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  1. Well this turned out kind of clunky, but it's the best I could come up with for this blade. My first sheath, for my niece the archeologist. She does underground imaging of old and new objects and sometimes bushwhacks her way to work. I sharpened the blade so she will also be ready for a zombie apocalypse.
  2. Hello All, Just wanted to share a short video of some leather cutting action on the xTool D1 Pro 20W. This has saved me so much time making small prototype items......Rory Laser Cutting a small pocket sheath for a knife with the xTool D1 20W Pro - YouTube
  3. 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!
  4. I have a few bundles of DVDs for sale through a couple of eBay auctions (Ending 11/15/22. in the evening): - 6 DVDs on leather carving, Sheridan style and more: https://www.ebay.com/itm/255810778928 - 9 DVDs on how to make various knife sheaths : https://www.ebay.com/itm/255810991680 - 5 DVDs on bag making, carving and construction: https://www.ebay.com/itm/255812182660 - 6 DVDs on How to make Holsters including the John Bianchi set: https://www.ebay.com/itm/255812221084 - Full DVD set of Leather Holster Making by the American Gunsmithing Institute taught by the talented Chris Andre: https://www.ebay.com/itm/255812206122 - 5 DVDs on leather lacing, turks head, etc..: https://www.ebay.com/itm/255812236482 - 6 DVDs on Dyeing, Assembly, Tool care: https://www.ebay.com/itm/255810974935
  5. Hi everyone! This is the quick Sheath I made with my new Leatherwork. Sorry about the video being sideways, I am going to try and fix that! My first sheath Chip from CHIPPPER BAGS
  6. Finally finished up the kukuri sheath. Kinda wanna keep it….
  7. Just about done with this one. Colors are different, but it matches some fellas motorsycle.
  8. Sheath I just finished up. Came out better than I expected. Couldn’t figure out what to do with the skin because I wasn’t impressed with the color it was. Came out al’ite…
  9. I haven't been overly active on leatherworker.net lately, mainly because I've made a few book covers and things similar to what I've shown before. Be that as it may, a friend recently asked if I could dress his WW2 era machete. It is one of the "True Temper" machetes, 18 inches long blade, stamped with "US 1943" and what I presume is some kind of SKA - "TT-18-B" (or is it Tt-18-8? Can't tell, the stamp bounced). Friend asked for a plain sheath, nothing fancy, no stamping, and a strap to hang it on his wall. The leather is 3mm bovine, with a welt, so that the main sheeth is roughly 10mm thick, and the piece at the handle closer to 16mm. Hand sewn with a flat braid nylon thread. I don't use pricking irons, but mark my stitch positions with an overstitch wheel, then lay it flat to prick every stitch hole with an awl before doing the sewing. The stitch length is 4.8 mm. I'm glad the friend didn't ask for contrasting stitching - the line is somewhat wonky on the back and veers a bit around the curve - centrifugal forces, methinks... :-) Dye is alcohol based, from Staycraft, a South African manufacturer. Feedback most welcome.
  10. Finished this matching combination sheath and riggers ditty bag all in Leather & 18oz duck canvas with brass rivets and Ds. Oil dyed veg tan for the sheath and oil dyed goat for the bag. What do ya reckon?
  11. Hi all Something a bit different to the Western stuff I normally post here, and quite photo intensive i'm afraid... This is a batch of late medieval knives and sheaths, which as a very general outline date between 1300-1500 depending on the piece. The sheaths for these are all 2mm veg tan, with a back central seam and tooling inspired by originals. The main source of reference was 'knives and scabbards', which catalogues pieces found in the Thames. The two larger knives have double layered scabbards, which is a necessity as the hunting set is multi pocketed with effectively three sheaths bundled together, and the larger messer has an integrated belt. None of them have belt loops in the modern sense, but are instead suspended by hanging thongs, which are laced through slits in the back and seems to be the universal carrying method for this kind of knife. I had to go against all of my instincts with the tooling on these in an attempt for authenticity, so nothing is measured or plotted out in the way I would do a modern belt, and likewise the dyeing is much more straightforward, without the antiquing effects that would be used now. I have focused mainly on the sheaths here as this is a leatherwork forum afterall, but for anyone interested in the knives themselves they are all hand forged from 1080 or 1075 carbon steel, with either brass or steel bolsters and handles made from various native woods, which include yew, laburnum, walnut and apple. I hope you like them! Alex
  12. Hello everyone! I have come for advice. I have never worked with leather before and started looking into leather craft when I bought a grass shear (The Corona GS 6750) but did not come with a sheath/hostler, making it next to useless for me. I have watched a few hours of Youtube videos of folks designing templates and wet forming. I took a crack at drawing a design for a belt hostler that I would like to make for my shears. My question: The shears won't sit flat in the holster due to an angle between the cutting end and the handles. Is there a way I can make a better fit when I wet mold? Also, any tips/tricks for building a belt holster for a tool with this kind of shape would be greatly appreciated.
  13. Finished this up the other day, WC 8oz, medium brown Eco Flo gel antique, sewn with tiger thread. I think it turned out great!
