Intro: KP Leather Sheath, Lace Cutter-splitter, Chisel/prongs and KP Wood Splitter
After collecting pros and cons during hiking, especially when was needed to prepare fire wood, I collect tolls which I think shell suit best for me on my trips. This is a knife, a saw, and wood split tool. And I decided to put them all in one sheath. Which I shall made from leather. Up to now was all easy, drawing and cutting leather. But, then I found myself in dilemma- to use a tread or leather lace for sewing?
I choose a leather lace, but how to made them?
Examined the Leather encyclopedia books, web videos,.. and I go to next step.
Step 1: KP Wood Splitter
First came first.
To get proper wood stick for my "tent rocket stove", after sawing, round wood has to be split at least in 4 pcs. Axe is perfect for this job... but it is 600 weight. Angle on ax is made at 20 degree usually and it is the best to cross cut wood or at 45 degree as normal. Also,at splitting to hit on proper spot take a skill and always is a finger nearby. Lifting 600 gram and strong hit the wood to achieve splitting, take a good portion of energy. Usually several hits one log.
Another approach is to modify so called "HATA" knife, and it is just what I do. I took old rusted metal file (fine carbon steel through), then cut file and grind a 15 cm in a form of square blade - angle was 7 widest (back) mm and 25 mm to the tip in a form of triangle. I left a small hand only for holding and setting blade on wood.
It is light ... cca 220 gr, and it perform his task absolutely perfect. Light to carry, easy split at desired place on log, It is not good for other wood work as ax - for example. See video.
Now, I have all tolls for my sheath....next step.
Step 2: From Wood Cutting Blade to KP Prong
First tool which I needed was a punch/prong leather chisel .... found somewhere a pc's of old broken wood cutter blade 4 mm x 40 mm, and with use of high speed metal grinder, first cut a peace of metal, then grind equal slots of 4 mm, step by step, (it was the same width as grinding wheel), Deep about 8-10 mm look't as a comb. The from both sides using the same grinder, made a V sharp edge, and polished to high glossy surface. Then I try to find out proper width of lace. Stamp different wide chisels / prongs and bride the leather with laces. then I select lace width on 4 mm....and start to cut laces.
Which was made - see on the following steps
Step 3: KP Lace Cutter, Splitter and Glue Gadget
Next tools missing for accomplishing my wish to make a leather sheath was lace cutter and splitter. I need to made it because to buy them is to expansive. Acrylic glass (plexiglass) is my favorite material. After studying all models I create a lace-cutter, lace-splitter and a gadget for prepare joints for gluing. They shell serve for this time well. On movie you can see all in work. I can adjust with of lace from 1 mm to 5 and thickness, as wanted.To reduce frictions at pulling, I built in a small steel bearings, which come out from old 4-wheel roller. Gluing is made getting two ends overlap at small angle, so thickness : length = 1:10... or more. Now lace can be long as needed and it is not necessary to make complicated braiding connections.
Step 4: KP Leather Stamp
Showy, luxurious leather saddles, horse equipment, holsters, etc., are decorated with perfect ornaments. Stamped, graved, colored. I made my own stamp from a square brass, To decorate my sheath with homeland ormanent. I pick up an old Croatian triplet ornament style, modified it-and successfully engraved. And it works!
Step 5: KP Leather Stain - Water Color
Commercially water based colors for leather are little bit to expansive and quantity only for one item are to big. So I pick up Eastern egg colors, mix red and blue an get so called maroon color, which I like. Applied/soak on stamped, formatted sheath. It is cheap and in small quantity, as was needed.
Let's go further.
Step 6: Assembling. Braiding. KP Lace Stitching
At least time is come to see how "all roads drive to Rome". Lacing was fun - I use "Spanish edge lace lacing of One loop edge", hold strong and look nice, For two straight lines was "Stairstep applique of one thong like" braid used. Plenty - enormous arrays of samples can be found in "Leather encyclopedias" around the world.
I wax lace with candle, Puling several times a lace over wax. All short lace pc's was glued one after another, with angle joint 1:10 in endless lace, during braiding. Glue joint was in distance approximately every 40 cm. 45 cm lace was enough for 6-7 loops. After few hours sitting on the chair, my sheath was assembled and ready to finish.
Step 7: KP Sheath Finish
Water moisture leather protection. From ancient times leather was impregnated with oil, grease ... linseed oil mostly, as the best. I decide to use wax/paraffin. I dilute candle particles in cleaning gasoline and soak the sheath several times. After gasoline evaporate I took shoe brush and make polish.
I am very pleased with all this work and final result.
Hope, that this presentation can help somebody...