Great post Paul and exactly the type of observation and discussion I had in mind when I started this thread .
Originally Posted by sheathmaker
Your experience making sheaths sets you apart from most here , so your views hold a lot of weight .
Even though I don't make fixed blade sheaths and what I do put together are at the other extreme of design from yours , I've really listened to and taken on the advice you give out here .
For example double siding my leather by gluing to thinner pieces together like you suggested in a reply to one of my questions once really changed my sheath making
Your post above covers most of the things I was going to mention , so you have taken the wind out of my sails a bit
I have over the last couple of years really moved into chasing performance over aesthetics ( please don't get me wrong , looks are very important , but never at the cost of performance ) and for those reasons double siding or lining a sheath does have performance benefits exactly as you mention .
Lately in my never ending quest to simplify I've moved over to just about exclusively making Roughout sheaths . Performance wise they meet my requirements in the most minimalistic way and one of the biggest byproducts of Roughout is you get an instant lined sheath which no one ever really mentions .
I'm interested to here you think their is less abrasive wear on the knife when it's in contact with the smooth side of the leather . My brain says that this must be the chase , but I have no evidence really to back up that idea and I suppose that was some of the reason for this thread to see if others think that a lined sheath protects and performs better .
A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add , but when there is nothing left to take away
Antoine de Saint-Exupery