The Stacy Sling

The Simplest Way to Convert Your Pack Sheath to Shoulder Carry

I have to give credit to a fellow 'retired' Scout for this one! Stacy, you really nailed it with the simplicity of this design. It's just one length of cord, a few knots and a ranger band for grip.

Stacy came up with this system on a long 4 day hike with a Backpack Sheath strapped to the side of her pack. She needed to carry the machete on her short walks once she had set up camp and came up with the 'Stacy Sling'. You can install and remove it in seconds and it weighs very little.

She sent me this sling as a gift and I was so impressed, I asked if  I could share the information on this website. I will be doing a short description on how to make these in the near future as they are very useful. For the knot savvy people out there who cannot wait, it's simply one length of cord fixed to the sheath with a short leg knotted with a loop and a long leg which forms the shoulder strap. The knot that fixes to to the sheath is just a double fisherman's knot loop pulled very tight so it bites into the ranger band.

Paracord is a little tricky to use for a Double Fisherman's Knot as it binds too well to itself when you tighten it right down. This makes it tricky to install properly and remove. We use two Ranger Bands under the knot to help with this. The first is rolled to create a bump and the second goes over the bump created. This gives a good edge for the knot to sit up against and allows the sling to be wriggled off the band and slipped down.  Climbing accessory cord is a good alternative.

Don't worry if that sounds confusing, a much better description will follow soon!


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Ranger Bands (sml)

Backpack Sheaths

Heat Shrink Wrap

Ferro Rod Fire Steel

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