Hey /k/ool guys. Last week I made a thread showing off a sheath I made for my kabar and some fellows showed interest in a similar sheath with a belt loop. It's not perfect in any way, but I made it to the best of my abilities. This is the second sheath I've made, and the first with a belt loop.
The spots on the stamping are dust from sanding. I'll have to find a way to clean it out.
It's a very thick, very robust sheath and fairly heavy.
Looks great for one of the first attempts too. Very solid and clean looking. Great work.
I sell my leatherwork which is basically the same standard and it goes for $100+ per sheath.
Really good fun!
Thanks /k/ool guy. I didn't realize how much work it took to make one with a belt loop until I made it. The first one took me a day, but this one took me a while to figure out, but I'm happy with how it turned out.
>kabar in mint condition
why did you do this for a knife you never use
um... ok, whatever floats your boat. i still have the sheath my USN Mk2 KABAR came with. Too lazy to take a pic of mine, so here is someone elses
Thanks, pop. I got the leather from Tandy Leather Factory. They have a sale on some nice leather for sheaths:
Please do, I went to the local hobby lobby and they had one set for of tools, no swivel knife for 70 dollars, hoped the fuck out.
I'll check that, been looking to do a trifold notebook and a quiver for my arrows
Here's a list of what you might need for basic leatherwork using vegetable tanned leather, and what I'd recommend for a notebook and quiver. I use a utility knife ($10-$20) for most of my cutting and strop it every now and then so it cuts like butter. It might be wise to get a rotary cutter ($15) as well for ease of use. You'll also need a poly/rawhide mallet ($25+), needles for saddle stitching ($3 for 10), stitching chisels ($10 each), and thread (depends on type, strength, etc, ranges from $5 a spool to $45). You'll also need a burnisher/slicker ($2 on ebay, $17 in store), and a size 2 edge beveler ($15). For colouring you will want to use Feibings Professional Oil Dye ($8 each), some wool daubers ($4 for 10), some rags for buffing, a leather conditioner like carnauba cream ($8), a sealer like acrylic resolene ($8), tan kote ($8) to seal the inside and flatten the hair down, and some edge kote ($8) to dye your edges. So to get into it you're looking at around $140 plus tax, plus the cost of your leather. You can also get these things on ebay from Asia for much cheaper, but the only thing I've gotten off ebay is the slicker because it's just a piece of wood.
The tools really do make the difference in terms of look and finish. Beveling that edge and burnishing it smooth gives it a very nice look and feel. My first projects were absolutely shit because I didn't have the right tools to do the job.
Also if you plan on buying a lot from Tandy Leather Factory you can get a year long membership for $35 and get significant savings. Almost everything I've bought has been on sale, including leather.
You're looking at paying more for stamps ($10 each) and tooling ($25+ for swivel knife, $10 each for modeling tools).
Every one of this guy's videos is worth watching. I've watched them all from start to finish:
Yeesh this is expensive. Well gotta start somewhere. Any idea/vids on how to press backgrounds to make designs pop? See a lot of flower designs like this on it is something I wanna do with the quiver and note book.
You see all those metal tools in the background? They're about $8-$10 each. It's produced using a combination of some of those and a swivel knife. Takes quite a while to get good at carving. These sheaths are my first experience with stamping. I don't have a swivel knife and won't be doing anything like tooling and carving leather like that.
Wow. All of the Ka-Bar brand Ka-Bars are black now. I feel a bit sad about this. I mean, sure they have other knives without the coating... but damn. I already have one with the coating, and kinda wanted one without.