There are four basic sheath types for belt carry:
vertical, horizontal, canted and cross-draw. The illustrations show
the sheaths designed for a right-handed person (as when the person
is facing you), but the lefty-friendly versions of any of these
sheaths can definitely be made as well.
Vertical sheaths are normally made
with a loop for the belt on the back of the sheath, although they
can also be held on it with a belt clip. The belt loop I usually
make allows belts up to about 2 1/2" wide to fit fine.
This is done for a number of reasons. First, with this loop type
the smooth grain side of leather is always on the outside, making
it much more wear-resistant. And secondly, with some additional
space the sheath can be tilted when you have to sit down, and then
the sheath doesn't get in the way.
||Canted sheaths are made the same way as the vertical
sheaths, but at an angle to the belt. Although the canted sheaths
take up more belt space, they generally get in the way a little less.
||Cross-draw sheaths are practically identical to
the canted sheaths, except that these are worn on the weak hand side
(non-dominant hand side). This offers several advantages, such as
easier access and ease of getting at the knife, and since it is on
the weak hand side it is less likely to get in the way when you are
|Horizontal sheaths are subdivided into regular
and low carry sheaths. Basically, the regular sheath rides almost
level with the belt, while the low carry sheath hangs a little lower,
for those of us with excessive...er...insulation. The horizontal sheaths
almost never get in the way, which is a big plus, although they do
take the most room on the belt compared to other sheath types. But
they can be worn practically anywhere: on the front, on the side or
even on the small of your back. The only issue with horizontal sheaths
is that they sometimes bump into things are you turn, although this
can happen with any sheath to some degree. Horizontal sheaths usually
have belt loops of about 1 1/2", but other sizes can be done
|Note: There are other specialized
types of sheath orientations, such as in-waist-band. These make sense
for only some knives, and can be done on request. So if you need something
totally different from what is described above, email me and I will
probably be able to make one just for you.