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  1. Knife Sheath

    Hi I have been working with leather a while now, mainly on saddlery, bridles, chinks/armitas and plaiting and am wanting to make my partner a decent sheath for his muela hunting knife It wont be your normal sheath that hangs down off your belt, it will be a sheath that sits the knife as in line with the belt as possible. I have made rougher sheaths for my own work knives but am wanting to make something tight fitting and slightly decorative Does any one have any tips or advice, on making the pattern right through to finishing the sheath? All tips, do's/ donts are welcome Thanks!
  2. 1st knife sheath

    Here's the first knife sheath that I've designed and made. I'm really chuffed that it turned out well. Many thanks to Ian Atkinson of Leodis Leather for his videos - especially the one: Designing and Making a Ka-Bar Sheath - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkMSlgR-Yks If I hadn't watched that I'd have got the 3D aspect of the sheath wrong as this knife has an especially large guard. The video has 7 different ways for how to handle the "thickness" of the knife and guard. I used the "ramps" method (Method 2) to pack out the sheath to accommodate the knife.
  3. Found a tutorial for this historic style, based on sheaths with loops big enough to fit on carabiner belts in the Southwest in the late 1800s. Not only did this look great for a first time, but I was really proud about the welt. The knife stayed in the sheath, even when held upside down. But it still could be withdrawn with ease.
  4. Well, this is my fourth or fifth attempt at a sheath. Back and forth on styles and such... And 3 that didn't work. This is what I ended up with. The knifewas sent to me by my uncle and was forged from chainsaw blades. The modified gaurd and proportions didn't lend itself to traditional frontier styles so finding something that worked and was similar in style was challenging to me. Specs: 10-12 oz saddle skirting covered in deerskin and stitched by hand with artificial sinew. I was inspired by dhaverstick as far as stitching is concerned. Although his is better. I decided to semi bind the edges of the seam too. And there is no welt. My hopes are that the retention will keep the blade from the stitching as there's a bit of room down there. Anyways, let me know what you think and as always, I welcome critiques.
  5. Hello all, Long time lurker, first time poster. I have a client, who knows that I am an amateur where knife sheaths are concerned. Through the posting this fabulous site I have learned what leather to use, how to custom design, and how to sew them together. However my client insist that all of the sheaths that he ordered be lined. I have no clue what to line it with. He is concerned that the knives might get rusted in the leather. Would cordura or kylex be better? Any suggestions? I have read several posts that suggest not storing the knife in leather is the best way to keep the knife from getting damaged. He still insists on a lining. Any help would be welcome.
  6. Local knife maker (www.ripcustomknives) made a show knife for the upcoming Atlanta Knife Show and asked me to make a custom sheath for it. His theme is skulls and the knife is Japanese tanto style with a forged, 150+ layer Damascus steel blade, 10-1/4" long. Total length is 15-1/2". This is what I made him. Hand sheath with a removal belt holster. The carving is based on a Japanese style skull tattoo. Carved and dyed it in one piece, then cut down the middle to make the front and back.
  7. I didn't really know what tags to use. I normally make one sheath at a time, for a man who makes one knife at a time, as he feels like making it in the moment. Then he got an order for 8 -- these six are for members of a military unit, and they're special. A friend of the client, who's not in the unit, wanted one anyway, so that made seven. And the knifemaker decided to go ahead and do another, with a different handle, just to do it -- so that was 8 sheaths. All more or less the same as this -- one left-handed and the rest right. 9-10 ounce vegtan; hand-cut; I make the stitching holes with the awl clamped in a drill press cuz my hands are weak and I have arthritis and trigger finger. Stitching by hand -- 1 mm Tiger thread in Havanna Cigar. Fiebing's Saddle Tan -- which wasn't always co-operative. And the knifemaker was nervous about the whole thing, so he wasn't always all that co-operative either. They went out to the client yesterday. After reading a lot about finishes, I melted mink oil and bee's wax together, 50-50. It's hard and a little sticky. Takes a lot of rubbing in, and a lot of buffing. I used a wheel for that. And I love that high-gloss it gave, after three coats of 50-50 Resolene and water. I was sick on the weekend and finished the buffing with little time before the client arrived. These are the knifemaker's photos -- they don't have the angles I'd have used, but I'm not gonna complain at this point. I'm kinda glad they're gone -- they were starting to weigh on me.
  8. Here's a sheath I made for my knife. The patterns you see on the knife were done all by hand. If you want to see how I did it, click here. You can also check out my channel where I do all kinds of different leatherworking if you're interested. Let me know what you think!
  9. Haven't been there for a long time. Let me show you my last work. Benchmade Knives Snody Design 201 Activator custom vertical sheath.
  10. I can't believe it! Once more, I've gone and wasted a precious hunk of leather on a stupid, stupid...did I mention stupid?, mistake. There is something about knife sheaths, that makes me cut at least one piece of leather with the wrong side out. Now, this time, the sheath DID have the grain side on the opposite side on the back piece, from what I usually do. Still, I KNEW THAT! Still screwed it up. I really need to only make symmetrical sheaths. All the other sheaths I've made have had the belt loop fold away from the front, and rivet on the back of the "back" piece. (I screwed those up, too). This one, has the back piece fold towards the front piece, and fit in between the back piece and the front piece. Yeah, that's it! It's not my fault! The Ka-Bar people are just bas-akwards! Oh, thank goodness. I feel so much better. Never mind. Jeff
  11. Made this for a friend's Bowie knife that is a Western brand. he got it a a garage sale for cheap and had no sheath for it. Did the stitching with Boss and the finish is a homemade concoction with carnauba wax on the edge for burnishing. Please criticize as I want to improve my craft.
  12. Finished up the order of custom skinner pouch sheaths. Couple carved and a couple plain. All with different color stitching. Carved sheathed are antiqued before final finish coat is applied. It seems that thread color can make a big difference in how the leather dye color is perceived. Thread colors are natural, olive green, dark brown, emerald green. I had one person comment that the plain brown sheath with the olive stitching was a much nicer brown than the one with the natural stitching. Same color.
  13. Paracord Stitching

