It's a lot of fun making knives. I read a bunch of instructables on knife making that were excellent and decided to make my own. The knife I made was from a super thick piece of steel that I had laying around. It has a mahogany handle and brass pins. Pretty simple. But this instructable is not about the knife. Here you'll see how I made a tooled sheath for it.
Step 1: Tools and material
I used quite a few tools made for leather working, but you can get away with a lot less.
-leather stamping or carving tools
-non-metal mallet (never use a steel hammer on your tools)
-leather edger or beveler
-Vegetable tanned leather
-1 heavy duty snap
-various leather dyes and/or paints
Step 2: Make a pattern
Make a simple paper pattern by tracing around the knife. Add about 1/8" as you scribe around it. That will give a little space to slide in and out. Then with a french curve add another 1/4".
Hold the knife at your side to see how high up you want it to sit and what direction you want it to face. Think about the snap and ease of releasing it. Once you know where you want it you can mark on your pattern where the belt loop will be. I wanted mine at a slight angle backwards so when you sit down it is a little out of your way. That is the fold line in the pic.
Step 3: Cut pieces
This type of sheath is made of 4 pieces: Back, spacer,front and the snap strap. The spacer here is brown because it's a scrap from a previous project.
Mark out your pieces and cut them out with a sharp knife. Try to use enough pressure to cut through with one pass. Make sure knife is perpendicular to the cutting surface.