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#38693 - 03/12/05 09:25 AM Neck Knives
Hutch4545 Offline
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Registered: 04/08/04
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Anybody have any experience or insight with knives like these:

Would be carried in addition to EDC folder. Useful or Useless?


#38694 - 03/12/05 12:57 PM Re: Neck Knives


You can find a review of the Becker BK-11 (first pic) here:


Useful? You be the judge...


#38695 - 03/12/05 05:08 PM Re: Neck Knives
Paul810 Offline

Registered: 03/02/03
Posts: 1428
Loc: NJ, USA
You have to remember that because the handle is so thin it will be uncomfortable to use for an extended period of time. The Perrin might be a bit better, but the Necker and Crawford will certainly become uncomfortable after a while. However they are so thin and light that they are usually very comfortable to carry and easy to hide. I'm not a huge fan of carrying a knife around my neck, but it is a method that has been around forever and it doesn't take up any pocket or belt space. All in all you really have to decide what you use a knife for and if the knife will work in that role based on reviews you read.

#38696 - 03/12/05 05:46 PM Re: Neck Knives
Chris Kavanaugh Offline
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Registered: 02/09/01
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Neck carry is an ancient method 'rediscovered' by an industry always promoting new products. Disadvantages are the same restrictions as to blade length carry in urban environs. I wear a Mora on a neck lanyard under my shirt. IT's my PSK companion if I lose everything. More than once I've returned to 'civilization' unconsciously still wearing it and in fact comitting a felony in California <img src="/images/graemlins/blush.gif" alt="" /> The lanyards themselves are a liability. What holds a knife securely also works well on jugulars and vertebrae. I use traditional lampwicking with a breakaway stitch. It's far more comfortable, safer and a ready source of tinder. Blade size will dictate the usefullness of any knife. Some people carry SAKs and are quite happy, so a full tang equal should prove as good if not superior. You just have to apply the same criteria to a kneck knife as a big brother re: skeleton handles, geometry, steels etc. The position is no more superior or inferior to any other carry; hip,crossdraw, boot dagger or backpack. What you are carrying or doing will dictate the 'best' carry. If your present system works fine. Buying a neck knife because it's there is succumbing to the glossy pages of the latest knife magazine <img src="/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />

#38697 - 03/12/05 06:32 PM Re: Neck Knives
SheepDog Offline

Registered: 02/27/05
Posts: 232
Loc: Wild Wonderful WV
I also carry a Mora as a neck knife. I find the #1 or #1260 to both be good sizes for neck carry. I have them attached to a rawhide bootlace tied in a fisherman’s knot so that it is adjustable as to size of neck loop.
The Mora can be worn with a tucked in shirt and drawn through the neck of the shirt if you adjust he loop so the handle is just below neckline.
I started carrying neck knives during the summer on the lakes since with no pockets or belt in a swimsuit there were a limited number of carrying places. You could also be wet up to the waist with out having your knife wet.
Chris is correct about it being an ancient carrying method made new again. Some American Indians, Nordic peoples and several nomadic tribes found this carry method useful for their small utilitarian work knives.
When the wolf attacks he will find that some who run with the flock are not sheep!

#38698 - 03/12/05 08:01 PM Re: Neck Knives
KenK Offline
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Registered: 06/26/04
Posts: 2023
Loc: NE Illinois
I have a Necker Becker. I really like the blade's size and shape. As others have said, the handle is a bit short and its skeletal nature feels odd in my hand.

It would be cool if someone made a set of custom scales that could be screwed onto the handle and then removed when desired. I would prefer the scale handle to be much longer than the skeletal handle. Does anyone know someone in the injection molding business?

#38699 - 03/12/05 10:08 PM Re: Neck Knives
bountyhunter Offline

Registered: 11/14/03
Posts: 1224
Loc: Milwaukee, WI USA

Why injection mold?

Take one of your "whittling" knives, a nice piece of wood, some brass rivets, epoxy glue, urethane based wood stain, and do up your own design.


#38700 - 03/12/05 10:15 PM Re: Neck Knives
frenchy Offline

Registered: 12/18/02
Posts: 1320
Loc: France
I own a Fred Perrin's "griffe" (a somewhat different model), that I carry around my neck when traveling by car around the country.
Good design, good quality.
As others have said, it sure is a small blade, but for defensive purpose it will do the job.

As for using it for other purpose, why not ?
I don't use it to open cardboard boxes, because :
- it's too nice a (custom) knife to use for such a menial task ! ; <img src="/images/graemlins/smirk.gif" alt="" />
- the neck carry principal advantage is discretion, so I won't get the griffe out of its hiding place on trivial occasions.

But I did use it once in a relative's kitchen to cut some meat for cooking (his kitchen knives were in such a poor shape ... !!!!). <img src="/images/graemlins/cool.gif" alt="" />


#38701 - 03/13/05 12:44 AM Re: Neck Knives
norad45 Offline

Registered: 07/01/04
Posts: 1506
I think that any one of those blades would be far better than no blade at all. I also think that any one of those blades would be a fine complement to any quality small folder now in existance.

Regards, Vince

Edited by norad45 (03/13/05 02:12 AM)

#38702 - 03/13/05 07:01 AM Re: Neck Knives-thigh carry
bountyhunter Offline

Registered: 11/14/03
Posts: 1224
Loc: Milwaukee, WI USA
One of my more colorful posts on this subject seems to have disappeared, so let's try a dry, dull version.

When I was much younger, I used to carry a 6" double edged dagger blade in a sheath tied to the inside of my left thigh.

I had a hanger strap going from the upper ( Had a lower tie down belt holding the bottom of the sheath around the thigh also.) thigh belt to a nylon belt around my waist under my underwear.

You had to be careful pulling that knife out.

The first posting was much more fun.

Bountyhunter <img src="/images/graemlins/cool.gif" alt="" />

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