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Japanese Tanto Sheath Build Along: Blade Show Bound

Discussion in 'Sheaths & Other Leather Projects' started by Eric Fisher, Apr 22, 2018.

  1. Eric Fisher

    Eric Fisher Member

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    Pretty excited to be asked by a knife maker to design and build a sheath for a forged, 150 plus layer, damascus steel, Japanese Tanto knife he is taking to the blade show in Atlanta, Ga June 1-3, 2018.

    10.25" blade with 15.5" OAL.

    Sheath will be hand held witha drop in belt holster option. Knife maker uses a skull theme in his work so a Japanese skull tattoo design is being incorporated in to the piece.

    Posting this as progress is made. More pics as the piece progresses.

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  2. ToddR

    ToddR Putterer, Tinkerer, Waster of Time Staff Member

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    WOW!! That's insanely cool. Just when i think the skill level in this group couldn't get any higher... Only problem, I really am starting to develop a complex here. I've got to come up with a new name for "sheaths" for what i'm making now, cause it doesn't resemble your work at all.
     
  3. John Noon

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    Every sheath you make gets better so keep plugging away
     
  4. Eric Fisher

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    It just takes time, the desire to get better and never be satisfied with "good enough". I'm self taught and 42 years later still trying to make the next project better than the last one.
     
  5. cuatroXcuatro

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    Spectacular.
     
  6. Eric Fisher

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    Progress shot. Background dye and oil applied. After that dries the skull will be antiqued.
    Did a small carving to test the antique process before doing the real thing. No redo if it goes bad :)

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  7. ToddR

    ToddR Putterer, Tinkerer, Waster of Time Staff Member

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    Man, i can't even draw a skull. Forget stamping it in leather and antiquing it. Oh yeah, it's also gonna be a functional sheath. Crazy. (crazy in a good way - to clarify)
     
  8. Eric Fisher

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    Thanks for the comment. It will be functional for sure.
    And I can't draw either. No ability at all except to modify existing drawings to suit leather carving. I use tattoo drawings and other sources for the base of the carving I do.
     
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    Antiquing done. Even I'm starting to get creeped out. On to assembly.

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  10. ToddR

    ToddR Putterer, Tinkerer, Waster of Time Staff Member

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    Man, that's just too cool for school. I love how that looks. Just pops off the leather.
     
  11. Eric Fisher

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    The carving is now turned into the hand sheath portion of the build. Front, back and edge. Sheath is 11-1/2" long
    Belt holster next.

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  12. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    I would be so tempted to have a glow powder in the eyes and not tell the new owner
     
  13. Eric Fisher

    Eric Fisher Member

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    What an idea. I think I will need to find that stuff and try next time :)
     
  14. Eric Fisher

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    I finished the sheath and removal-able belt holster. On it's way to the Atlanta blade show in a month. Knife by RIP Custom Knives.

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  15. John Noon

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    Looks good and I have some more glow powder on the way. Going to try it on a couple little projects
     
  16. Eric Fisher

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    :)
     
  17. John Noon

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    Well when ordering from turntex go big or go home :) have more dyes as well.

    Stabilizing chambers should be ready end of May
     
  18. ToddR

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    Looks awesome. Like something a ninja cowboy biker would carry (i see them around all the time - you know, in the ninja cowboy biker bars and such)
     
  19. Griff

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    You can be proud of that one Eric...what a beauty. I think I am going to have to learn some leather work!
     
  20. Eric Fisher

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    @ToddR I'll have to take your word on that ninja cowboy biker bar thing.
    @Griff Thanks. I don't make knives but I am a fan and am trying in my way to make great looking knives look greater. This knife is going to the blade show in Atlanta and the knife maker wanted something special. I spent a lot of time trying to do that, including building test pieces of the sheath, carving test pieces to test the dye and antique effects, etc. I am very happy with the result and knowing that after 42 years of doing this, I can still learn new stuff.
    Never ever settle for "good enough".
    And I was watching video tonight on how to make a knife from a file with no special tools. I just might have to try that. Can you anneal a file in a charcoal bbq :)
     

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