Keeping your knife well-protected is paramount to maintaining its edge and aesthetics, which is why it is always a good idea to buy a knife sheath along with your knife. Aside from the added protection, knife sheaths also allows you to carry your knife with you while hunting, hiking or any other similar situations. Although many custom knives will have their own handmade knife sheath, there are those that do not, in which case you will have to buy a separate knife sheath.
There are different types of knife sheaths, and in the previous blog post we went over leather knife sheaths and why you would want one… but along with leather, there is another knife sheath material that is quite popular nowadays – kydex knife sheaths.
What is a Kydex Knife Sheath?
Kydex, as a knife sheath material, is made from thermoplastic. This is very different from knife sheaths made of ordinary plastic, since Kydex has better qualities. Kydex is not just used in making knife sheaths, but also other products such as gun holsters. In a sense, the Kydex knife sheath is a very modern take on knife sheaths.
Advantages of a Kydex Knife Sheath
Kydex as a knife sheath material is gaining popularity because of it provides many strong features and benefits. First, since it is made from thermoplastic, it is not prone to damage from moisture like water, blood, skin acids and oils and others. Thus, you don’t have to worry about any damage even if you drop,your knife sheath in the stream as you clean your catch, or smear blood on it after skinning your game. Furthermore, if it gets dirty, Kydex knife sheaths are easy to clean and maintain.
Kydex knife sheaths are one of the most durable types of knife sheaths available. It doesn’t easily break, even when dropped on hard ground. It also keeps its shape over time: it doesn’t shrink, expand, or warp.
Disadvantages of a Kydex Knife Sheath
Despite all its advantages, Kydex knife sheaths do have a few disadvantages.
The biggest issue with most knife owners with using Kydex knife sheaths is that, unfortunately, it can dull the knife blade. Repeatedly sliding your knife in and out of the thermoplastic knife sheath is said to cause the edge to lose its sharpness. However, this is only true if you use a Kydex knife sheath that does not fit perfectly with your knife, and you find you need to force your bladed into and out of it.
There are also some knife enthusiasts who do not find this particular knife sheath aesthetically appealing, and would still prefer to go for the classy look of a leather knife sheath. However, if you do not really care about aesthetics and simply want a functional knife sheath, then this shouldn’t be a problem.
If you are looking for a knife sheath for your knife, you may want to consider getting a kydex knife sheath. It is doesn’t require much maintenance and is awesomely durable, and if you don’t mind the plasticky look and feel, then you shouldn’t have any issue with it.