    I have been experimenting with 550 paracord as a stitching material for knife sheaths and other gear. This is the latest example. I've also done a traditional saddle stitch using the same material.
  14. I can finally post these now that the contest is open. A special commission to create custom knife sheaths for TripleX Knives in Nova Scotia (www.xxxknives.com) for a global Instagram contest they are running. If you have an Instagram account to can view the contest details here until October 5th: https://is.gd/k8oE6I Large knife has a 9" blade. 30 deg cross draw with a removal dangler option. Small knife is a 3.5" blade with a dangler. Had free reign on these so took the opportunity to work on my carving and coloring techniques.
  15. Hey, guys! A friend of mine made a knife and asked me to make a sheath for it. The knife itself isn't that great mainly because it wasn't tempered but I probably couldn't do any better with a chunk of metal. I built the sheath for utility, not so much for looks because I know this guy is gonna use it and beat it up a lot. As non-fancy as it is, it will probably outlast the knife. Let me know what you think! Thanks for looking! -Ryan
  16. did a real quick scout carry for a friend.
  17. I recently made this rawhide sheath for an antler-handled knife I own. Underneath is 8-9oz veg tanned leather, and it's wrapped with cow rawhide. I applied leather dye to the rawhide, and finished it with a light coat of polyurethane. This was a first for me, and I'm pleased with the result.
  18. Just completed a sheath for a friend. Overall I am pretty happy with it. I would appreciate any feedback on it. There are a couple of things I'd like to have done differently. Only the second time I've used Mop n Glo, have to say I am happy with the finish. Wish I had known about it before buying a quart of Resolene.
  19. I've been making pouch sheaths but a guy asked me to make him a sheath for his Case Cutlery Buffalo Horn handle knife but wanted a snap closure handle retainer (no pouch). This is my first attempt at such a thing. Much harder than I thought it would be. Spent a long time on what looks like a very basic pattern. I was pretty happy to remember to put the snap strap the right way so it would not catch on a branch when walking forward. He wanted me just to cut some slits in the leather to put his belt through but I couldn't bring myself to do that. He liked my solution enough to order another. Triple layer of 9oz leather with the welt. Hand stitched.
  20. Some Items I've Made Lately

    I made these Cowboy Cuffs as a donation for a "Clean and Sober"sponsored benefit A holster for a buddy out ofa Mr JLS pattern My first shot at a guitar strap Harley_Davidson tank dash Lined Belt for a friends Daddy My sons Grandpa had a custom knife made but didnt like the sheath it came with(black one) made eight sets of Groomsmen Suspenders for a friends wedding(thats a first also) The Groom
  21. Here's my pattern that I used to make the one I posted in the show off section years ago. When I made mine I used two layers of 4-6 oz leather so I had a finished surface on the inside and out. Where the two rivets go I cut small pieces of delrin tubing so the blade didn't ride against the metal rivets. It'll keep your blade sharp much longer. For the belt strap again it's two layers of 4-6 oz and it's cut long enough that when it wraps around the sheath there is a bit of gap, and it's only stitched at the ends, that way you can where it anywhere on your belt and have it facing either direction. Hope this helps. I did a test print to make sure that the pdf came out to the right size when printed. Chris www.builderofstuff.com quick draw sheath.pdf
  22. Here's a sheath I made for a bowie that I refinished...if one thing is readily apparent, it's that I am no photographer!
  23. FINALLY got this present finished, but I messed it up so much that I told my guy that I'll make him a better one based off the same pattern and color. (turns out he wants a stag and owl on it anyway) I probably went about making this thing ass-backwards, but in the end it turned out alright. In any case, it holds the knife tight and looks a hell of a lot more harmonious with it than the cheapo nylon sheath that came with it. I underestimated how close I had made the knotwork to the edge, and just how much tooling it would expand the leather so I ended up stitching over the very tip of the knotwork at the bottom. I'm not so pleased with how the tooling itself came out, either, but I'm still progressing with it.
  24. Tenderfoot Questions

    Hello Everyone! I just picked up crafting as a hobby and have intensely fallen in love with it. I have a lot of projects in mind but the one I'm about to work on is a knife sheath. I have been watching some videos on wet forming the sheath and I really like it. I did however also want to practice with tooling but I'm not sure if or when I can do that with wet forming. Is it possible to tool a knife sheath and wet form it? If so how would I go about that? Thank you, Chief
  25. Now thay I finally got all my tools together, I decided that I would try to make a belt sheath for my knew knife. Kinda intimidating for only ever making a key fob. But I think it actually turned out awesome! Because I am a girl who as been blessed with a rather large prominent behind..I have found that vertical hanging belt sheaths tend to dig into my butt just below my lower back. Especially while sitting on my horse. So I decided if I slanted the knife to a more horizontal angle I could avoid this problem. Couldn't really find an example of what I was envisioning so I just winged it and made up my own. So all in all im pretty proud that I had come up with a custom pattern, wet formed, and hand sewn all for the first time ever. And that the finished product came out way better than I ever expected! Haha.