Somewhere along the way, I got the notion that attaching a pouch to the sheath of a belt knife was a good way to carry your survival kit. Now I am putting it to the test. I just picked up a Maxpedition M5 Waistpack and lashed my ESEE-5 sheath to it. We’ll see if it’s really an ideal, or at least decent way to do it.
The pack is going to take some slight modifications to make it exactly what I want, but it shouldn’t be too much. The sheath slips down into a pocket on the back of the Maxped and then I used the supplied paracord and cord lock that came with the ESEE-5 to quickly lash it to the MOLLE loops on the back of the pack. With the belt clip on the knife sticking out above it I just have to clip the sheath to my belt and the pouch will ride along.
I may end up opening the bottom of the pocket the sheath sits in so it can drop down further and be lashed from both sides, or I may leave it be. There are some dividers inside the main compartment that I am certain I will be removing at some point. I’m going to fill it with my survival tin, a small sharpening stone and some other gear and see how it works as-is first. I also think this will be a much better way to store car keys/wallet/cell phone etc when in camp or next to the lake. For whatever reason I am always worried about leaving that stuff in the car or backpack, but don’t necessarily want it in my pockets either.