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Knife Sheath Question Answered

Alright, here's my question. I ordered a knife (which should be coming soon) that comes with a Nylon sheath. Though there might not be any problems with the sheath itself, I've always preferred leather sheaths. Thus, I plan on making a replica of the sheath provided except made out of leather. The problem is I've never made a sheath for a fixed blade knife before, I've made ones for other people and myself to hold folding knives, but never fixed blade.

So ... how do I go about making sure that the knife blade won't cut through the leather, the leather I have is stiff as a board so there shouldn't be a problem with the sheath bending and the knife poking through.

There's a picture of the knife I ordered along with the provided sheath below.

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LastProphet7
LastProphet7

10 years ago

Are you worried about the blade going through the leather or the stitching around the edge? If the latter is what you are worried about, you can add a billet layer to make sure the knife only rests against the leather billet and never against the stitching.

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LoneWolf
LoneWolf

Reply 10 years ago

Yes the stitching was what I was worried about ... thanks for the tip!!!

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acidbass
acidbass

Reply 10 years ago

everything should be fine you might want to put some polyurethane (justa little to have a good coat of stiffness on the inside so it doesnt tear or cut

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LoneWolf
LoneWolf

Reply 10 years ago

Thanks, I'll try that.

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acidbass
acidbass

Reply 10 years ago

no prob

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hiltstop
hiltstop

10 years ago

LoneWolf: Leather knife sheaths and cases are what I do. I'm sure you have started with your sheath for the wolf knife by now (I have the same knife) but if I can help you with sheath making just let me know. Ted Armstrong Rocky Mount NC

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LoneWolf
LoneWolf

Reply 10 years ago

Alright, thanks for the offer.

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jjay10
jjay10

10 years ago

Maybe try making a kydex sheath and covering it with leather.

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LoneWolf
LoneWolf

Reply 10 years ago

Well, it came with a Nylon sheath. Maybe I could cover that with leather?

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Goodhart
Goodhart

10 years ago

Looking forward to the published Ible on this when you finish :-)

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LoneWolf
LoneWolf

Reply 10 years ago

Haha, lol .... Actually, that's a good idea!!! Maybe I will if I can find my camera.

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KentsOkay
KentsOkay

10 years ago

To start, that is a pretty awesome knife :D To business: A decent weight veg tan leather (5 or 6 ounces should be good) will resist bending. The other trick is to wet the leather and stitch it, forming it to the shape of your blade, and letting it dry. For finish, dye and neatsfoot oil will keep things happy.

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LoneWolf
LoneWolf

Reply 10 years ago

Thanks :D I got a display case to put it in when I'm not using it. Alright, thanks a ton!!! Just one more question, I read somewhere that oil can soften the leather, and I definitly don't want that happening, so is there a certain type of oil that won't soften it?

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KentsOkay
KentsOkay

Reply 10 years ago

Some oils do indeed soften. Neetsfoot makes it more supple and water resistant, but does not soften it. Baking the oiled leather will harden it.

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LoneWolf
LoneWolf

Reply 10 years ago

Alright, thanks!!! It just arrived today and I'm going to start on the sheath later so this info came right in time!!!

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KentsOkay
KentsOkay

Reply 10 years ago

No problemo, post a pic when done!

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LoneWolf
LoneWolf

Reply 10 years ago

I sure will :)