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6 Best Boot Knife Reviews-Buyer Guide 2021

If you love to go on outing adventures and hunting then you have to take about any minimal thing that can help you in critical survival situations.

If you are on hunting or in the survival situation, then you can manage without clothes or smartphone but cannot without the most basic needs like clean water or food.

Similarly, it becomes very hard to survive without the things that can help us getting food or a temporary shelter in survival situations.

Rothco Raider II Boot Knife, Black Matte

We are talking about the boot knives. Boot knives can be helpful to us in critical situations to survive. So, what is Boot Knife and why we need it when going for hunting?

A boot knife is the very compact size of a sharp knife. It is really lightweight and we can carry it with us without any problem. It has a long cord attached with it so that we can wear or tie it with our pants or put it in our long neck hunting boots and use it when required.

This is why they are called boot knives. When it is worn in the neck then it also called the Neck Knife. So what is the main use of Boot Knife?

Some hunting boots come with extra bootstrap for holding the boot knife.

  • It is very small and easy to hide so that we can use it very easily.
  • We can use it to cut the fruits and other eatables.
  • We can cut the ropes with it.
  • It is very small and easy to hide so that we can use it very easily.
  • It can be used to cut the branches with leaves to make the roof of a temporary shelter.
  • We can bind it with a stick to take work from it as a spear to survive from the wild animals or to catch the fishes.
  • It can be used to remove the scales from the fish.

They are some of the main uses of a Boot knife. But its uses are not limited, you can use it in many other ways to survive.

Kershaw Secret Agent 4007

Kershaw Secret Agent (4007); Concealable Boot Knife

This boot knife is made of stainless steel rated 8Cr13MoV with high carbon heat treatment suiting its strength and best performance. It gives you a firm grip with synthetic polymer handle beside a rubber casing making it secure, reinforced, stiff and stable.

The blade is coated with a black oxide of tech-rich which serves to boost its outlook and resistance to corrosion as it converts the steel make to magnetite.

Kershaw has a high-performance sheath providing a perfect belt or UWB clip and leg-strap carry slots that serve every user’s accessibility preference.

  • Corrosion-resistant
  • Firm grip
  • Perfectly conceals
  • Has leg carry slots
  • A tough sheath that may cause ankle chaffing
  • Single-edged

Kershaw Secret Agent (4007); Concealable Boot Knife

S and W Boot Knife Fixed

S and W Boot Knife Fixed 3.375 in Blade Rubber Handle

With a length of 7.5 inches and a 4.4-ounce weight, Smith-Wesson boot knife features a 7Cr17Mov steel rating make. The blade is made of a concealable oxide of black high carbon, reinforced on the stainless steel for resistance to corrosion and durability.

The handle is made of thermoplastic rubber assuring you of a firm grip; thumb-press and finger-guards for security. It is also easy to carry around and access since its sheath is made of suitable fiberglass nylon.

  • Corrosion-resistant
  • Firm grip
  • Perfectly conceals
  • Has leg carry slots
  • A tough sheath that may cause ankle chaffing
  • Single-edged

Boot Knife Fixed by Smith & Wesson

SOG -Snarl Fixed Blade

 SOG Small Fixed Blade Knives - Snarl 2.3

Featuring a tang knife blade of 2.3 inches, SOG-snarl knife stands out for its compact fixed tactical blade suited for neck, hunting or EDC. The blade is made of 9Cr18Mov rated stainless steel polished with satin, making it ideal for discretion.

The knife is sturdy, has a neck chain enabling you to secure it anywhere and gives you the multi-grip craft of ring finger blade choil, pommel ring and jimping for a customizable grip. It has a well-designed sheath and clip for well fit on boots.

  • Built to last
  • Grant warranty
  • Perfect design
  • Concealable
  • Multi-grip
  • The stainless-steel handle is a slippery
  • Single-edged

SOG -Snarl Fixed Blade

Tactical Neck And Boot Knife

Tactical Neck Knife

Simply wonderful, precise and accurate. From the design to the purpose, the Tactical Neck knife is one of a kind. The small size of 6.7-inch full length and a 3-inch blade suits it well for discretion. It is made of 3Cr13Mov stainless steel adding to its strength and durability.

