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Leather For Sheaths

Discussion in 'Leather & Kydex Tools and Equipment' started by Shadnuke, Feb 8, 2020.

  1. Shadnuke

    Shadnuke Disabled dreamer...

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    Hey all, what weight leather do you all typically use for sheaths? Kinda thinking of maybe buying a starter kit, and then trying my hand at a couple sheaths. I like Kydex, and finally gave it a go last week, but don't have eyelets large enough, so I'm waiting on an order. Is there anything special that's needed for making leather sheaths? What are the basics I would need to get started?
     
  2. Eric Fisher

    Eric Fisher Active Member

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    That's a big question. There is no starter kit you can purchase to make sheaths. The "kits" don't have any of the tools you need to make sheaths. Assuming you are making knives you already have almost every thing you need in you shop now. I make a lot of sheaths. The tools I use are: 8/9 oz vegetable tanned leather, scratch all to trace the pattern on the leather, Olfa 18 mm box cutter with the black snap off blades to cut the pattern out, drum sander to rough leather where it needs to be glued and to sand edged smooth, contact cement (I use water based so I don't loose anymore brain cells), Lots of clamps to hold everything together while the glue dries, wing divider to scribe the stitching line, stitch hole marking wheel (5 stitch per inch) you can also use the wing divider to do this, drill press/dremel drill setup and a 5/64" drill running really fast to drill stitching holes, 1 mm stitching thread and #2 John James needles (Leatherwerks (AB) on Etsy is a very good source for these, smooth round stick/bone to smooth and burnish sanded edges, beeswax (or blend) to polish and seal edges. Depending on the leather you may also need leather dye, neetsfoot oil, leather finish (Mop and Glo works pretty good). There are a series of books on making knife sheaths that may be useful to you or other. Making Leather Knife Sheaths Vol 1, 2, 3. Good basic starter techniques. Find them on Amazon.ca or tandyleather.ca. Hope that helps.
     
  3. Shadnuke

    Shadnuke Disabled dreamer...

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    When I meant starter kit, I meant something with an awl, marking wheels, cutters, stamps, etc... I know there are kits for basic knife sheaths, wallets, etc... And like 99% of any kits, they're junk. Just wondering what leather everyone normally uses, andathe basic tools are that everyone uses.
     
  4. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    There are no special tools other than what is typically used for leather working unless doing hidden stitches then there are a couple specialty tools needed.

    Just found out today that those tools are used in hand made shoes and located all but the hooked stitching awl needles.

    you can purchase single hides directly from Wicket & Craig . Good leather overall however the stamping details are typically smoother than a Herman Oak leather which is crisp.
     

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