Depending on the laws where you live, you may or may not carry around with you, daily, any assortment of means of protecting yourself and your family. Blades, firearms, or improvised weapons like the ones with which we train in the Family Safety Protocol classes.
An important part of any weapons training system is the carry and deployment of any and all weapons that you are training to use. A training system that does not address this is simply incomplete and possibly fatally so. This video of Tuhon Tom Kier lecturing about weapons deployment says it all. How you carry and deploy your weapons is of such critical importance that it should be trained constantly. You should do reps drawing your weapons. You should train drawing your weapons under stress. You should train accessing multiple weapons should you fail to draw or lose a weapon from your hand.
Thus, the carry system you chose is also of vital importance. Manufacturers often make the design of the blade the primary focus of their product. Overlooked is the actual carry system from which the weapon will need to be produced. The stock sheathes that come with blades and even firearms are not always ideal, depending on your training and how you use them. This is not necessarily a fault of the manufacturer or designer (although, sometimes it is), but more from a need to design something that will be “good” for the majority of potential buyers out there. But when it comes to protecting ourselves, we don’t want to settle with “good enough.” We want something that we know works through trial and error during our training.
Enter the need for custom, after-market designs. Nick Saglibene, owner of BladeRigs.com, is an Associate Instructor in Sayoc and Atienza Kali and uses his expertise, gained from years of training in the combat application of the blade, to design some of the best kydex sheaths and carry systems out there. Not only is the craftsmanship excellent, but the designs are well thought out and have a purpose.
Form and Function is the name of the game when it comes to a carry system. Your carry system should be practical, efficient, and most importantly, fast and effective. This all needs to be trained regularly but with the right carry system designed by someone with applicable experience, many of the benefits of that experience can be passed on to you for a small cost when compared to the thousands of hours spent testing different designs.