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  1. Thanks for all the nice comments. I made the black sheath based on kbars for an ex Ranger who doesn't expect to be knife fighting at all, but does have an idea about how he would attach it to his gear in some specialized way. The sheath it came with was horrible, and he cut himself 3 times getting the thing out once. The bowie was for another ex military guy who is a knife fighting expert and I did things just the way he wanted.
  2. It is awkward to get past the keeper. In the future I would ask if the owner wanted a keeper that wraps from the back and is less intrusive. More like this one I did awhile back.
  3. I usually line with pigskin or thin vegtan when width is an issue. When I line with fabric or canvas I always turn under or bind the edges, but this makes for a much thicker item (not wallets). It seems too good to be true to get away without doing that. Wishful thinking.
  4. When people line with fabric, do they fold the edges under so they won't fray?
  5. The owner wanted a left carry. I don't have a picture of the side that will load now. My camera takes pictures that are too large for this website, and I haven't figured out how to resize them.
  6. This is the back side. I had a little machine trouble getting over the thick part on one side, so had to patch that up and finish it by hand. There is some personal text under the paper.
  7. Here it is finished. It feels pretty solid and the knife slides in and doesn't snag at all, so it should be good. Looking forward to seeing the owner's face when he sees it. I don't know how to make photos small enough to fit in one post, sorry.
  8. I probably wasn't clear enough originally. I am thinking it is possible for the blade to be forced through the back of the sheath. Unlikely, I know because the blade's path will be directed. However, this thing is double edged and made to pierce. The blade's owner is not concerned, I just want to do this right.
  9. Thanks for the replies. I am pretty excited about this project and will post a picture when it is finished.
  10. I am using welts out of the 9/10 along the sides. Should I make the sheath double strength as well?
  11. Hello, I am making a sheath for an extremely sharp Cold Steel dagger out of 9/10 oz leather. No kidding this thing is scary sharp. I can imagine it piercing the leather if sheathed rapidly. Any ideas of what would be good to use as a safety lining? Thanks for any ideas
  12. Extra space for my homemade stamps

    I used a hacksaw, bench grinder, a dremel and some needle files. They didn't really take very long to make. They are crude and fun, and make me appreciate finely made precise stamps. This is what they look like:
  13. My tool addiction is getting out of hand, and I needed space for the stamps I made last weekend. I made a "pocket" to attach to my stamp rack that ought to look kind of nice as a background for project photos in the future.
  14. making my own Stamps

    I tried making stamps from nails and a bolt yesterday for the first time. I wanted right angles for corners and some that were not square shapes. While they are pretty crude, I really like some of them. The "petal" shaped one really surprised me with the star in the center. A couple were no good, but I left them in the picture just to show what doesn't really work, and yes, they should have been made from stainless steel.
  15. I am really looking forward to seeing the pictures when you get this finished. Your carving is well done and the rope/basket weave circle is very interesting.