Making Knife Case?


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theboyscout
January 10, 2013, 04:19 PM
I have been hunting and I want to make a knife case to hold a straight blade I own out of raccoon or squirrel my questions are:

Is their a trick in how to make this case so the blade does not cut the case when I put in or pull out the knife?

I also have a knife in which its handle is becoming a little loose how do I tighten that up so not to wiggle?

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rcmodel
January 10, 2013, 04:35 PM
Knife sheath?

Yes, it is called a welt.
Which is a thicker piece of leather sewed between the two sides the sharp edge touches.

But raccoon or squirrel skin are not nearly thick enough leather to make a safe knife sheath.

You would do well to make the sheath out of heavier 6-8 oz cowhide.
Then cover it with the thin skin.

You could also use strategically placed rivets around the edge to prevent the blade cutting through the stitching.
http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j219/rcmodel/Knives/TheaterKnives.jpg

But regardless of all that, raccoon or squirrel skin is much too thin to make a safe knife sheath unless you line it with heavier leather.


Loose handle?
I would have to know what kind of handle it is to tell you how it might possibly be tightened.

rc

Zeke/PA
January 10, 2013, 05:53 PM
I make sheaths out of 9 OZ. Cowhide and install a "welt" between TWO thicknesses of the same on the "stiched" side of the sheath.
If this "welt" is made wide enough, no rivets are needed.
In my knife making days, I coppied the Full Tang knives of the late Bob Loveless and also his "pouch type" sheath.
Bob dipped his sheaths in hot wax prior to oiling but this is an option as a Neatsfoot Oil soak works well.

hso
January 11, 2013, 01:41 AM
Or you could make sheath out of wood and cover with the pelt.

theboyscout
January 11, 2013, 01:55 PM
can that thick leather be sew by hand
do I need a machine to sew?
here do you get your leather?
where do you get rivets strong enough for that leather and how do you put rivets in?

IM NEW TO THIS SO ALL HELP IS APPRICIATED

rcmodel
January 11, 2013, 01:59 PM
http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=358100&highlight=sewing+leather

rc

Zeke/PA
January 12, 2013, 07:44 AM
That thread pretty much sums it up.
Google Tandy Leather for on line supplies.
At One time Tandy had a retail store not far from my home and it made things easier.

Double_J
January 12, 2013, 07:04 PM
I agree with the above, go to tandy and purchase a sheath kit, sewing kit, dye/finish, and a shoulder of leather and have fun. I would use the pelts as a top covering to the cow hide leather.

JTW Jr.
January 15, 2013, 01:09 AM
Using basic tools you can make your own.
I used an awl , stitch layout wheel, razor knife and contact cement , stitching is done with 2 needles and Barbours 5 strand sinew.....lots of time and patience in doing 2 needle saddle stitch.

http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/ii89/VegasHenchman/MyKnives/Knife_20091202_0420.jpg

http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/ii89/VegasHenchman/MyKnives/Knife_20091202_0472.jpg

http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/ii89/VegasHenchman/MyKnives/Knife_20091202_0433.jpg

http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/ii89/VegasHenchman/MyKnives/IMG_0094x.jpg

check here: http://www.knivesby.com/knifemaking.html

scroll down to sheath section.

rcmodel
January 15, 2013, 01:13 AM
Very very nice work!!

Now lets see your Coon & Squirrel skin ones the OP ask about doing! :D

rc

JTW Jr.
January 15, 2013, 01:43 AM
I am trying to find some images of some other "skins" I have done but think those are one of my 4 external drives.... I have done them the same as above , but prefer to contact cement the skin to the formed leather and then stitch.

Concepts are the same though....minimal tools :)

Look up John Cohea...his work as well as Chuck Burrows is excellent. The Chuck Burrows DVD was worth every penny I spent x 100.

rcmodel
January 15, 2013, 01:46 AM
but prefer to contact cement the skin to the formed leather and then stitch.Thats about what I told him in post #2.

But I think he lost interest already!

rc

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