Ultra Light Kestrel and Tyto Knife question

Bughalli

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After trying a number of ultra light knives I've been very happy with my current knife setup (Gerber Vital), but as a gear junkie I'm always looking at new gear and tweaking my backpacking setup. The Kestrel and Tyto knives have caught my eye (I'm probably just too bored in the off-season). My question is....how secure are the knives in those sheaths? I noticed there is no cross over strap to ensure it won't accidentally come out. Those knives are soooo sharp I would never want one to come out of the sheath in my pack, yet it seems like it could happen. Just curious if others share that concern and/or if you have significant experience with them what have you seen. If I bought one, I might consider adding a light bungee strap or something to keep it in the sheath. Just better safe than sorry in the backcountry.
 

Boudreaux

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For me the simple solution for the tyto, havalon, vital or any replaceable blade knife is not to carry a blade on it. Then there is no need to worry. It Thales 3 seconds to put a blade on and makes it safe to carry in my kill kit this way.

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Boswell
 

bates

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i have a kestrel and find it very secure

do i put it in the bottom of the pack no, i am careful where it goes, typically a lid or some sort of external pocket, but dont think extra retention is needed
 

AK Troutbum

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I carry a couple of Kestrels in the Velcro sheaths (just because they're lighter), and they stay sealed tight. It actually takes a little effort to peel the Velcro off from around them.
 

Fireman5569

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My new Tyto Knife is super secure in its sheath very tight fit, i have a Kestrel caper and hunting knife on the way ill let you now when i get them.
 
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rfc86

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I just received my Tyto Knife in the mail and I will agree with Fireman5569. It is very secure. Mine shipped with a blade on and I tried with all my might to shake / whip it loose from the sheath with no luck. Its going anywhere. Can't wait to get an animal on the ground!
 

jm1607

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My Kestrel EDC was very secure in it's Kydex until just recently. After 1.5 years of hard use it's a little loose, but not so much that I'm afraid of it coming off in my bag. I would go for it
 
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