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"eagle" Knife Sheath

Discussion in 'Sheaths & Other Leather Projects' started by Eric Fisher, May 7, 2015.

  1. Eric Fisher

    Eric Fisher Active Member

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    New custom knife sheath with a "Tribal" Eagle hand tooled pattern. Belt or dangler mount. Fits up to a 1.5" wide blade with a blade+handle length greater than 9".

    Made from 9-10 oz vegetable tanned leather. Hand stitched and finished with an antique stain, acrylic top coat and hand buffed with beeswax.

    The Eagle pattern is a little hard to see in the finished form so I've shown a pic of the carving before finishing.


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  2. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    Very nice Eric!

    Very sharp lines. Do you trace the pattern out lightly with pencil and then tool it?

    Thanks for posting.

    Dan
     
  3. Eric Fisher

    Eric Fisher Active Member

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    Thanks and no I don't draw/trace directly on the leather. I have no drawing ability at all so my process is:

    Find a pattern I like and using my graphic program crop and size it as needed for the project and print on paper.

    Trace the pattern with a pencil on to opaque mylar (thin plastic with a surface you can write on).

    Case the leather with water and when it is ready for carving and trace the mylar pattern on to the leather using a fine tracing stylus. The thin mylar allows for a very clean line on the leather. The paper is to thick to trace through.

    Then cut the lines with a swivel knife.

    Then tool with leather bevel tools.

    And finally use hand modellers to finalize the shape and form of the lines.

    So those straight lines have been gone over 5 times before I'm finished which seems like a lot, but I like the results. From trace to finish, the pattern carving took about 4 hours for this sheath.

    Hope this answers your question.
     
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  4. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    That's a great description of the technique. I want to practice some fine patterns now.

    Thanks man!

    Dan
     
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    Awesome, have to try your techniques
     

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