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This instructable is a tag-along to my first, "How to Build a Knife." I had some requests for this after I posted that first one, so here it is--a lot sooner than I thought, too.

So, you want to make a sheath? Maybe you have a nice old knife lying around that doesn't have one, or has a crappy one. Maybe that knife is store-bought or maybe you made it yourself, maybe it's a hunting knife, a fishing knife, a fighting knife, or a kitchen knife; in any case, you can make a good sheath for it.

So, if you're intrigued, or if you have nothing better to do, read on.
 
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Step 1: Designing the sheath

Step number one: same as last time. Get out a pad of paper and a pencil. First, the sheath has to accommodate your knife's blade. Trace out the entire knife, handle and all, on the paper--see picture one. After that's done, draw your sheath around the knife. ALWAYS allow adequate space around the blade for expansion when the knife is in the sheath and connection of the sheath's sides. Here I'm going to make a layered leather type of sheath, a good kind for beginners as leather is more forgiving than other types of material like wood or metal. My project has three layers--the back of the sheath, the front panel, and a spacer between them. I gave about a quarter inch of space (maybe a little more in places) to connect them all. Of course, this much space might not be needed if you're doing another kind of sheath, such as a buckskin or front-sewn sheath.

As you can see from the second picture, the structural design of my sheath is pretty simple. It has a pouch and a belt loop, somewhat contoured to the first half of the grip. Don't think that something simple like this is the only option--there are thousands of other variations you can use, from the practical to the totally outlandish. I favor practical designs , but that's just me.
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I modified mine to be a bit more functional.......
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Basta (author)  MR.builderguy3 years ago
Very nice. The rivets were a good idea, as the one in the 'ible came apart after a while. In summer I want to make a nicer pair of knife/sheath instructables.
Thanks!
brandon199522 days ago
I would recommend stiching the boarder and the belt loop. glue is strong but ultimately will fail if you Cary the knife. use glue and stiching and that case will link good and last a lifetime
Jake_Makes1 month ago

Love it. Wish i had the leather, do you know of a place to get it cheap?

Try Tandy Leather. I always get my leather from there and if you take the time and look around on their site, you'll find some killer deals. I was able to get some suade for a little over a dollar per foot my last order.

Awesome! thanks.

starwarsgeek14 months ago
that's an awsome sheath I just built a bowie knife though so would I use the same method
fmpedro1 year ago
A very nice sheath indeed! As soon as I have the time, I'm planing on making a similar one for a knife I have hanging around from my times in the Scouts :)
cody.lomas1 year ago
i had a had a hard time getting leather as well iff you have a truck look for leather couches on craigslist/ bulk pick up day if you dont got a truck you just grab the cushions its free and decent quality or good will leather jackets just make sure it aint pleather
how would you actually sew it
You would need to have the holes punched, and then using a thick, but dull needle, and some very thick string, sew it around the edge. Here's a look at my sword sheath. I used brown shoe polish to give it some shine.
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nice
Cyclone17642 years ago
you should make a rambo style knife
Actually, there is a way to undo cutting off your fingers, a special powder from pig intestines or something like that imitates stem cells that transform into whatever cells are necessary for regeneration of body parts, so based on that it would actually be better to cut off more of yourself than the leather, since you can regrow your finger but leather can't regrow ;)

Cool instructable btw.
soldeir 92 years ago
@MR.builderguy , the rivets WILL hold the sheath better, but will also dull the knife from drawing/sheathing the knife. that design on your sheath is cool!
BTW, srry for commenting on an old comment
AND i would reply to your comment but there is no "Reply" button :/
triumphman2 years ago
I just found some really cool plastic @ Lowees. It works very similar to kydex. See my 'ible, how to make a faux kydex knife sheath. Enjoy, Triumphman
triumphman2 years ago
anyone ever used Kydex or concealex ? I need to make a sheathe for my Baby Bear knife expendable. Triumphman. Thanks for the help.
Basta (author)  triumphman2 years ago
All the time--check Google, people have tons of tutorials for heat-forming Kydex. It usually involves heating the material and forming it in a press, nothing high-tech. I've been wanting to get into Kydex.
dude nice knife how long did u polish it for?
acancilla2 years ago
sorry, very good guide, but can i ask where you got that particular knife from? thanks basta. Ive tried your guide and it all worked well, though i must admit, i borrowed Mr.builderguy's idea for rivets, but other wise nice one.
Basta (author)  acancilla2 years ago
It's my own invention! The instructible on that is on my profile, check it out if you want. I strongly recommend following Mr.builderguy's lead, too. Everything I make out of leather lately has rivets.
acancilla Basta2 years ago
ah cool, i'll have a look, thanks
Brounds142 years ago
i had an idea of making one out of a T-shirt for a home sheath if you wouldn't have a leather one... jw would that work?
mmmm peanut butter sammiches
cool knife
fishcake273 years ago
you look like my brother!
rmethven3 years ago
Hey, I know this was awhile ago, but great sheath! do you think this same process would work with a pair of ulaks? like he ones from Chronicles of Riddick? or would you need to add something else because they're curved? I don't see why you would but just thought I'd ask haha
Basta (author)  rmethven3 years ago
Ulaks? I have seen them but I didn't know they have a name! If I could I would use a stiffer vegetable-tanned leather. Maybe even a wooden sheath wrapped in leather. The one definite must is riveting/stitching, since this sheath has since fallen apart. I hope to make a much better knife/sheath guide later in April or June if I have the time.
Ssiatha5 years ago
try a shoe repair/locksmiths they usually have good strong leather and don't mind selling a bit to you.
just curious, why would a locksmith have strong leather?
not a clue.

the thing your poking it with, is properly known as an awl.

 there are also websites that sell leather and leather working tools and stuff... such as: http://www.tandyleatherfactory.com/
Kaiven6 years ago
WoW! Great sheath idea! If I don't have any leather, it there an easy material from around the house that could substitute well and be strong? Thanks, and great 'ible!
Basta (author)  Kaiven6 years ago
There's a lot of things you can use--not necessarily something from around the house, but you could try various heavy fabrics like canvas or duckcloth, neoprene, if you're a handy person you could try wood or even metal scraps.
old belts are good, too.
LoneWolf Basta5 years ago
I made one out of wood, and it actually worked pretty well but I also made a leather one to compare the too and I actually perfer the leather to the wood, I don't know why-maybe it's because it looks cooler!!!
Seat belt out of an old car
cardboard might work.
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