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For discreet carry, you must attach sheaths and other supporting equipment to the body.

Neck knife sheaths need some form of cordage and belt knives need a loop, strap, or clip. Even pocket sheaths with no attachment points still need a garment or pack pocket to be carried in.

How sheaths are attached to the body is often overlooked and many makers resort to impractical or poorly designed methods. Over the years, some makers worked with “cloth-grabbing” metal clip and others split these down the middle, reshaped, drilled new attachment holes, and refinished them. They worked but they weren’t designed specifically for this application. This deficiency led the folks over at Discreet Carry Concepts (DCC) to make their own from the ground up. DCC is comprised of individuals with professional backgrounds in materials science and tool and die makers, to name a few. They set out to make the best clip available and many professionals will agree they did.

DCC HLR Discreet Gear Clip as it appears on the Wenger Blades Vardr

Made from their own 10XX steel alloy, Discreet Carry Concepts offers their own version called the High Level Retention (HLR) Discreet Gear Clip, which provides rock-solid clamping pressures coupled with an aggressive underhook. This underhook has a built-in progressive strain relief, allowing it to gradually bend and continue to hold if it senses high-pulling forces. It’s available in nine different varieties, including “behind the belt” versions with more on the way. All are made in-house, ensuring full control of all processes. These clips can be added to most holsters and sheaths with just a rubber washer and a Chicago screw and have no moving parts to fail.

A black Chicago screw, like the type used to secure the holster.

The benefit of these clips is their ability to let the user tuck blades and hold them in place on garments that don’t have belts or points to attach a looped sheath. They will hold whether running, jumping, climbing, swimming or otherwise moving fast.

Think about the low-visibility options this gives armed professionals around the world, as well as the casual user in their bathrobe taking the family dog for a walk.

These clips sell for $11.99 each and are made 100% in the United States.

To read about the Wenger Blades Vardr and the sheath that uses the DCC clip, pick up our November issue of Knives Illustrated and get the full article by Kevin Estela, Owner and Head Instructor of Estela Wilderness Education. On newsstands 9/3.