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    leather or kydex sheath?


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    so.. ordered wood scales from jim62 few moments ago in marble cake english walnut. can't wait to see it.

    so now i'm thinking i would need a new sheath. this can wait till few months later. the sheath 16 comes with will serve for awhile. but i'm looking for something that will hang low.. some where below hip belt on my backpack.

    looking around, i found two different sites. one for the leather sheath, and other for the kydex sheath. i like them both.

    what are the pros and cons from leather and kydex sheaths? i don't know anything about sheath. mostly i carry folders with pocket clips. i keep readying that kydex sheath might dull the blade.. is that typical with most kydex sheath?

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    Kydex sheaths DO NOT dull the blade, the stock BK-2, 3 and 11/14 sheaths are made of glass filled nylon and as such the glass scratches and dulls the edge. My guess is that many people mistake GFN for kydex since it is similar in look and texture and then you know, get the misconception that kydex dulls the edge.

    I personally like kydex just for easy of cleaning and the fact that I can make a decent kydex sheath myself.

    Not had much experience with leather, sorry...

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    Kydex works very well and is extremely low-maintenance, but I'm a sucker for a nice leather sheath. Especially with some classy-lookin' scales...

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    I myself am a kydex fan. Easy to strap onto a belt or attach to a molle backpack. Very strong and sturdy. I highly reccomend them

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    Well I'm always a fan of a good leather sheath








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    skystorm,

    i have been to your site number of times recently lookig at the sheaths. very beautiful with high quality leathers.. little out of my reach on price.. but i still have few more months to decide.

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    Leather's got more class, kydex perhaps a bit better for utility, as it's not vulnerable to moisture and such. Leather's also likely to be more expensive. Sky's work is actually fairly affordable. Imagine what a Paul Long sheath might cost...
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    don't get me wrong. i think sky's work is top notch and he uses one of the best leathers out there. i looked at number of different makers' leather sheaths and if i go with leather it will be sky's work. not havig enough coin in my poket is nobody's fault, but mine. if i go with kydex, it will be godspeed. but i think with 16, i'll go with leather. if it's 17, it will be g10 scales and kydex. but i don't have enough coin right now and 16 will fit my need.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bullet08 View Post
    don't get me wrong. i think sky's work is top notch and he uses one of the best leathers out there. i looked at number of different makers' leather sheaths and if i go with leather it will be sky's work. not havig enough coin in my poket is nobody's fault, but mine. if i go with kydex, it will be godspeed. but i think with 16, i'll go with leather. if it's 17, it will be g10 scales and kydex. but i don't have enough coin right now and 16 will fit my need.
    Good choice. Gorgeous wood scales go well with leather, but they do not usually go well with kydex.(IMHO)
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    This is the same dang problem im having.

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    Moo beds for my blades all the way.

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    I am happy with my leather sheath.




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    leather

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    trdguykc,

    who's the maker of your sheath?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bullet08 View Post
    trdguykc,

    who's the maker of your sheath?
    That looks like an older sagewoodgear sheath.

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    I have kydex on both my beckers and it they may be the most practical, utilitarian sheaths I've used. Very, very strong. That being said, unless you're puting together a ninja outfit I think leather looks much nicer and is still an extremely practical and durable material.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bullet08 View Post
    trdguykc,

    who's the maker of your sheath?
    Quote Originally Posted by Eero View Post
    That looks like an older sagewoodgear sheath.
    Eero is correct. I purchased this one from Goose at BG Leatherworks which is now Sagewood. I did some looking around his site and it appears he still sells this "modular" sheath. Its known as the "randall" sheath on the site. You can add the pouch and the firesteel loop.

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