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leather or kydex sheath?

Discussion in 'Becker Knife & Tool' started by bullet08, Sep 8, 2012.

  1. bullet08


    Apr 22, 2011
    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?
  2. CamH_16


    Feb 5, 2012
    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...
  3. timberweasel


    Jan 5, 2011
    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... :thumbup:
  4. Translash

    Translash Doing evil things... Platinum Member

    Jan 18, 2011
    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
  5. Skystorm

    Skystorm A Cow Flayin' Sheath Making Angry Gnome Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 17, 2011
    Well I'm always a fan of a good leather sheath :D



  6. bullet08


    Apr 22, 2011

    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.
  7. crimsonfalcon07


    Dec 27, 2010
    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...
  8. bullet08


    Apr 22, 2011
    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.
  9. JustAFleshWound


    Jan 10, 2012
    Good choice.:thumbup: Gorgeous wood scales go well with leather, but they do not usually go well with kydex.(IMHO)
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2012
  10. Sam Hell

    Sam Hell

    Jan 7, 2012
    This is the same dang problem im having. [​IMG]
  11. Carlos Oak

    Carlos Oak

    Jul 3, 2012
    Moo beds for my blades all the way.
  12. trdguykc


    May 18, 2011
    I am happy with my leather sheath.


  13. Poop Fungus

    Poop Fungus Banned BANNED

    Sep 13, 2012
    leather :thumbup:
  14. bullet08


    Apr 22, 2011

    who's the maker of your sheath?
  15. Eero


    May 6, 2012
    That looks like an older sagewoodgear sheath.


    Jun 14, 2012
    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.
  17. trdguykc


    May 18, 2011
    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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