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Ambidextrous Sheath

Discussion in 'Sheaths & Other Leather Projects' started by John Noon, Jan 13, 2016.

  1. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    Only reason this came about was my cutting a left hand sheath that I will never use. Got the old brain going about how to make something universal then ambidextrous and in the end a sheath that can be worn multiple ways.
    Excuse the craftsmanship, this was quick and dirty to see if the concept would even work.

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  2. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    I think it's a great idea. I always like the quiver style. Could you put belt slots where the holes are? I am thinking you could make a two snap strap that would open from either side too. Cool.
     
  3. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    That would have been the easy way to solve the problem.

    Also thought of having a piece of leather on either side with belt loops, the double snap retainer never got done but the idea was there. Right along with a strap the is riveted and just loose enough it could be spun around.

    Right now the sheath is so tight the knife won't move even if upside down and shaking.
     
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  4. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    easy...hmm, let's see...

    1┘/◙ {mod(*5)│œ pS+} * 1.732/
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    = WTF?

    Sorry, the answer is...

    yes

    or 1/81
    Leatherwork is like learning to count.
     
  5. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    Never saw my thought process laid out so precisely :roflmao
     
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    Latest version for use with a fillet knife, friend requested the knife for the father with a "Go Fish!" sign requested by the grand children. Project started out sort of plain and simple with minimal tooling then this happened

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    back side of the sheath also has tooling for left hand carry
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    have to have a picture of the knife as well.
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  8. Jim T

    Jim T Active Member

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    Nice job on both the knife and the sheath, John. How heavy is the leather? 7 - 9 oz.?
     
  9. John Noon

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    good question, that I will have to measure to figure out. Normally grab the lighter of two hides I have for fillet knives.

    It is 3mm thick and welt was taken from the same hide. Generally select a thickness for the weld that equals or is close to blade thickness.
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  10. bob682

    bob682 New Member

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    i like the idea on an ambidextrous sheath, last one i made i completely forgot it had to be right handed and conveniently made it left handed.....at least it wasnt for a customer
     
  11. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    3mm is about 8 oz. The old school ounce measure is in 64ths of an inch, so 1/8" is stated as 8 oz or equivalent to 8/64".
     
  12. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    The only catch to this sheath is the amount of stitching is nearly double. One feature I really like is if you have a belt loop centered behind the sheath there is very little movement of the knife.

    This design lends itself to a pancake holster configuration and allows a very high carry of the knife, easily worn when sitting in a vehicle without interfering with the seat belt.
     
  13. krash-bang

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    Awesome job on the sheath John, both sides! Looks great. That is some nice tooling. That maple leaf, wow!
     
  14. John Noon

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    The Maple Leaf, easier than it looks. Q-tip and slap on the color with good overlap and buff when dried.

    The tooling part was done with a tear drop shape and a smooth edging tool just varied pressure . All lines (veins) were cut with a knife, tooled and then filled with black dye so they stand out a little.
     
  15. John Noon

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    It has been a while and a few sheaths under the belt, this is a bird and trout knife made from 1/16" AEB-L with stabilized Lace wood and G10 handle.
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    Started tagging the knife and sheath as well as having a recipe card that follows the knife through the shop. Helps keep track of the customers order and keeps me from getting side tracked on a design.

    Not that you can tell but each little piece was cut and matched to the exact size hidden pins carefully laid out with just a bit of wiggle room. Yet somehow the orange spacers decided to lift while clamped and the scale moved just a tiny bit. So back to the beginning for this knife, customer will be using this one temporarily while small game season is still open.

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