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Simple way to make a sheath and wet forming,part 2.

Discussion in 'Bushcraft' started by sticks65, Apr 7, 2010.

  1. sticks65

    sticks65 Monkey++

    Part 2,wet forming..

    Soak your sheath for one minute in warm water.

    Put grease on your blade and wrap it in clingfilm.

    Put your wrapped knife in the wet sheath and use a piece of wood that has rounded ends and has been sanded smooth,use this to roll and rub around the shape of the handle and blade,keep going back and re-rolling and shaping until it takes form.

    I left my sheath to dry over two days.










    Sheath finish waxed and buffed.

    Part 1 can be found by following the link below.


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  2. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    With the sheath formed on the handle, I can see why the lanyard is necessary. The sheath might just have a good grip on the knife.
  3. Ken

    Ken Monkey+++ Founding Member

    What are you using for thread?
  4. sticks65

    sticks65 Monkey++

    waxed string,the natural kind you use in gardening.

    I dyed it using tea and then dipped it in wax and pulled it through my fingers to get the excess off.
  5. franks71vw

    franks71vw Monkey+++

    Damn great info... I was wondering about leaving a grommet hole on the bottom and making one for a larger knife to tie to your thigh... Dumb question but where is the best place to look for leather.. I was thinking auto seat upolstering place??
  6. sticks65

    sticks65 Monkey++

    Really you want atleast 3mm thick leather for a sheath,i got mine from a local cobbler.
  7. hog

    hog Drinking Mampoer.

    Totaly agree with this or its just far to flimsy.
  8. groovy mike

    groovy mike Immortal

    how long do you soak the leather?
  9. sticks65

    sticks65 Monkey++

    I soaked it for one minute in warm water.
  10. pcc

    pcc Monkey+

    Great info, this looks like a good project for my sons boy scout group. Have a couple of questions for you.

    In part one when you say drill the holes, I'm thinking you used an awl. Is there some reason that would prevent an electric drill from working, it would make it much faster & safer when dealing with a group of 8, 9 & 10 year old kids.

    You formed the leather around the handle of the knife very closely, I assume you formed it that way to hold the knife without a strap. Looking at the shape of the handle it appears that it may be difficult for a kid to insert the knife into the sheath.

    With kids in mind do you think it would it be better not to form it so tight in that area so they don't have to force it in?? Thanks again for posting.

  11. sticks65

    sticks65 Monkey++

    I did use a drill not an awl[winkthumb]

    I think yes It would be awkward for a kid to get the knife In that type of sheath.

    Yes I think it would be better to not form it so tight for a young ones sheath.[winkthumb]
  12. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

  13. Hispeedal2

    Hispeedal2 Nay Sayer

    Really cool. I think I will keep my eye open for leather scraps.
  14. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    And part 2 bump.
  15. sticks65

    sticks65 Monkey++

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  16. XiBowhunter

    XiBowhunter Monkey+

    This was a great how-to. I need to find a knife like that so I can make a custom sheath.
  17. eeyore

    eeyore Monkey++

    Very nice sticks
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