The blade is covered in a well-fitting sheath with a neck strap giving it a multipurpose use. The Tactical Neck Knife handle is made of high-quality paracord giving you a firm grip. It also features a finger ring hole at the handle end for a secure and steady grip.

  • Easy to carry and conceal
  • Well designed
  • Strong and durable
  • Firm grip
  • Irksome

Tactical Neck Knife

Old Timer 162OT Boot Knife

Old Timer 162OT Boot Knife 7.8in

Weighing 3.9 ounces, this 7.8-inch-long knife is made to serve you at your best need. Its elegance is worth reckoning as it is made of 7Cr17MoV stainless steel giving it a beautiful shiny appearance.

The handle is made of Delrin saw-cut slabs and the blade is high carbon crafted to make it strong and durable. This Old Timer is dependable and suitable for movement; it has a bold brown leather sheath for belt and boot clap.

The knife is secure and will give you a wide range of uses from hunting to camping and small to big cutting tasks.

  • Durable stainless steel
  • Elegant full tang design
  • Strong and sturdy
  • Well-fitting on boots and belt.
  • Poor quality leather sheath

Old Timer 162OT Boot Knife 7.8in

SOG Small Fixed Blade Knife

SOG Small Fixed Blade Knives

SOG is instinct built for EDC and protection. The knife is made of a 5Cr15MoV satin stainless steel blade of 1.9 inches. It is light-weight making it easy to carry and move with and multipurpose; it can be used as a belt knife and features a chain for neck use and a swivel sheath clip for boot use.

The knife is durable and constructed in a finger grooved handle and jimping to enhance the grip, ergonomics, and control of the blade.

The design serves it well as a neck knife and also concealable when used for boots making it stand out among the best.

  • Durable steel make
  • Easy to carry along
  • Firm grip
  • Resistant to corrosion
  • Multipurpose
  • Single Edged
  • Small blade compared to handle size

SOG Small Fixed Blade Knives

CRKT Sting Fixed Blade Knife with Sheath

The Columbia River boot knife is a top contender as well, and is less expensive compared to the other knives…

….which makes me wonder if you will sacrifice some quality, because less expensive knives tend to be less quality than more expensive knives.​

However after reviewing this knife, it is a top notch knife, which you can get a big bang for your buck.

Is it sharp or not? Oh you can bet your silver dollar the Columbia River boot knife is sharp.

CRKT Sting Fixed Blade Knife with Sheath

The blade is constructed from 1050 carbon steel (which is a top quality metal) giving the it extreme sharpness and durability.

It can slice through fabric, wood (nothing too thick) cables and when throw in tile it sticks in pretty deep. So I wouldn’t worry about it not being sharp, however you will need to maintenance this knife every now and then…

…. depending upon how much you use, could be every day to once a month.

The grip of the knife is pretty good, due to the design of the grip being a contoured integral handle, which allows your hand to feel as though there is nothing in your hand.

I would consider though, that if you like bigger knives that you choose a different one, because it is a smaller boot knife.

CRKT Sting Fixed Blade Knife with Sheath

5 Quick Tips Wearing a Boot Knife

Since you landed on this page, I’m sure that most of you already own a boot knife and you are ready to bring it to action.

A boot knife is basically a small fixed-blade knife which is designed to be carried on your boot. There are several important considerations which you must take into account for picking the best boot knife such as the design of the blade-point and overall length of the blade.

Furthermore, boots knives will usually come with a sheath and a clip too. If not, I would highly recommend buying a decent knife sheath and a clip before attempting to wear the boot knife.

Even if you don’t know the basics of wearing a boot knife, you don’t need to worry. I will cover all the important basics for wearing a boot knife.

Tip 1: Tailor how you wear your boot knife according to the type of knife

To identify the best method to wear your boot knife, you need to understand the type of knife you are holding.

There are generally two types of blade – a fixed and folding blade.

Folding Blade connects the blade to the handle by using a pivot, which allows you to fold the blade into the handle. This means you will be much less susceptible to injury as compared to having a fixed blade knife provided the folding blade can lock onto position well. For a folding blade, there are various locking mechanism available which you can explore including slip joint, compression lock and frame lock.

