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Offline RGK

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Leather knife sheath build along
« on: April 13, 2007, 09:33:00 PM »
With the Drop point knife now done. I started on the sheath. I am really getting into leather working.

I started with a piece of scrap leather to come up with the sheath design. After a few tweaks, It's ready to transfer to the good leather.

 


The good piece of leather is a 8 Oz. Veg tanned shoulder.

 

8 Oz. means it's slightly thicker than an 1/8 of an inch.

 

From this piece of leather I cut the sheath, The belt loop and the welt which gets sewed into the sheath to protect the stitching from the sharp knife blade.

 

The design I want to carve and stamp into the leather is a simple one. A border with a basket weave and a deer's head.

 

I wet (cased) the leather with water and a sponge so it would take the tooling I will do.

 

I then used the swivel knife to cut the border about half way deep into the leather.

 

Next, I used a stamp with the likeness of a deer's head.

 
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Re: Leather knife sheath build along
« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2007, 09:34:00 PM »
With the small basket weave punch (at the top) I kept striking the leather in an alternating pattern.

 

Lastly I used a feather stamp and went around the border.

 

When held up to the light, you can see the depth of the 3D pattern.

 

I finished the stamping part of the project by putting a pattern on the belt loop.

 
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Re: Leather knife sheath build along
« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2007, 09:35:00 PM »
Next up. Sewing it all together.
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Re: Leather knife sheath build along
« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2007, 09:38:00 PM »
looking good.... you have inspired me... i'm working on a knife from the knife build-a-long now so this sheath build-a-long is the perfect addition.... thanx    :thumbsup:
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Re: Leather knife sheath build along
« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2007, 09:41:00 PM »
wow awsome, were did you get the tools for that kind of designing? id love to get my hands on a few

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Re: Leather knife sheath build along
« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2007, 10:10:00 PM »
Tandy leather factory.
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Re: Leather knife sheath build along
« Reply #6 on: April 14, 2007, 12:30:00 AM »
This is perfect Ron!  I have a knife that needs a sheath - I'm following this one step by step!
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Re: Leather knife sheath build along
« Reply #7 on: April 14, 2007, 10:22:00 AM »
Ron,

I picked up a nice little knife from Fred Asbell at the Traditional Expo a couple of weekends ago.  Now I can do a very functional sheath to go with it!!

Thanks for your efforts in posting the process.

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Re: Leather knife sheath build along
« Reply #8 on: April 14, 2007, 11:04:00 AM »
Teacher..I ALMOST bought one of those knives (wished I had later). He only had one small one left when I took off. Which one did you get?
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Re: Leather knife sheath build along
« Reply #9 on: April 14, 2007, 11:46:00 AM »
I DID buy one of those little knives from Fred, great little knife, it's going to be handy if I ever get lucky enough to use it this year... I am going to make mine a neck sheath and include a "scout sparker" (fire starter)...
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Re: Leather knife sheath build along
« Reply #10 on: April 14, 2007, 03:33:00 PM »
Ron, exceptional lesson, looking forward to the sewing part.  Can you include the tools required for a beginner; Any books or videos you would recommend to get into this hobby at the conclusion.  Thanks Marks
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Re: Leather knife sheath build along
« Reply #11 on: April 14, 2007, 04:40:00 PM »
Mark. I have never read any books or watched any videos so I can't recommend any. I have never really done much leather work until about 2 months ago when I made an armguard. I'm leaning as I go. The Tandy leather factory is where I have purchased all my supplies. I have asked a few questions while I was there. Mostly I do things by trial and error.
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Re: Leather knife sheath build along
« Reply #12 on: April 14, 2007, 04:41:00 PM »
In order to hand stitch the leather, I find it easier to use contact cement to hold the pieces in place so after I punch the holes, things won’t be shifting and sliding around on me.

 

To stitch leather this thick I need to punch holes. To do this I used a forked chisel punch.

 

Then I repeated the process on the bottom of the belt loop. I am sewing with a heavy braided waxed thread with a breaking point of 35 pounds.

 

 

Next, I cemented the welt in place

 

I have to sew through 3 layers of leather for the welt. The forked punch is not quite long enough to go through all the layers so it takes a little force to push the needle through.

 

After stitching, I trimmed the edge all around and added a brass rivet in the high stress area.

 

Next up. Coloring and finishing.
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Re: Leather knife sheath build along
« Reply #13 on: April 14, 2007, 06:31:00 PM »
Fantastic Build along..... Nice worksmanship....   :thumbsup:  Terry
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Re: Leather knife sheath build along
« Reply #14 on: April 14, 2007, 08:39:00 PM »
In order to shape the opening and make it stay in that shape. I wetted the leather and placed the knife back in the sheath.

 

After clamping it and letting it dry for a few hours. It took the shape nicely.

 

 

 

Next. I added a little color to the leather. I used a product called antique finish.

 

 

After applying the finish. I wiped it off and buffed it.

 

When it dried, I applied edge kote to the cut edges of the leather to make it smooth and make it shine.

 
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Re: Leather knife sheath build along
« Reply #15 on: April 14, 2007, 08:41:00 PM »
lastly, I added I applied 3 coats of super sheen to seal, waterproof and give the leather a nice shine. Project complete.

 
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Re: Leather knife sheath build along
« Reply #16 on: April 14, 2007, 09:28:00 PM »
Beautiful work!!!

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Re: Leather knife sheath build along
« Reply #17 on: April 14, 2007, 09:36:00 PM »
i wish i could do that.
very nice.

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Re: Leather knife sheath build along
« Reply #18 on: April 15, 2007, 01:37:00 AM »
What a great build a long. Thanks
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