  14. Here's a pancake knife sheath I did a while ago for a friend. 6-8 oz. Veg tan. Ryan
  15. Hi all, Here are a pair of kitchen knives and sheaths, made as Christmas presents for my parents. Originally I had planned for them to have different sheaths but simply ran out of time to design something new, so they are the same except for a subtle colour change on the borders. For an outdoor belt knife I would have added a welt or put the seam down the centre on the back, but as this is just to protect the edge while they sit in a drawer or something I think the simpler design shouldn't be a problem and I doubt there is much chance of them slicing through the stitches. The tooling is of course some Western swirly acanthus stuff, and due to the lack of belt loops is on both sides. Stitching is by hand and is with waxed linen. For anyone interested in the knives themselves, they are both hand forged from 1080 high carbon steel, with cocobolo grips and sheet brass bolsters which extend down the tang. A little more time would have been preferable really but overall quite happy with the end results. I hope you like them and Happy Christmas everyone! Alex
  16. The knife is called Volunteer Cleaver and is made by a Tennesseean, @mjlknives. This is a large knife and the sheath places it nicely on the left hip. I include my design drawing because a lot of people saved it from my instagram post (@rnlleather). The slots are 2 inches. The angle is 60 degrees. I did make a test at the angle on a smaller knife and 60 degree seemed good. The customer is right handed and wanted a cross draw from the left side/front hip. The white thread is to match the white liners on the knife.
  17. Hi all 'Show off' is too strong a term with this one I feel, nothing fancy here, but perhaps a new way to use up otherwise useless scraps. I often work as a modelmaker and the tool of the trade that everyone uses is a swann-morton scalpel. These just get thrown around in toolboxes, bags, pencil cases etc and everyone has an anecdote about that time they stabbed themselves by accident, so here is a cunning solution. Please ignore the business cards, this is not an advert but these are the photos I have. Technical specs- these are a thin (1.4ish mm) veg tan formed around a 3.5mm core, obviously with a cutout for the scalpel to fit into. The thicker central piece stops the blade from slicing through the stitching and tip of the sheath. Fiebings dyes, waxed linen thread, with atom wax for the finish. I normally like doing tooled stuff but these are small and fiddly so are all in plain flavour. Only simple things but I hope you like them, I'm sure lots of people here have the same mentality about making little cases for every tool they own... Cheers, Alex
  18. Hello everyone I have so far only posted Sheridan style things but my main interest really is in European Medieval history. The scabbards are very much secondary objects in this case but there is leather involved and any history nerds out there might find it interesting, so here are a couple of medieval eating knives. These are both in the style of 14th/15th century examples- not exact copies of any originals in particular but borrowing design elements from the many knives and scabbards in the museum of London. The general standard of leatherwork in my reference was not the best, and some was down right terrible, and obviously I was much more limited than usual in what tools I could use, but I am quite pleased with the end results. These were both done freehand and you can tell- nothing has been measured and really it's all comparatively crude, but that is what the real ones look like and that was the aim here. Masterpieces of leather crafting they are not, but the original sheaths rarely were either it seems. Obviously I didn't want them to look rubbish but it's nice not worrying about neatness for a change! Technical specs- Both of these are 2mm veg tan, wet formed around the knife and then tooled. Occasionally they were double layered but these are not. The aim seems to have been just to overwhelm the eye with stuff, so if there is space, fill it with crosshatching or dots or anything to make it more interesting. The larger sheath has gothic lettering as it was for my brother's birthday, no prizes for guessing his name. They both have a back central seam stitched with waxed linen, and a couple of hanging thongs rather than modern belt loops. For anyone interested the knives themselves are both hand forged from 1080 carbon steel, with olive handle scales and brass pins and bolsters. I hope you like them! cheers Alex
  19. Hello, I am pretty new to leather work so I've been soaking up as many youtube videos as I can trying to learn. I found this forum while looking for inspiration to make this and found some gorgeous work here. This sheath was made for a guy at work that wanted to hang his knife off the horn of his saddle while riding but could also wear it on a belt from time to time. I decided the best way to achieve this was as a baldric style rig. The leather is 8oz veg tanned. My stitching chisel is labled "4.0mm" so I'm assuming that's the spacing and I used .8mm thread. (If any of this sounds wrong, please correct me. I'm still learning.) After looking at other's work on this forum and comparing the cheap chinese stamps I bought as a set off of amazon to others I've found at hobby lobby, I've decided that my tools aren't "crisp" enough and are not leaving great impressions. I plan on a better basketweave stamp as my next purchase. Over all, I learned a lot making this and am fairly happy with the results. I did make plenty of mistakes so don't look too close. Hopefully I can avoid those in the future.
  20. So excited to be here! Thank you for letting this hoodlum in lol! Just wanted to post a pic of my work and give a light introduction. My husband is owner/maker at Vehement Knives and I do all of our custom leather goods! I've also done a few designs for Bark River Knives' sheath department! I am here to learn so any constructive criticism is accepted and encouraged! Thanks again!
  21. 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
  22. So, I picked up a very old Blanchard head knife, cleaned it up, gave it a good sharpening (easily 8 hours of work), and realized it needed a good home. So I came up with this little number, designed to go in a drawer, or be hung on the wall. I hope you enjoy. YinTx
  23. Hello, here is my first knife sheath i ever made i did only few key chains and bracelets before. I did many miskakes during the process as i have never worked with such a thick leather and almost didn't finish this project but i am glad i did. It can be atached to belt.
  24. Just returned from a trip to Japan and China and picked up some Japanese cutlery while I was in Tokyo area. These knives are razor sharp and came with a plastic sleeve that will probably be slit open after a couple of days, so I made sheaths to protect them. Used W&C 8oz for one sheath and some old Tandy 8-10oz for the darker sheath. Quick and simple but will protect the blades. What's cool is that they will engrave your name when you purchase the knife. We had English name on one side of the handle and a Japanese translation on the opposite side. At least I think that’s what it says, but who knows, it might say “Made in Japan” for all I know! Gary
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