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Old 05-17-2011, 07:25 AM   #2146
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Damn it Sniper! All you FFs need to stop reposting those Bark Rivers. I cannot afford to buy another knife!!!

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Old 05-18-2011, 12:01 PM   #2147
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Old 05-18-2011, 04:51 PM   #2148
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Very small niche market for that knife, but very cool, very clever. Sort of reminds me of a Lagiole.

I have one similar to this -- I bought three when in France, and them to my two best friends, one as a wedding present.

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Old 05-18-2011, 05:07 PM   #2149
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Quick release to get it off the bike???
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Old 05-19-2011, 03:42 PM   #2150
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Finally got my ass off the dime and got busy in the Harness Shop. I had that nice knife that Smithy so kindly made me but no sheath.

Well, I really only know how to make one style of sheath, and that's the Loveless/Dozier style pouch - I'm not nearly as good as they are but:





I use a full-grain leather that I buy tanned but undyed, and work it with all hand tools. I dyed this one Antique Brown, which gives the leather a bit of a patina. the stitching is "Over two, back one" hand done in heavy synthetic. It's one piece of leather.

Maybe I aught to spend more time learning leather and do sheaths!
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Old 05-19-2011, 04:49 PM   #2151
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Very nice, sir.

My only suggestion to improve the sheath construction, would be to go ahead and do the full stitch, using a welt, and double the back piece so you had the flesh side exposed both to the knife and to your hip... it'll be a cleaner look, and the doubling will give it a little more rigidity. Just uses more leather, is all, but you can make the belt loop integral by not stitching that portion up the sides... even one long piece, folded over at the top, would work too.


That said, it's better than most of the leatherwork I put out myself. I just have seen a LOT of sheaths, and have the pictures in my mind. It compliments the blade well, I think. I hope you use the snot out of it and that it serves you well.
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Old 05-19-2011, 06:45 PM   #2152
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Very nice, sir.

My only suggestion to improve the sheath construction, would be to go ahead and do the full stitch, using a welt, and double the back piece so you had the flesh side exposed both to the knife and to your hip... it'll be a cleaner look, and the doubling will give it a little more rigidity. Just uses more leather, is all, but you can make the belt loop integral by not stitching that portion up the sides... even one long piece, folded over at the top, would work too.


That said, it's better than most of the leatherwork I put out myself. I just have seen a LOT of sheaths, and have the pictures in my mind. It compliments the blade well, I think. I hope you use the snot out of it and that it serves you well.
Smithy, I too, have made my sheaths like Manuel has done in his post.

Would you recommend using the same weight leather for the sheath you suggested? Or would you use a lighter weight leather for the actual knife contact pieces and a heavier piece for the backing?

I think a nice leather sheath really can show off the handle of a knife that's made with a fancy type of wood (or bone, antler, etc.). I'd like to try my hand at beadwork on a sheath someday, but that's a whole different ball game, for sure.
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Old 05-19-2011, 07:05 PM   #2153
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Smithy, I too, have made my sheaths like Manuel has done in his post.

Would you recommend using the same weight leather for the sheath you suggested? Or would you use a lighter weight leather for the actual knife contact pieces and a heavier piece for the backing?

I think a nice leather sheath really can show off the handle of a knife that's made with a fancy type of wood (or bone, antler, etc.). I'd like to try my hand at beadwork on a sheath someday, but that's a whole different ball game, for sure.

"It depends".

Largely, I think, on the weight and size of the knife. Smaller pieces would do well with equal weight panels, while something monstrous would benefit from a thicker backing. I think only experience and experimentation will set the formula.
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Old 05-19-2011, 07:22 PM   #2154
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Very nice, sir.

My only suggestion to improve the sheath construction, would be to go ahead and do the full stitch, using a welt, and double the back piece so you had the flesh side exposed both to the knife and to your hip... it'll be a cleaner look, and the doubling will give it a little more rigidity. Just uses more leather, is all, but you can make the belt loop integral by not stitching that portion up the sides... even one long piece, folded over at the top, would work too.


That said, it's better than most of the leatherwork I put out myself. I just have seen a LOT of sheaths, and have the pictures in my mind. It compliments the blade well, I think. I hope you use the snot out of it and that it serves you well.
Thanks, I try hard. My wife said "Wow, you have really gotten better!". So, as a Harness Maker, I'm a good Grave digger...It's my eighth sheath since I started making knives.

I can not add another layer of leather - my thonging punch only goes 3 layers. For safety reasons [ask me about drilling thru my finger a couple of years ago - the feeling is almost all come back] I won't work with unpunched leather, no awls for me.

I have a prototype of this style sheath that I've worn pretty hard for more than a year that is barely broken in - this one is pretty tight, it take two hands to get the knife out right now. I'm going to have to break it in - I was a little agressive with the cam for the guard - I carved a bit of it down and it will get better with wear. I may just swab some beeswax inside to lube it a bit.

Because the blade is not very wide, I initially considered the Randall old style sheath where the back is partly double, the sheath front is a separate piece with a welt and stitched all around the blade with a snap strap right above the guard that holds the beast in place To be honest, I'm not that fond of hand-stitching. I can do it pretty well, as you can see from this single needle work, but to do much more than that.

Alas, I don't have snaps on hand. Sigh.

Now I understand why bigger knives ride higher on the hip, this one makes getting into the car interesting. Should get some attention this summer.

I think the antique brown with the varigated color compliments the handle well, and I tried extra hard to narrow the profile of the sheath as much as I could to reflect the blades true dimensions.

And oh, yea, it's got a drain hole at the very bottom of the sheath just in case I take a swim, although I'm sure it would start to rust before I got to shore.
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Old 05-21-2011, 07:54 PM   #2155
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Don't want to brag, ....but it's got some coustom work done to it. Notice the paint and the Fat Max blade. Made in the USA too.


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Old 05-22-2011, 04:09 AM   #2156
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The model 99E is a classic.
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Old 05-22-2011, 01:37 PM   #2157
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Don't want to brag, ....but it's got some coustom work done to it. Notice the paint and the Fat Max blade. Made in the USA too.


Hard to argue with a classic like that, plus if you really want to you can resharpen the blade. Can't tell, is that the model with the retractrable blade? I had one that did NOT retract and found it less useful all around because it's nice to be able to pocket it. Is that John Deere yellow you used on that?
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Old 05-22-2011, 02:07 PM   #2158
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It's a Dark Operations spring operated. Served me well in the 'stan.
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Old 05-22-2011, 07:27 PM   #2159
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It's a Dark Operations spring operated. Served me well in the 'stan.
I need this.
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Old 05-22-2011, 09:11 PM   #2160
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Hard to argue with a classic like that, plus if you really want to you can resharpen the blade. Can't tell, is that the model with the retractrable blade? I had one that did NOT retract and found it less useful all around because it's nice to be able to pocket it. Is that John Deere yellow you used on that?
Oh yes my friend, fully retractable. John Deere? Dunno, Came from a paint pen in the break trailer. I didn't wan"t to let the cat out of the bag, but I have a fully polished one too. Not allowed to carry anything not auto retract though.
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