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I got a knife while in Vietnam, but it looked drab with not proper handle or sheath. My next problem to overcome was my lack of leather working tools; leather punch, needle, cutters etc.
A little patience and basic tools got me what I wanted in the end

This project is low cost (I spent less than equiv 9USD) and will suit pretty much any home made or store purchased knife/sword
 
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Step 1: Materials

Materials
-Knife/Sword of your choosing
-Stiff(ish) Leather, Dimensions will depend on blade size
-About 190cm of Paracord (preferably not gutted) or other medium thick twine
-Thread for sewing
-All purpose glue

Tools
-Craft Knife
-Heavy duty scissors
-Rasp
-Bulldog clips aka "Binder clips"
-Pliers
-Needle
-Drill with very small bit

Step 2: Sheath cutting

-Place the blade on a bit of paper and trace around it
-Enlarge the template by 2.5cm on both sides then cut out
-Use some tape to stick it to the back of the leather
-Cut the shape out ONCE using craft knife and scissors
-Flip this shape over so its nice side up then used it as a guide to cut a second piece of leather

-For a belt loop, cut out a piece of leather 7-8cm high by 2.5cm less than the width of the template

Step 3: Sewing prep

-Before you proceed with the next step, clip the sheath together down the side and insert the knife. If the sheath seems to wide, which it probably will be, trim it down a touch

-Mark a line 0.5cm from the edge down both sides of one piece
-Mark 0.5cm increments down all the lines on the leather
-Drill holes (making sure they are straight down) at the increment markings
-Position belt loop piece and do the same, but allow for thickness of belt


Good instructable but the knife is it made of a pipe or somthing the handle looks hollow
minerug (author)  Don,t try this at home4 years ago
Thanks. The kife was cut out of a flat sheet of metal, the template made in such away that when you fold the handle around, it forms a tube. Yes, it's hollow ;)
If you make a cap for it you can make a survival kit to put in there.and did you say you got it in nam???

Or you could use it as a survival spear, if you put a stick into the handle :)

minerug (author)  Don,t try this at home4 years ago
That's a good idea! It would only fit the bar essentials though. And yes, I did get the base knife in (North) Vietnam at a place called Bac Ha Markets or something
in the survival kit you dont need that much so it would fit char cloth matches fishing line hooks thats all you need lol i go in the woods a few days at a time and live on that stuf and you went to nam wow were you in the war or did you just go there on your own
yeah but rather than matches may i sugest a decent flint as it will last longer and is more robust/ resists water damage etc
my friend has a knife with a flint built into the handle!
minerug (author)  Don,t try this at home4 years ago
Lol, not the war. Went to north Vietnam for a 16 day holiday with my family. A few days in Hanoi, 3 day cruise in Halong bay then to Bac ha, Sapa, Dein Bein Phu Battlefield (where the french Imperialists were defeated on 7th may 1954) then to Son la and back to Hanoi. Bloody cheap place to travel to once you get to the un-touristy places
If i went there i would be trying to find stuf like old grenades and stuf like that lol
minerug (author)  Don,t try this at home4 years ago
Lol, you'd probably have to go to the DMZ and South Vetnam for that stuff... The north shows mostly stuff about when the french were occupying there. The highest mountain in Indochina (Cambodia, Laos and Nam) is in the north as well
It looks like you could put a pole into that hole in the handle and make a spear
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Fred826644 years ago
If you cant get to them here is a small peek what is there
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minerug (author)  Fred826644 years ago
Great work!
Thank you ! I got more pics on facebook.com as well as better pics of the hat. lol After doing the barding in the brim (Both Sides ) I seen why the Mad Hater went mad not all by the glue they used back then. it was a new bared for me as well as first try
Fred826644 years ago
This is good for a beginner in leather craft it would be an improvement to put a welt in the seem where the blade rest this will protect the stitching from being cut in time as the knife blade slides in and out of the sheath. I do this to all the sheaths I make. before stitching it in I cote the edge of the welt with tooling rouge. this helps keep the blades edge razor sharp when you pull the knife for use. try using the saddle stitch it makes a better stitching bond. for a nice look go with a braided Mexican edge lacing. The next sheath I do I will take some pics and post a lible. here is some of the leather works I have done http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/album.php?aid=2074361&id=1201925724
minerug (author)  Fred826644 years ago
Unfortunately your link won't work :(
sorry about the link ! that part is not by my doings. however looks like I will be doing a sheath soon. I got a knife that has a vary cheep sheath and I am about out of the leather for my Aviation Series of leather projects . lol so now the sheath moves up on the bench list. My work shop is not what one would call proper it is a bed room that I sleep in. I developed many short cuts to aid in the lack of a dream work shop if you like send me an e mail here and I perhaps we can go from there on hooking you up to the face book link I posted
minerug (author)  Fred826644 years ago
I'm going to post a modification/improvement step when next time I get access to a proper workshop. I had a bad experience with the stitching on sunday when I took this into the jungle with me...
jtobako4 years ago
A welt to keep the knife from cutting the stitching and make room for the blade?
minerug (author)  jtobako4 years ago
Never heard of one. Do you have a link with info about them?
jtobako minerug4 years ago
http://www.google.com/#hl=en&source=hp&q=sheath+tutorial+welt&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=CAXso_gZJTJ6lIaeqgATg1ODJCQAAAKoEBU_QD5Q-&pbx=1&fp=c843d299fa929dcb or http://www.google.com/images?client=hp&expIds=17259,24483,25254,25402,25669,25714&sugexp=ldymls&xhr=t&q=sheath%20tutorial%20welt&cp=20&hl=en&um=1&ie=UTF-8&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi
minerug (author)  jtobako4 years ago
Thanks for that, I'll see what I can do