside the waistband (a slip sheath).  You can also use the holes to lace the blade to your boots or to zip tie the sheath to any piece of Molle gear.

 

Where I see the best use of this sheath is carried in the front pants pocket.  It’s easy for a person in “business” attire to throw this knife in a front pocket and have a weapon available when they otherwise can’t carry.  The light weight won’t drag down your dress pants like many other blades do.  When I carry mine, that’s how I do it.  Inside the front, strong side pants pocket.  It’s very concealable and pretty quick to access.  If you want a little more stability and a more consistent draw stroke, attach the sheath to a Raven Concealment Pocket Shield.

 

I think this is the ideal weapon for those of you who travel on cruise ships.  If you are going through metal detectors on reentry, but not getting physically searched, this one will get through every time and give you a weapon option for when you go ashore.

 

 

If you haven’t seen the Shark Bite, you ought to check it out.  For less than $15 it provides a protection option that you can take almost anywhere.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The links above from Amazon.com are affiliate links.  If you purchase these items, I get a small percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you.

 

US Knife Laws

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Most of this blog focuses on foreign travel.  With that said, I realize a lot of you prefer to travel in the USA instead.  If your destination state does not have a reciprocity agreement with your home state in regards to concealed carry, many of you will choose to carry a knife for self protection in lieu of your firearm.

 

It may be useful to know each state’s knife laws before you carry there.

 

Staying out of jail is a good thing.

 

Knife Laws and Regulations of All 50 States

 

 

The Static Cord

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Do you know about the simple static cord?  Read the article below

Simple Knife Carry Hack – The Static Cord

Me using static cords to carry both a pistol and a blade.

The static cord is a very good way to carry a fixed blade knife for optimal concealment.  It provides easy access, but you can shove the entire knife down into your pants if necessary and nothing will be seen.  This is how I carry my ceramic knife (will go through metal detector) when I travel internationally.

I had Matt from Zulu Bravo Kydex custom make a non-metallic sheath for the blade.