You might find these threads helpful.
http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=394091 -- Sheath leather
http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=394091 -- Leather quality
I have made some leather sheaths, however these weren't made from vegtable tanned leather and I think that's what most folks expect when they get a sheath and I think it probably makes a better sheath.
Since I need to make some out of vegtable tanned leather. I figured it would be wise to ask a few questions. I have learned it's better to buy in large quantity as long as you know what you are buying since my knowledge is not at the top of my game in vegtable tanned leather, I thought I would ask a few questions!
What is a good reputable dealer to buy vegtable tanned leather from?
When buying vegtable tanned leather for sheaths what weight do you recommend to buy?
What do you usally buy, belly, sides, or something else?
I appreciate any info you can share with me on this subject!
Thanks, the info is very helpful especially about the where to buy! I still could use a little more info as to the thickness to use. Both of those link were the same and there wasn't alot of discussion as to thickness!
Last edited by Dixieblade57; 11-24-2008 at 03:23 PM.
When buying your leather look for shoulders or backs.Sides can be used but only the upper portion is good for sheaths.Stay away from bellies, way too stretchy to be much good.
As far as weights, this can vary from maker to maker, but generally 4-5 oz.for small folders, 7-8 oz for sheaths up to about 8", then 9-10 oz for bigger sheaths.Hope this helps.Dave
I agree with DC and can add nothing to that.
Thanks for all the great info. I now have sevral new sites added to my favorites list!
Wickett & Craig---period!!!
As my good old buddy, Swivelknife says, Wickett and Craig is my first choice and has been for about three years now. I will admit they are better if you are a volume user, but they are great for the smaller orders also. I buy strictly sides in skirting and have them split to whatever weight I want. I am currently using four of their colors (russet, chestnut, brown and black) and I buy split 7/8 and 2/3 mostly with an occasional 8/10 thrown into the mix. they split free of charge and generally there's enough good leather in the belly to handle welts and that kind of stuff so the waste is not bad at all. They do have shoulders and backs in things other than skirting.
Wickett and Craig sounds good but, hey I don't have the cash flow to buy 10 sides at a time. You said they split for free. Please explain exactly what you mean.
When I think of splitting leather I think of making it thinner, is that what you mean?
Next question what exactly do you use the the split leather for?
Edging and such, now if I could specify that I wanted several cuts 3/4" wide and split in thicknes for edging then we might be talking turkey!
Please feel free to enlighten me I might reconsider my opinion on buying there. Still not sur how I could afford to buy 10 sides at a time but the extras might entice me!
Dixie, W/C will sell one of anything they carry just as quickly as they sell 10 or 20 or more. Most of my orders are for four sides or less and that it because I use several of their colors. My annual usage this year will be the greatest it's ever been and I have taken delivery on 36 sides, but all the orders were for relatively small quantities. If you call, talk to Glen Proud at extension 222. He is great to work with.
All their skirting leather starts out at least 8/10 ounce. I use mostly 7/8 and 2/3 so I take advantage of their no charge splitting service to get down to the weights I use the most. They keep the split and I imagine sell it to partially defray their expense. Splits generally sell for a dollar or two a square foot, but since there is no top grain the uses are limited.
Dixie...I always buy just one side at a time from W&C, and I always ask for 8-10oz. I find it good for other projects I do besides knife sheaths.
Thanks for the info, cleared up some things I was sorta fuzzy about. I will more than likely order from them then. Maybe one day I can generate enough business to afford to order ten at a time. Right now I am just not building that many knives!
This is what I mean by edging,
This is a another thread on sheaths and such, the knife and sheath are displayed by, Hmathews!
The edge of the sheath is done with a cap strip or edging as I call it. That my not be proper term but that's what I always called it. Anyway I have made sheaths similarly and used an edging it has to be thined down enough to where it is easy to form and follow the edge of the sheath.
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