UPDATE II: We still like the sheath a lot; we’ve had it out in the field for weekend classes since the initial report and it is holding up well, so no worries there. The one thing we have found is that while the pouch holds a multi-tool perfectly, the weight of the multi-tool (in my case, the Leatherman Super Tool) pulls the sheath in and down, making the tip of the sheath bump against your leg in an annoying manner. However, due to the great modular design by Apocalypse Gear, LLC, you can remove the pouch and its holder and use the pouch separately on your harness or vest. More updates to follow as more field time is spent.
UPDATE: Anyone deciding to try these sheaths out, when you contact AG, make sure you let them know you found out about them through DTG and you’ll get a 10% discount. This is a nice gesture; DTG is has no financial interest in AG and receives no benefit from our evaluation.
DTG found Apocalypse Gear, LLC, happily by chance, as we were looking for something a bit more ‘robust’ for our knife of choice, the Bravo 1.5. The leather sheath the Bravo comes with is fine quality, especially in this day of short cuts, but leather has its drawbacks, and so we were seeing how we could improve what we carry our blades with in the field.
Apocalypse Gear ( http://apocalypse-gear.com ), headed by Jonathan Cotton, is a small, serious shop dedicated to bringing quality gear to the field for hard use. After some communication back and forth, he sent us two test sheaths in Coyote Brown, the color of our choice. The sheath has a MSRP right under $100, so it’s not cheap. We’ll let you know if it’s worth it from what it does in the field. From the way it looks and feels so far, it might be just the ticket for the folks who want ‘a bit more’ from their sheath.
Here’s what it looks like right out of the box:
1 – The Multi-Tool/Spare Mag pouch is secured by a MALICE clip threaded through a retaining strap screwed to the sheath.
2 – The sheath comes with a firesteel and a striker (nice touch) that we don’t need as we use our Bravo 1.5 for the striker, but still, for those that want it because they don’t have one, it’s there. (The reason we do this is because we like our firesteel to be a bit longer than the sheath so we can put a small 550 cord loop around the bottom of the rod and then tied into the handle of the firesteel to prevent loss as the firesteel is used and loses diameter.)
3 – The sheath has a built in drainage hole at the bottom where the kydex was folded to form the sheath.
Side View with Striker:
View with author’s Bravo 1.5 and personal Firesteel with the handle painted Earth Brown:
The fit of my Bravo 1.5 is perfect. The sheath holds it in very securely; it’s easy to draw. It also has a special mount on the back that will let the user mount it horizontally on a belt. Nice feature!
So far, we give it a 5 out of 5 for Initial Inspection ‘Out of the Box’.
More to follow as we put it through its paces.