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  1. Just though I'd share my very first inlay...got a hold of an inexpensive piece of snake so I thought I'd give it a try...easier than I thought...Enjoy!
  2. Finally finished up the kukuri sheath. Kinda wanna keep it….
  3. Been a while. Had a request for a custom sheath, so I went for it. Let me know what ya'll think. And I'ld like to know if there is a better way to do the welt for the guard on the knife hilt: it was 1" thick, and my awl barely made it all the way through. Makes getting the holes to pop out right on the back super difficult. I don't want to drill holes, either. Will drop a couple more photos in a few, to comply with implied rules of sheath images. YinTx
  4. A knife and sheath I just finished. Olive wood handle and inlay from a dead tree I salvaged some wood from with violet resin inlay where the wood was split from drying.
  5. Had a request to come up with a cross draw, horizontal knife sheath for a coworker.
  6. Finally found some time to make a sheath for my LW round knife. Hot Tip: I like using Tandy’s black All-In-One for antiquing some things. It’s a terrible dye but a great antique! Brush it on and when dry it kind of wipes off here and there when I apply Resolene to seal. It gives it a weathered look that I was going for here. I also added a PDF of the pattern I made for this morning f you’d like to make yourself one. The strap I made a little longer than needed so placement can be how you like it to be. Enjoy! LW-roundknife-sheath.pdf
  7. Hi everyone, i want to share my last leather work, pancake knife sheath for my Victorinox pocket knife. i hope you will like it. if anyone interested how to do it here is the youtube link,
  8. 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.
  9. Hello Helpful Members I have a client that has requested a custom knife sheath made from a synthetic material as frequently encounters wet conditions hich leathet may not be suitable. Anyone know of what is commonly used for this application? Any and all assistance will be greatly appreciated. Silverd
  10. This was my very first knife sheath. I bartered a custom holster for a custom knife a few years back. It has just been sitting in my desk in a cardboard sheath (cringe). I know. So...it was well overdue. I started out with simple expectations to "just make something leather to hold it," but that very quickly went out the door. It was much more involved than I had expected. It took considerable thought and planning. I had to layer up the leather to make a shelf on which the handle could sit, otherwise it would push the loop back when inserted. I had to consider so many other aspects. For example, I made the retention strap replaceable with a Chicago screw, so that, in the event that I cut the strap, or it became worn over time, it could be replaced. I had to carve out a dimple in an inside layer where the Chicago screw head could rest, allowing the layers to lie flush. On and on. I suppose these, along with the other things I had to figure out for myself are old hat for some of you, but it was probably faster than spending hours researching like I did before I made my first holster. Anyway, as always, I am all ears for constructive criticism. Oh yeah, the bear was from a practice scrap I did for a holster request that fell through. He sat on my workbench for months before I found a use for the poor fella. Never tooled any animals before. That was a whole other experience. Let me know what you think, and/or where I could improve on the next one. Thanks, ladies and gentlemen.
  11. After seeing @vikefan do a recent post about his pancake sheath (link below) I realised I also needed one for carrying my pocket knife on my belt... So I tried to emulate his design, but my prototype didn't work so well (I'm sure it was me, not his design that was lacking.) I ended up with this effort: Made from 3.5mm vegtan scraps, dyed with a local alcohol based dye, hand stitched with a 1mm black nylon woven thread I found locally (apparently used to sew soles to shoes, but what do I know).
  12. So.. I am a bag maker. I sew leather on machine only, I've never really done hand stitching. I've never made anything for any kind of knife. That said, my sister asked me for a sheath for her machete for christmas. Of course I'm late to the game on this one, but all I have to go by is a tracing I made of it. I guess I don't really understand how inserting and removing the machete would not cut the stitches? Also, she wants to wear it across her back. And she is right handed, so I'm trying to "naturally" grab for my massive machete behind me, and I cant figure out if you would grab it from behind your right shoulder, or cross your face to take it from your left side? Is this even possible to make with just a tracing or am I nuts for thinking of giving it a go?
  13. Finally after 2 months of cogitation and prototyping, finished this guy up. As I don't do sheaths very often, open to critiques as well! And yes, as always, it has the inadvertent requisite Spirit Stitch. YinTx
  14. Not everything is as it should be, but at least the blade is safe and sound in there for now. Decided to let the thing be as thick as it was going to be, turned out to be 1/2"! This was some of the old Tandy 10 oz veg tan shoulder leather. The Rose blade cut through it without a complaint. What a joy to use. YinTx
  15. 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.
  16. 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!
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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!
  23. 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
  24. Haven't been there for a long time. Let me show you my last work. Benchmade Knives Snody Design 201 Activator custom vertical sheath.
  25. 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
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