What Is A Neck Knife Used For?

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One of the main qualities to look for in a tactical, survival, and utility knife is portability.

Being able to safely bring the blade around with you, whether that be in your bag, pocket, or belt, is essential to its functionality.

But did you know that one of the easiest ways you can carry around a knife is on your neck?

Yup, you read that right, there are knives out there that are designed to be carried around by a cord wrapped around your neck, and we’ll be talking about this tool in detail in today’s article.

So if you’ve been asking yourself, “what is a neck knife used for?”, you’ve come to the right place.

Read on to learn more.

What Is A Neck Knife?

As the name suggests, a neck knife is one that is worn around your neck, similar to a necklace.

It is usually a small fixed-blade that is carried by a cord attached to a sheath that hangs from the neck.

The cord can either be made out of natural and synthetic materials, a leather throng, a braided paracord, or even ball chains like you see in military dog tags.

Some of these knives are designed to be carried handle up, which allows you to use a simple leather sheath.

However, there are also some other models designed to be carried with the handle down, and in this case, a form-fitting sheath has to be used so that the blade stays in place until yanked with enough strength.

An alternative to this is using a loose-fitting sheath fitted with magnets that the blade attaches to so it stays in place.

In either case, whether the blade is handle-up or handle-down, you remove the knife by using your dominant hand while your non-dominant hand (or offhand), holds the sheath.

What Is It Used For?

Not all neck knives are the same, and some have very different designs from each other.

That being said, one thing stays constant and that’s that all these knives use a small fixed blade that can easily fit into the sheath.

This means that the blades can be used for a whole lot of different things ranging from cutting open envelopes, all the way to slicing fruit, slicing twine, and can even be used for self-defense.

Essentially, these have the same functions as pocket knives, only they are carried differently.

These would be great as extra knives on a survival trip as it’s easy to carry, very lightweight, doesn’t take up too much space, and can accomplish a lot of the tasks that may be deemed to intricate for your larger knives.

On top of that, these blades are stronger than folding ones, as they are fixed.

So if you’ve been on the hunt for a small, compact, yet highly durable tool that is easily carried, this could be your pick.

This blade is so accessible and can easily be drawn, making it an ideal self-defense tool, and since it’s carried on the neck, it could even avoid you having to deal with legal issues if you live in an area that has strict rules and regulations when it comes to concealed blades.


Lightweight & Compact

This is the first advantage of these blades.

Since they are so light and compact, you can easily bring them anywhere you need.

Whether this is as a casual tool for self-defense, or if you’re heading out on a long survival trip and need an easy and trusty tool that is always available.

On top of that, since it’s always going to be on your neck, it’s very easy to access.

Can Be Easily Concealed

If you carry this around for self-defense but need to have it concealed, you can easily wear it under a shirt or jacket and it won’t be seen anymore.

This is much easier than using a sheath and a waistband and much more comfortable as well.

Tough & Durable

As mentioned earlier, despite their size, these tools are much more durable than your regular folding knife.

That means that if taken care of well, this tool can last you years upon years even with regular use.

Can Be Used As An Extra Blade

While they are also used as primary blades, neck knives are at their best when they are extra blades.

Usually, most people carry their extra knife on their leg or with a waistband, but this can uncomfortable and tough to access.

Having it on your neck can make things much simpler and easier.


Deployment Can Be Tough

While it should be easily accessible, it still requires two hands to properly deploy, which could take some time.

Not Legal In All Places

Different countries and states have different laws when it comes to knives, especially ones that are concealed, so make sure to check your locality’s rules before buying one and bringing it around with you.

Conclusion – Should You Get One?

This is one of the most useful and accessible knife designs out there, and it’s also lightweight so it really doesn’t take a lot of effort to carry.

That being said, for some people it might be illegal to have one of these, and for others, the size simply doesn’t cut it.

But if you believe that you will find a lot of uses for your neck knife, then the only next step for you is to head out and get one yourself!

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My name is David Strong. I'm a knife expert and a US Marine veteran. I used to fight in Iraq, so I gained lots of combat experience there, especially when it comes to combat, tactical, and outdoor knives. And this blog is where I share my expertise with you alongside my friend Andy.