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    I've heard people complaining about the wimpy leather strap on the sheaths of these knives.

    I guess people are (rightly) assuming that they're supposed to be the suspension system for the sheaths.

    A friend of mine, who is familiar with Norse and Saami reenactors, notes that the sheaths are intended to be stuck under the belt, and that the little straps on the sheaths are there only for security.

    Does anyone else have similar info?

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    Most definitely not under the belt or it is some sort of local tradition. As far as I know puukkos and leukus have been carried from that loop or similar system for ages, not under the belt. Norses can have sum sort of different thing going on tho, but they don't use puukkos per se.

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    My heritage is Finish, and my great Aunt was a Saami, My uncle lives in Canada now, but is from Finland. They all have experience with Leukus and Puukkos, and so do I. I can say with complete confidence that the Leuku and/or Puukko was never carried under the belt with the loop as a safety measure. They were always dangling from the loop off the belt.

    However, a lot of frontiersman in North America carried their larger knives in the manner described above, tucked in the belt. Some of them also used a lace as a security measure.
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    And by the way, none of the real Leuku/Puukko sheaths have "wimpy" leather straps. There very robust and I trust them just as much, if not more, then the d-ring dangler method used on many bushcraft knife sheaths today.

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    I've seen the traditonal style steath danglers at the local SCA a few times and I've got to say they're far from wimpy. 200+ pound guys running and falling with them, twisting them and catching them on other people's gear and I've never heard of one failing. The complaints may be coming based on some larger scale production sheath where the quality is passed over for sheer numbers or the quality of leather wasn't up to par.

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    The leather hangers are also twisted, giving it some shock absorption. I would think that something that was free to move around could "un-hook" itself easily, as opposed to something that is tight to the belt. It is the way to go when in a canoe.

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    Regardless of what is traditional, I detest gear that doesn't stay in place when I move, which is why I don't care for dangler sheaths. I don't like cargo pockets on my trousers for the same reason.
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    Thank you for the info, guys. I guess if the sheaths were meant to be hidden away, they wouldn't be decorated.

    I'm with you, x39, if I am stalking a critter, I don't want any loose gear swinging around unpredicably.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kortoso View Post
    Thank you for the info, guys. I guess if the sheaths were meant to be hidden away, they wouldn't be decorated.

    I'm with you, x39, if I am stalking a critter, I don't want any loose gear swinging around unpredicably.
    Personal preference, the Nordic peoples have been stalking critters for hundreds of years...
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    Keep in mind lots of times these were carried over the jacket or heavy pullover on a different outside belt. The bigger leather fills the loop hole, or in some cases, it dangles off of a metal fastener on the rim of the belt.

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