*** We recommend that you watch at least, Part 1 and Part 2 of our Primary Introductory Video. The video explains alot about our sheath systems. It goes over several examples of sheath systems we were building for clients at the time the video was shot. Remember, every one of our systems is different. Why? Because its your sheath system. You work (usually texting back and forth) with Doug to build the system that is right for you. In this vid, you will learn about many of our utilitarian opt
A continuation of Part 1 (above). Picking up where we left off, you will learn about the many configurations of our systems. And, you will actually see some of these systems up close and personal in this video. Doug does not go over "everything" we do here at YHCO, but you will walk away with a very good idea.
You do not "HAVE TO" watch this video but , it wll give an even better idea of what we do here at YHCO. Please check out the independant reviews on you tube of our COMBAT/WILDERNESS GRADE SHEATH SYSTEMS. From some of the best Reviewers. There are a plethora of these videos to watch. Our systems are one of, if not THE most "reviewed" on social media. We have thousands of clients.
THE Number one issue (among others) with most "other" production and Custom kydex sheaths is Improper Fit and Retention. And yes, most buyers think this is "normal". Because so many sheaths out there have fit, retention, and finish issues. Here at YHCO we have these "other" sheaths come through our shop on a daily basis, to be repaired, or replaced with a Yellow Hawk Customs Outdoors - Sheath System. Photos and descriptions can only show so much. Contrary to popular belief, your knife should not have any "play" or rattle when its in your kydex sheath. Period! The sheath should fit that knife like a glove. And the knife should "Click" smartly into the sheath, with a few exceptions. Like rubber handles knives, or our Leather Elite Series Systems, which have an authoratative, but quieter "click". This is not simply what we believe, its what we know. So, if your knife has any play to speak of, or rattles inside your kydex sheath, there is a better way. Find an experienced maker who has been at it at least 10 years. So, you may have to just ask. YHCO= nearly 20 years!
Here at Yellow Hawk Customs Outdoors, we generally DO NOT build "pancake style" (holes on both sides of the blade) sheaths, that most other sheath makers make. Why? We have been at this a very long time, much longer than most, and pancake sheaths produce more improper fit and retention issues- especially over time. Kydex and eyelet tension, will change slightly, over time. As well, "PANCAKE STYLES",are HEAVIER, BULKIER, WIDER, less tactical, and more cumbersome than The Fold over, "Taco style" sheath systems we build. It does take a bit more experience to put together a taco style sheath system. However, we have that experience. Our sheath systems are generally 20-30 percent lighter, less bulky, and more versatile to carry than a comparably equipped pancake style sheath from another maker. Plus, we generally offer more options, carry configurations, as well as more style, per each sheath system. More operators in the Spec ops community choose taco style sheath systems than any other. For obvious reasons. As well, many of them are our clients. So, please consider YHCO for your next custom sheath system.
Here at YHCO we use only the finest quality materials, options, designs, and kydex - ( both in composition, design, pattern application, as well as thickness) available. Oh yes, there are cheaper routes we could go! Fact is, when it comes to their knife sheaths, alot of companies go "cheap", in order to save money. Alot in fact. AND, its nearly impossible to tell by viewing a photograph. However, most companies generally do not have the real world, wilderness living, survival, or tactical backround, that we have here at Yellow Hawk Customs Outdoors. Our clients include, professional and Outdoor adventurers, Special Operations soldiers, Government operators, Law enforcement, survival and wilderness living skills instructors, etc etc. These men and women demand the very best equipment. Why? Number one? Because that is what they tell us. This is what we know, and, because their very lives may depend on the gear they choose to carry in the field. Period. We take what we do at Yellow Hawk Customs Outdoors, very seriously. *** IF WE DON'T, WHO WILL!!!
