Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Inktober Day #10 - Bob Kasper's/Kni-com's In-Waist Band Carry

Killing 2 birds with 1 stone ... continuing my practice of 'gesture drawing' for the "Inktober" event where artists try to draw a picture a day in the month of October. Also, I researching/studying a little "knifefighting".

Today's blog is on the late Bob Kasper's favorite carry method. Kasper formalized his knifefighting studies and called it "Kni-Com".

My previous drawings/notes on Bob Kasper's Kni-Com in case you missed them: 

I bought a hardcopy of  Bob Kasper's "Sting of the Scorpion" (2009). I liked it so much, I also bought the PDF which I didn't recall I bought due to old man memory until I started thinking about rereading it for Inktober's sketch ideas.

Without further ado, my copy and paste of the relevant passages from pages 15-17 on the IWB carry below.

In-Waistband Carry (IWB)

Of all the concealed-carry positions, I favor the IWB the most for the following reasons:

  • It is comfortable.
  • It can be worn all year-round.
  • It is secured to the hips, minimizing weapon movement.
  • It supports the most practical knife access.


  • The IWB rig can be finely adjusted (position on belt and angle of cant) to fit the individual needs of the wearer.
  • The IWB can double as a high-ride sheath when worn under the belt but not in the pants.

There are many different positions along the waistband where the IWB sheath can be worn, but there is only one I think is practical: the abdominal rear cant (ARC) carry.

With the ARC carry, the IWB sheath is placed in the pants on the strong or knife-hand side, lying flat against the lower abdomen. The handle of the knife is canted to the rear so the sheath edge is lying in the crease of the body where the upper leg meets the torso. Here are some reasons why I favor this carry.

  1. This concealed method of carry is extremely comfortable. You can accommodate up to a 7-inch blade fighter depending on torso length. Because of the rear cant, the sheath is in alignment with the joint-crease of the upper thigh. This allows total movement of the upper leg for sitting, squatting, and kicking when necessary.
  2. The knife can be easily concealed and remain accessible with a simple cover garment such as a T-shirt in the summer or a short jacket in the winter.
  3. A person will instinctively bring his hands forward toward the threat. The front carry keeps your hands up front where the action is.
  4. The knife is in a fixed posi- tion and is extremely acces- sible to both hands. With minimal practice, weak-hand draws are just as fast and sure as strong-hand draws.
  5. The knife can be easily drawn with either hand while standing at a urinal, sitting in a car, sitting on a toilet, or anywhere else that may seem like a difficult position. The front carry allows just a single direct movement of the knife hand/arm to bring the knife from sheath to retention.

"Once a place has been decided upon, let the knife user carry it there constantly and practice its draw from that location, so that he will be able to use it with the greatest speed and with as much instinctive movement as possible."

~Col. Rex Applegate, July 1943

My drawings for Inktober 2017 - drawing at least 1 pic each day in October:



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