Introduction: Bike Tube Leatherman Sheath
My favorite tool is my 20-year-old Leatherman Pulse, bought in San Fransico as a student. For years I had it in the original Leatherman sheath, the one in fabric. But I wanted to have it horizontally in my belt. After a bit of testing, I came up with this idea, using old bike tubes. They are flexible and easy to work with. And as you'll see, easy to assemble. Here we go:
Step 1: Size and Fit…
You need the right size tube. I've collected tubes for a while so I found two. 1 for the inner case to hold the Leatherman and the second to be the outer sleeve for the belt. I used a round metal plate to serve as my cutting guide (the dimensions for this guide depends on your knife size).
Step 2: Belt Opening…
For the outer tube, you need to make one cut for the belt to pass through. Make two holes where the cut starts and ends to prevent a tear. Use a small piece of wood when cutting through the tube, slide it inside the tube.
Step 3: Close One End…
For the Leatherman to stay in the sleeve you must close up one end. Make sure the needle is ok with piercing through 4 layers of tube. Choose a thread color and hit the pedal on your sewing machine. Make a few passes back and forth, almost done!
Step 4: The Lock Fold…
Final steal ready! Position your fold so it covers the opening, make a hole and attach the button. Since the Leatherman is magnetic I've used a strong rare earth neodymium magnet with a hole in it. It attaches really well to my tool. Click, you're done!
Step 5: Reuse Before You Recycle…
I'm really happy with my bike tube Leatherman sheath. If you have a suggestion to doing it differently please let me know. I'd also love to see more uses of old bike tubes.
PS I have of course watched Jimmy and Adam's Leatherman sheath videos, but mine is better:-)
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Maybe try a metal sealing instead of sewing ? With like 2 or 3 pointy teeth. Some belts are ending with this technique. Haven't tried yet but if I do I'll share images.
If knife insertion is difficult, add talc inside !