Thereís nothing worse than not having a SAK in your pocket when you need it, especially if you had it in your pocket when you left the house that morning. Some of the most panicked moments of my life came from when I realized my trusty SAK wasnít where I left it. Fortunately I managed to find them eventually, but it was actually a pretty big deal to me at the time.
There are many ways of keeping your SAK where you want it, but there are unfortunately more ways for it to not be where you want it. Faulty velcro or snaps, open topped cases, holes in pockets, putting it down or dropping it outside and not remembering where you saw it last- all terrible causes for losing a pretty good SAK, but fortunately there is a solution, and that is the lanyard.
Admittedly, this is why SAKs traditionally have red scales, but given the popularity of other colors and patterns, itís very easy to lose one. The use of a lanyard especially if its made up with bright colors helps with the recovery of a lost or misplaced SAK.
Lanyards also provide a little extra function- increased grip for one, as they make it easier to pull out of a pocket or very form fitting sheath, they can be decorative, and they also give you a convenient way of carrying some rope with you, and you never really know when that could come in handy.
Here are some pics of the SAKs that I like to carry each with its own unique lanyard, just something to think about before that next walk into the woods.