The simplest way to order a custom sheath system from us is to look over, read this website, and basically select a photo of a sheath that closest resembles what you are looking for. Then text Doug on his co. cell phone. #443-315-6033. This video is from our Youtube Channel. Please, if you are so inclined, check out and SUBSCRIBE to the channel as well. In this video, Doug Wilson explains and shows most of our Custom kydex colors/patterns, and he makes recommendations regarding some of them.
This video is not "everything" we offer, but its a great start. Notice in these vids,"how" we place each option, and incorporate it into the sheath system in such a way that it works, and works well. As well, it works symbiotically with the other options also. What we are saying is, all of our design elements, options, placements, "systems" etc, are fully researched and tested by not only ourselves, but with the help of a group of "testers" who feed us real world feedback and recommendations.
Yellow Hawk Customs Outdoors (YHCO) is a Wilderness and Military grade- "1 Off " custom kydex sheath maker. We also build leather over kydex sheath systems. Truely the best of both worlds. Full grain leather over a fully functioning custom kydex sheath. Very Tough, light weight, and highly unique, We call these our Leather Elite Series. YHCO is Owned and operated by a U. S. Army Special Operations veteran - Doug Wilson. Doug served in the U.S. Army Special Forces as an 18E - Special Operations communications Sgt, and cross trained as a medic, on an SF- ODA, or "A Team”. He also taught wilderness living/survival skills at Company level, while in SF, and he is an avid outdoorsman, bushcrafter, wilderness backpacker, and knife designer who has spent an inordinate amount of time in the field (mostly in winter climates). Doug has also spent up to 50 days at stretch in the backcountry - in "survival situations" without "re supply" or assistance, other than medical support. So, Long story short, Yellow Hawk Customs sheath systems are designed and built out of special ops- technical , operational, and field experience. A life-long obsession with knives and technical sheath systems, as well as nearly an entire life spent in the backcountry, practicing/sharing survival/wilderness living skills. During his time in spec ops, Doug was frequently called upon to test/review prospective equipment, fire arms, knives, and other mission critical gear. He is also an Appalachian Trail thru- hike alumnus. Having trekked all 2,190 rugged miles of the famed east coast trail. He has been designing/building wilderness and military grade custom sheath systems for nearly 20 years for Spec Ops soldiers, other military personnel, custom knife makers, and avid outdoor enthusiasts. Be sure to check out his knife designs which are currently in production by several professional custom knife makers. As well as his knife/sheath systems, here on this site. (Any questions? Text Doug on his company cell phone- (443-315-6033). It has been in the last 5 years or so, that YHCO has concentrated on offering our tough, utilitarian," high attention to detail" sheath systems to the public sector in general. We do not simply "make" kydex sheaths, rather, we BUILD Custom Kydex Sheath Systems. What we do is rather unique in the custom world of kydex. We think you will agree, especially if you actually own one of our systems.
