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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.

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Step 1: Tools and material

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I used quite a few tools made for leather working, but you can get away with a lot less.



-stitching awl

-leather stamping or carving tools

-non-metal mallet (never use a steel hammer on your tools)

-leather edger or beveler

-sand paper

-wing divider

-saddlery needles

-hole punch

-straight edge

-cutting board


-Vegetable tanned leather

-1 heavy duty snap

-2 rivets

-various leather dyes and/or paints


Step 2: Make a pattern

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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

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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.

bakdrft8 months ago

Beautiful Work!

bakdrft8 months ago

Beautiful Work!

rkutchinsky9 months ago
buiteafull work ?
bakdrft9 months ago

Nice Work, Sure beats learning how to STOP a 630' freighter!

jessyratfink9 months ago

I am so impressed with everything you do!! This is absolutely stunning.

calskin10 months ago

Beautiful knife! That is my favourite design. Very much like my Condor Bushlore.

What kind of steal did you use?

Phiske (author)  calskin10 months ago

Just used some junk steel I had lying around. It's my first knife and didn't spend a lot of time on it. Just wanted to see how it would turn out with the minimal tools that I have. Going buy some better steel from Admiral steel in Chicago to make some real blades. Made it in Ecuador.

savageeuge10 months ago

Nice knife, when are you going to do an instructable for one

Phiske (author)  savageeuge10 months ago

I made it after reading a bunch of ibles" and don't know if I could add to the knowledge. Thanks for the comment though!

bondogmom10 months ago

Well done!! Sharp smooth cuts and the colors go well with the design!

Phiske (author)  bondogmom10 months ago

Thanks for the look!

Where do you you buy your leather? I'm looking to get into leather working, but I don't really know where to get the leather from.
Phiske (author)  pittsburghtoaster10 months ago

Try to find a Tandy leather factory near you just to get your feet wet. There aren't a lot of brick and mortar leather stores around. Otherwise buy on-line. try Springfield leather company. Just use some basic tools you may have around the house at first then little by little you can buy some better tools.

traumatized looks awesome!!! sooo many tools!!

Phiske (author)  Captain MacTavish10 months ago

What guy doesn't like tools?

shizumadrive10 months ago

where did you get the leather and how muxh was it?

Mattrox10 months ago

I love it! The colors and shaping of the sheath are beautiful. I also love the knife it looks brilliant! Thanks for posting!

HollyMann10 months ago

Very nice job - it looks awesome!

Phiske (author)  HollyMann10 months ago

thanks Holly, Your tablet case looks great. Like the feather. Very lifelike

The Rambler10 months ago

This is a fantastic piece. The knife is beatiful too. Did you make it also?

Phiske (author)  The Rambler10 months ago

Thanks! Yeah I made it a couple months ago. First knife. I hope to make more. We'll see what happens...

The Rambler Phiske10 months ago

Wow, somehow I must have skipped right over the intro. I totally missed that you already said that.

Phiske (author)  The Rambler10 months ago

hah! no worries

Matt2 Silver10 months ago

Very nice work, I wish you luck in the leather working contest, you have a vote from me : )

antagonizer10 months ago

That's really purty looking, but here's the problem...when you make yourself such a nice sheath, you end up not using it for fear of ruining it, or at least that's how I am. lol. Great work!

Jack Moran10 months ago

This is great! so going to make one for my crocodile dundee knife.

agoodguy10 months ago
Beautiful work but you should consider a metal insert or heavy wire stitching in the event you fall on it to prevent a puncture through the sheath and a resulting stab wound. I am sure the knife you made is very sharp as all knife makers and owners pride themselves on the sharpness! Nice job.
Phiske (author)  agoodguy10 months ago

Yeah... not gonna happen. This is tough saddle leather. There is no way it would poke through. I'd have to have a 20' fall to make that happen. So, I'm not worried about that. Thanks for the look!

Survivorkidjr10 months ago
What do u use the knife for. Survival, bushcraft, EDC???
Phiske (author)  Survivorkidjr10 months ago

Basically it's my camping knife. I keep it in my go bag.

billbillt10 months ago

Another very complete one...great job...double plus good.....

Phiske (author)  billbillt10 months ago

Thanks so much!

That is just beautiful work!

Phiske (author)  Penolopy Bulnick10 months ago

Thanks Penolopy!