Step 5: Finishing

So, now the sheath looks and functions like a sheath. Time to clean up the edges, put a finish on there, and maybe a little something else. For my design, I decided to trace the tooling in gold ink and then sand the leather a bit, to give it a nice antique look.

First, cut off the rough edges with your trusty razor blade. Don't worry about a change in the color, the wax will fix this up later (if you chose to use it--wax could darken the edges of a lighter, non-stained leather too much). The first picture is of the sheath before it's been painted. I used a paint called "Brush 'n Leaf." If you use ink on your leather, always test on a scrap piece first.

I used a normal, small paintbrush and painted (carefully) every tooled line of the design. For the stippled parts, I painted completely over the leather. At first I though this would be fine, but I quickly realized that the gold was overbearing and a little careless looking despite my pains. See picture three. To remedy this I waited until the paint dried and then hit it with a foam sanding block (picture four). This took off some of the excess paint and showed the stippling very nicely, and also wore the leather down in some places to give it a nice aged look. To finish, I rubbed my all-time favorite sealant, Butcher's wax, into the leather. This made the leather a little darker and shinier, as well as darkening up the non-polished parts of the leather where I had sanded, and the sides of the sheath. The last picture is me, proudly holding up my creation. It's ornate, but also very functional.
I modified mine to be a bit more functional.......
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.
<p>I needed something quick, so I just used cardboard and stapled them for now. Thanks btw. I will make a better one when I have time.</p>
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<br>
<p>Love it. Wish i had the leather, do you know of a place to get it cheap?</p>
<p>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.</p>
<p>Awesome! thanks.</p>
that's an awsome sheath I just built a bowie knife though so would I use the same method
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 :)
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 <br>
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.
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 ;) <br> <br>Cool instructable btw.
@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! <br>BTW, srry for commenting on an old comment <br>AND i would reply to your comment but there is no &quot;Reply&quot; button :/
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
anyone ever used Kydex or concealex ? I need to make a sheathe for my Baby Bear knife expendable. Triumphman. Thanks for the help.
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?<br>
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.<br>
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.
ah cool, i'll have a look, thanks
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 <br>
you look like my brother!
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
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.
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.
<p>the thing your poking it with, is properly known as an awl.</p>
&nbsp;there are also websites that sell leather and leather working tools and stuff... such as:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.tandyleatherfactory.com/">http://www.tandyleatherfactory.com/</a>
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!
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.
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<br />
cardboard might work.
I'm going to try paracord.<br />
If you don't leave me alone, I&nbsp;am going to report you.<br />
nice smile in last photo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <br>LOL
I am so so so so lucky i just went to the boot repair shop and they gave me loads of scrap leather for free!!! one piece was as big as me!!!<br><br><br>:2)
Dude, you should send me a piece!<br>You know, from one DIYer to another...<br>I'm making leather armor for the medieval fair in a few months.<br>LOL
Me, too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Great instructable and sheath. I bought a machete and the sheath that came with it is crap the blade cut through it and I ended up cutting my hand once. Leather will look very nice with it.

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