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Its possible to spend heavily over the top for items you really don't need.

This is the basics that will make good sheaths .

Safety beveller, adjustable groover. Craft knife, large darning needles, thread and a block of beeswax for pulling the thead through prior to sewing. wax not shown but from flytying shop or i got mine from my local dive center for £2.

Dyes etc from the local cobblers, and shoe polish

 

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My mate and i use a small dremil type drill for making the stitch holes, but a needle type as shown is just as good but longer time.

A sheath can be made in a day but will take about a week to dry when soaked and moulded then dyed and polished

My mate bought some stamps also and this is with the same basic tools. From Le Prevo in Newcastle

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This plain one on the belt i did with just a adjustable groover.

3mm veg tanned leather

 

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As Gin has mentioned,regarding Le Prevo. 1st class leathercraft suppliers who are a pleasure to deal with. If your not too far away then. Call in & they will answer all your questions. Prices are very good.

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Excellant craftmanship there gin , you should be well proud

 

Do you guys work from patterns for marking out sheafs and collars ?

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Note,- the tin of footware protector, is for spraying the inside of the sheath to waterproof it.

A tin of wax is shown but i've never used it, as shoe polish or dubbin is just as good on the outside.

Le Prevo do good sized off cuts at a reasonable price.

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Steve66

The stamped sheaths are made by my mate, we don't use patterns,- just wrap a bit of leather around the knife to get an idea of the length of leather needed, remembering you have the welt to go in (prevents the knife cutting the thread)

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Another set my mate has done. His leather work is as much an art as his knives.

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