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What Do I Need

Discussion in 'Materials & Technique' started by snailgixxer, Jun 4, 2015.

  1. snailgixxer

    snailgixxer Golf season is here:)!!!!

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    thinking about expanding my sheath making capabilities. Does anyone have a "cheap but effective" approach to what tools I'll need and what to buy for leather? Even point me in the direction of a good tutorial would help. Thanks
     
  2. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    Hi Chris,

    Really all you need is a sharp knife, an awl, contact adhesive, some thread and a needle. If you like fancy, pick up or make a few stamps. The one tool that's worth buying is a groover. The rest you can improvise.

    I got lucky when I put an ad on Kijiji asking for leather and "leathercraft tools". A lady called me and I picked up a trunk-load of stuff for cheap. Some stamps I make myself.
    As for leather, I kept checking Tandy's website until something went on sale. A veg. tanned double shoulder will go a long way. Look for something in the 8 to 10 oz. weight.

    There's a few good videos on YouTube, for a basic foldover I owe a lot to Paul Beebe for his picture tutorial: http://www.beebeknives.com/html/make_a_sheath_tutorial.html Simple and informative.

    Dan
     
  3. Eric Fisher

    Eric Fisher Active Member

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    Check out
    Making Leather Knife Sheaths Volume 1
    Amazon.ca should have it.
     
  4. Rob W

    Rob W Active Member

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    so many good tutorials at your finger-tips...........
    a few simple tools mentioned above to get started but most importantly in my opinion is patience...........
    take time in between steps, you see so many makers that try and finish a sheath in one sitting and it shows , patience is the best tool ;)
     
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  5. snailgixxer

    snailgixxer Golf season is here:)!!!!

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    Thanks for the input fellas, I've gone and done it though, I have an order for 2 knives with leather sheaths.. So I've got to learn one way or another. I have one blade nearly finished and I'm going to make a sheath for it as "practice". Already grabbed a bag of scrap leather that I can get maybe 4 fold overs. Just need a little bit of tooling I'm guessing a razor is sharp enough to cut with? What should I get for thread? a heavy gauge would be my guess. Also, when I dye the vegetable tan stuff can I use just any stain to get the colour I want? What do I do to form the leather to the knife. I realize I have to watch a few tutorials, I'm just busy with work and family and haven't gotten around to it yet.
    Thanks in advance
     
  6. snailgixxer

    snailgixxer Golf season is here:)!!!!

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    Think Micheals would have tools?
     
  7. Icho-

    Icho- Staff Member

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    Definitely check out some tutorials because they are likely better than anything we can describe without writing a whole essay. Michael's does have some stuff but I found them to be very expensive.
     
  8. KCF2013

    KCF2013 New Member

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    We lucked in we bought out a fellow who was retiring from leather craft, sold his 40+ years of tools/stamps , leather for dirt cheap filled our Ranger truck 3 times.
    As mentioned above Tandy is a great spot for tools and leather. We use a range of leather thickness depending on the knife size/style.
    Bristol board is your best friend for leather work, cheap and effective templates.
    You can use a drill press with a awl needle for making holes in the thicker leather.

    If you like PM me anytime your stuck on how to do something.

    Here are a couple of the sheaths i made up recently.
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