Fixed Blade is what its name connotes, that the knife has a blade which is ‘fixed’. Most people who choose a fixed blade over a folding blade is often because fixed blades are stronger due to its tang. Besides preppers, outdoorsmen would also conceal a fixed blade because it has a multitude of uses.

Furthermore, you’ll need to take into consideration the blade length too.

After understanding what type of knife you own, you can choose a method of carrying which best fits you. This means you’ll be able to know clearly whether you want to put the knife inside or outside the boots and how you want to store it.

Tip 2: The knife should be easily accessible

No matter how you store it, you should ensure that the knife is easily accessible.

There are several considerations you need to look at for making your knife easily accessible.

First, you need to choose your clothing wisely. There are some types of clothing which limits your options for concealing your boot knife. For example, if you wear a skirt or a dress, you’ll only be able to store the boot knife inside your boots if you want to keep it concealed. I would recommend wearing jeans or long pants so that you have a choice to conceal your boot knife externally.

Second, you will need to look at the design of the knife. If your folding knife has a wave-shape opening feature, you’ll be able to use the spine of the blade to hook onto your clothing. It will be able to release really quickly too.

Third, you want to ensure that there are minimal barriers for accessing your knife. Ideally, I would recommend putting the boot knife at the side of the boots especially since there will be minimal obstacles when you want to access the boot knife. If you store it under your feet, it will be really difficult to access the boot knife. I would usually only recommend putting a spare knife under your feet.

Tip 3: Pick a suitable knife sheath 

The knife sheath is the protective layer which holds the knife. It’s made to ensure that the knife is protected and that the person carrying the boot knife don’t get hurt.

The sheath should be made from high-quality materials, where the outer layer of the sheath should be soft so that the person wearing it don’t feel uncomfortable carrying it around and the inner layer is reinforced with materials that will ensure that a sharp blade cannot pierce through. For example, some sheaths which are made from leather will have reinforcements (such as metal sheets) placed either inside or outside of the sheath.

If your knife starts feeling loose in the sheath, you may want to invest some money in getting another more suitable one. The knife sheath will be important to

Tip 4: Remember to keep check of your local regulations

Before wearing a boot knife, remember to check your state’s regulations.

For example, previously, in Arkansas, the state’s statute made it illegal for someone to carry a knife as a weapon. The statute specifies that any knife that has a blade that is longer than 3.5 inches (8.9 cm) constitutes prima facie evidence that the knife is carried as a weapon.  Do note that Arkansas eventually repealed this law.

However, there are other states in the United States which has restrictions towards what knives you can carry and how you should carry them.

One excellent example is the Indiana law which makes it illegal to be found in possession of a dagger, dirk or switchblade knife on school property.

Although this tip is not directly relevant to wearing a boot knife, I thought it is important to highlight that you should check out your state’s laws before moving around with a boot knife.

Tip 5: Understand why you are wearing the boot knife

There are several reasons why most people want to conceal a boot knife.

First, if you wear a boot knife to carry out survival tasks, you may want to get a knife which is long and sharp enough to fulfil those tasks. Also, you may want to opt for fixed blades because the tang of the blade would be strong enough to fulfil your needs such as being a backup knife to cut firewood.

Second, to protect yourself from an immediate threat. If this is your sole purpose, I would recommend that you conceal an extra knife. This gives you more opportunities to reach out for your knife and it will increase your chances of survival. Since how the threat comes would be unprecedented, the fact that you conceal more than one knife gives you the option of reaching out to a suitable knife.

Also, it’s better to place the boot knife externally so that it’s much easier to reach. You’ll be able to defend yourself easily. Another excellent option is to get a knife with the wave shaped opening feature which is extremely helpful. You’ll be able to get your knife out in seconds.

Conclusion

Having a boot knife and wearing it well will make a world of difference especially when you are caught in a SHTF situation. After understanding WHY you need to wear a boot knife, you will easily get to know HOW you should wear it.  Once you get the basics right, you’ll be able to feel comfortable moving around with a boot knife and feel reassuring even when you are caught in an ordeal.