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MAArcher

If anyone has pics of your knives and sheaths, would you post them and comment on any improvements you'd make to their design?  I'm going to make a new sheath for one of my knives and I'm looking for some inspiration.  I can't decide if I want to make the belt loop to the exact size of my belt, or leave it oversized as it is.  When I sit down, the knife slides up and the pommel jabs me.  I'm not sure if a smaller loop will make that better or not.  Also not sure what style of sheath I want or what I want to do in regards to embellish with carving/stamping, etc.  This sheath is one I made and like but its a little plain and want to make something better.

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Wirehair

I don't have any pics handy but i bought a custom knife that came with a crossdraw sheath and boy is it a nice design to wear. If your interested in seeing it pm me and i'll give you the makers website.

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Wisconsin

How about this style? Bought this knife and sheath from a local knife-maker. I love the sheath style.

 

Ken 

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Remo
On 10/18/2017 at 9:11 AM, MAArcher said:

If anyone has pics of your knives and sheaths, would you post them and comment on any improvements you'd make to their design?  I'm going to make a new sheath for one of my knives and I'm looking for some inspiration.  I can't decide if I want to make the belt loop to the exact size of my belt, or leave it oversized as it is.  When I sit down, the knife slides up and the pommel jabs me.  I'm not sure if a smaller loop will make that better or not.  Also not sure what style of sheath I want or what I want to do in regards to embellish with carving/stamping, etc.  This sheath is one I made and like but its a little plain and want to make something better.

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Little Finn? A handy sized knife for sure.

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MAArcher

Yes, great knife.  Would be even better if it was just a quarter of an inch longer in each direction.  At $30 its the best deal around if you want a stacked leather handle and leather sheath instead of plastic.  Pretty good metal too, easy to get razor sharp, doesn't rust.  Just wish it didn't have China stamped on it.

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NECarson

Not a very good picture, but I love this sheath. IB5416q.jpg

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Millriver

Here's the two I keep in the truck during hunting season. One on the right is a Russell Trout and Bird knife by Grohmann, the one on the left is a custom fillet knife made by a friend. I use that one for cleaning birds. It's a zebra wood handle with antler inlay. He put a grouse feather on the sheath. Love that knife!

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smalliesonthefly

I'm a little late to the party here, I just noticed this thread. I was inspired by the previous pocketknife thread to start fiddling with making knives. I began with a couple of pre-finished blades, adding scales, then got some tool steel, and ground, heat treated, and polished my own. More are in the works. The last I made turned out the best, in my estimation, and I gave it to the guy who turned me on to grouse in the first place. Here it is, copper pins and cherry scales.

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MAArcher

Thats a cool looking knife.  What did you use for a grinder?  I check Craigslist once in a while for a belt grinder but their rare to come by and they don't give them away.

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sprocket

If you're having it made, consider adding a slot for a flint steel...like bush knife

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smalliesonthefly
6 hours ago, MAArcher said:

Thats a cool looking knife.  What did you use for a grinder?  I check Craigslist once in a while for a belt grinder but their rare to come by and they don't give them away.

 

First off, thanks. I have an old Rockwell 1" x 42", that I actually got as a throw in off a craigslist buy of a 4" jointer. It was, and is, noisy and in rough shape, and I'm not sure how much longer it will last. But for now, until I can rationalize a 2" x 72", it'll do. It just takes a bit longer, with more cooling dunks of the blade while doing the bevels. I have another pic of that knife, here's more of a side view. As you can see, I like drop points, a generous handle for control, and a knife that I can set down on flats without it rolling around to go edge up. I'll pop out another post of the first one from scratch following this.

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smalliesonthefly

Brass pins, Black walnut scales, exposed tang, not polished as well as the latest.

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MAArcher
1 hour ago, smalliesonthefly said:

Brass pins, Black walnut scales, exposed tang, not polished as well as the latest.

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I love drop points too.  How did you do the makers mark?  Is it elctro etched?  I have a coal forge and want to make a knife from scratch if I can ever find the time.  I can't remember the brand of belts I use on my little 1" sander but if you get the high quality belts they can work.  I have a leather strop belt I use with jewelers rouge to polish my hunting and kitchen knives.  I bet you'd enjoy the leather work too if you made sheaths, its easier than making the knife. 

Nice work!

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smalliesonthefly

Laser engraver. Ceramic belts would probably help me out a bit. I got enough heat from a fire in the pit at camp to get to non-magnetic, then quenched, and 56C -58C after tempering at 400* for two hours. I used polishing stones, then up to 600 wet paper, then diamond paste, then finally green compound on a buffing wheel for the cherry knife.  Then sharpening with the Gatco. It's not quite hair popping sharp all along the blade, but still a pretty good edge. Time and use will tell how it holds up. The scales are three coats of Tru-Oil, then two of satin polyurethane. Eventually I'll tackle the leather, but at the moment I'm sidetracked on an old black powder revolver kit refurbish. Re-bluing everything, sanding and polishing the brass frame, etc.

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I’ll just say on a traditional style sheath like pictured in the OPS post I like the keeper loop high as in the picture. I have a couple with the keep located lower and you have to be careful  to not slice the keeper when drawing or holstering  the knife 

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