OUR custom kydex sheath systems are continually being tested, reviewed, and evaluated by not only ourselves here at YHCO, but by a loyal group of bushcrafters, U.S. military, and avid outdoors men and women. Guys and gals who literally punish their gear, in the bush, day after day, night after night! The main purpose of this ongoing testing and feedback regimen is: that it enables us to continually refine, revise, and improve our sheath systems so that you can be assured that your rig will be 100% hand crafted with the utmost in utility, quality, durability, versatility, and longevity. Your custom sheath system will last 2 lifetimes! There is very likely, no other kydex sheath company in the industry that goes to such lengths, in order to design/build the finest custom kydex rig available, for its clients. Our military grade custom sheath systems look different, because they are different! Each one is a completely custom, military grade, wilderness ready, "Bombproof" piece of gear for your tools/knives. Designed and hand crafted, in the "old school" manner, one at a time, each one, completely unique to the client, using the very highest quality materials, and with complete attention to detail, utility, fit, and retention. Even our unique "tactical edges" are beveled and painstakingly hand sanded. Leaving a silky smooth but "flat", no shine-finish. Yes, we do things a bit differently here at YHCO and we absolutely DO NOT employ the all too common "cookie cutter" approaches to sheath making (the stocking of readymade components from templates, forms, and jigs) for the purposes of expediency and the "cloning" of each sheath). In order to make the process much quicker, and sheaths, generic and impersonal. You do, "get what you pay for" in this industry. Thank You for visiting our site, we hope you find it enjoyable, unique, and informative. If you are already a client of YHCO, feel free to leave a short review in the comment/message sections here on the site. Thank you so much for supporting us." - YHCO Staff. Now, let’s design your custom sheath system, together!! D.W. ***Again, the easiest way to order a sheath system is to know exactly what u want first, by using this site as well as our YOU TUBE channel, our Facebook forum-The CLYHCK, etc. You have to work out the color/pattern of kydex you want, all the options, how you want to carry your new rig, (we can give you more carry options than most other makers), whether you want a sling for Baldric carry, etc etc. The Gallery photos are numbered for your convenience. Then text Doug on his company cell phone. Tell him the number of the photo which closest resembles what you want, as well as some specific particulars, and we go from there. Easy! ***443-315-6033 *** AGAIN, if you watch the videos on this page, as well as some reviews of our systems, it really sheds much more light on things for you.
Be sure to ask about attending our annual Fall and Winter Yellow Hawk Customs Rendevouz'. Each Fall and Winter we sponsor camping/backpacking/wild camp Rendevouz', on the famed Appalachian Trail in Pa. We hold these trips in fall and winter because these are the seasons outdoors, which separate the boys from the men. Please join our popular outdoors Facebook Forum, THE CLYHCK. We discuss all things Adventure/Outdoors. Bushcraft, Knives and sheath systems, , Wild camping, Backpacking, Wilderness living, survival, etc etc. YHCO sponsors frequent give aways as well, on THE CLYHCK. Being a member and SUBSCRIBING to our YOUTUBE Channel , does have its perks! Remember, the more you need, the less you know. The less you need, the more you know. YHCO- 2017. All rights reserved.
Chris Tanner of Prepared Mind 101 Youtube Channel, is a very popular Gear Reviewer and knife designer on Youtube. He has nearly 200,000 subscribers. He also has an affinity for Yellow Hawk Customs Outdoors Sheath Systems. He has commissioned about 10 sheaths over the past 3 years. Thank you Chris! This video is a review of two EDC sheath systems we built for Chris, that he commissioned for his JX6 blade. Chris recommends our sheath systems to clients who are looking for a Top of the line rig.
This review of one of our systems is done by avid Outdoorsman- Mike Rochetti, from Omega Survival and Exploration. He mentions not once, but twice, that he has ordered sheaths from most of the "top makers", but his Yellow Hawk Customs Outdoors Sheath Systems are hands down, the best he owns. Attention to detail and design are off the charts. "Doug builds the best custom kydex sheath systems I have ever seen" "everything is easy to access". "these sheath systems are built to be used really hard"
MIKE BARTON- from the Youtube channel- Bushcraft Bartons in Canada, is one of the most popular Gear reviewers on YT. As well, he is one of the most proficient outdoorsmen on youtube. He commissioned us to build him one of our Leather Elite Series Sheath Systems (full grain leather over a full kydex sheath- truly the best of both worlds), for his Battle Horse Highlander. We were honored to meet his requests. May she serve you well my friend! Enjoy the video.
A must see professional review of two Yellow Hawk Customs Outdoors Sheath Systems, for the William Collins Master Woodsman Knife, and the Tanner Jessmuk JX2.
This video is from our Youtube channel. Yellow Hawk Customs Outdoors. On this channel you will see alot of our recent builds on our "recent client offering " videos. Doug also spends alot of time in the field on backpacking trips that he films, showing bushcraft/wilderness living/survival skills and more. He also does reviews of his favorite gear and KNIVES. Doug as over 200 knives in his collection!!!