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I've been making sheaths for those knives I finished and figured I'd show a couple of them.

These are simple pocket sheaths. I use the same template to cut the leather and just adjust the length/width as needed for the knife. There's a simple belt loop on the back side.

 

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I made a pouch sheath (also from a template). The snap constricts the opening just enough so the guard cannot pass by. This is before dying and waxing.

 

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And I made a loop sheath for that Bowie.

 

 

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Nice work, Josh.  I really need to start messing with leather.  "Someone" ;) sent me some tools to work the leather and I've just not had the time to get to it.

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15 hours ago, Chris Christenberry said:

I really need to start messing with leather.

Those pocket sheaths, are really pretty easy to make and they have enough room to do some tooling. Just 3 pieces of leather.

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“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

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I know, Josh.  I've got so many irons in so many fires I feel like a one-armed, one-legged paper hanger trying to meet and Open House deadline.  Keep looking at those neat tools you sent and thinking "I really should".............just haven't gotten there yet.

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On 8/4/2020 at 2:01 PM, Brian Myers said:

Yep Joshua I like that design myself. Its simple and to the point. With a little wet-forming it will hold a knife very well. I have the belt loop as a part of the main leather so its less stitching.

That's a good way to go about it. I prefer the independent belt loop because it uses a small piece of scrap rather than putting a cutout in the hide that I then have to work around on the next one. Besides, I back up my belt loops with rivets.

 

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The one thing I would add is that I cut 5/16 strips from the end of a 3.2mm double shoulder and that is my welt strips. They bend round the curve of the sheath very easily and save a lot of leather be not needing to cut the exact curved shape from the bulk of the piece of leather you have. I generally have a double shoulder of 1.5, 2.5 and 3.2 mm thickness on hand. I use the 3.2 mm for the larger hunting knives with the 3.2 strip for the welt and the belt loop from the 2.5mm sheet. The smaller knife has a sheath of 2.5 leather with a 3.2 welt and 1.5 belt loop. The kitchen knives still have the 3.2 welt but 1.5 sheath and with no belt loop. 

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The latest one.

I shamelessly stole the carving design from @Rob Toneguzzo. Hey, if I ever get down under, I'll buy him a pizza and some beer.

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“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

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Nice work, Josh.  Gatherin' up some wood to make a stitchin' pony.   That'll put me one step closer to doing some leatherwork myself.   Just hope I can do leatherwork like that some day.  Really compliments that knife. (which I'm partial to!)

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10 hours ago, Joshua States said:

The latest one.

I shamelessly stole the carving design from @Rob Toneguzzo. Hey, if I ever get down under, I'll buy him a pizza and some beer.

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That looks awesome Josh. If you ever come for a visit the beer and pizza will flow but you won’t need to buy a thing. 

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I haven't had much shop time lately, but I have been meaning to do a chape & throat sheath for a while and I happen to have this dagger sitting around.

So I started it.

A couple pieces of basswood 3/8" thick and 12" long, wide enough to fit the blade with plenty to spare. Mark out the blade profile, and router it out.

Mark out a 1/4" around the outside.

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Fill the inside with suede pigskin.

 

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Glue together and shape. Then fit some leather. I'm using a 2-3 oz. garment leather for this one.

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“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

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Those sheaths are outstanding.  I especially like the Mexican loop sheath with the coffin handle knife.  They just go together.  I second the advice on making or buying (they'er not that expensive) a stitching pony.  They give you that third hand that you need when stitching up the sheath.  You're tooling is top notch too.

 

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At this point, I kind of screwed up the process and had to start again. You see, I've never done this before, so I'm figuring it out as I go. I got a step ahead of myself, tried to work with it, failed and started over. So some of the pics are from the first round, but I'll put them in the correct order for the process.

Mark where the seam will be along the clamps.

 

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Take the leather off and connect the dots.

 

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Now skive the edges down outside the seam.

 

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Put the leather back around the scabbard and stitch the ends. This will hold it secure while you sew. (imagine skived edges here)

 

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This is when I break out the old Treadle Singer and stitch that white line. (again, imagine the edges are skived)

 

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Fold the skived edges over and glue them down.

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“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

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4 hours ago, Joshua States said:

This is when I break out the old Treadle Singer and stitch that white line. (again, imagine the edges are skived)

 

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I have my grandmothers old treadly and have used it for various projects. There is nothing better for controll of stitching speed and direction on the lighter materials. I have used it for leather, canvas and tarpaulin(made a tent for the kids about 30 years ago)

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Yeah, I've sewn a lot of leather product on that treadle machine. These days, I mostly use it for sewing the inlays in sheaths.

Once the glue has dried you can turn the leather jacket right-side out.

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Slide it over the wooden sheath, trim the excess off the tip and glue the tip down.

 

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Set the button stud back and glue the top end down.

 

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“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

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Now making the chape and throat pieces involved bend forming nickel-silver sheet stock, a little cutting and filing for the slot, some soldering, and a lot of foul language.

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Today I made the frog and glued the fitting on with black epoxy. I will post when all the glue/dye/finish is set and done.

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“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

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Done.

 

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“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

Josh

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