I often find myself in countries where I either cannot obtain a handgun or I am not permitted to carry one outside of a military capacity. The alternative to this is a concealed knife, preferably a fixed blade but on occasion a folding knife. A knife can be procured almost anywhere and while not a force multiplier in the way a firearm is,  it can sometimes be a preferable alternative in close quarters situations. A blade is often faster to draw, requires no reload other than routine maintenance, and is incredibly covert when employed correctly. Often knife attack victims don’t realize they’ve been cut or stabbed until it is too late. All laws should be adhered to when traveling abroad or stateside in regards to carrying a weapon.

Now I will say right off the bat, that I am a huge proponent of IWB (inside the waistband carry) but sometimes this has not been an option. Maybe I’m wearing gym shorts or very light summer clothes; the knife may be too large to carry on the waist effectively. This has led to the development of a simple but effective method of carry I use regularly. With a length of shoelace or 550 paracord, I construct a simple shoulder harness that can be worn discreetly under a t-shirt or inside of a jacket or button-up shirt.