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So this'll be the first time I've done the whole project, including the Kydex bending...
More utilitarian than fancy.

The RAT-9 belongs to a Deputy who will be using it for "Pot Chopping," along with other stuff.

Here it is; hot out of the press:

R9-Mold.jpg


Next is to sew up a pouch for it...

Cut and fold the Cordura for double-thickness, mark for sewing the corners:

R9-Cordura.jpg


Corners sewn:

R9-Corner.jpg


Pouch sewn:

R9-Sewn.jpg


Trimmed to final shape:

R9-Trimmed.jpg


Edging tape is folded and sewn on. I’ve found an empty mink oil tub, with a slot cut in the side
works nicely as an edging dispenser of sorts:

R9-Edging.jpg


Finished pouch, and the Kydex marked for cutting:

R9-Pouch.jpg


Next cutting and sanding the Kydex, and final assembly…
Need to sort out attachment points, as I think he wants it behind a drop-holser...

More later.
 
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Great process, River-8, I enjoy the nature of your work. :thumbup::)
It will be interesting to see how this turns out, it sounds like it might be a little different than your others.
 

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So far so good! Thanks for the step by step! :D :D
 
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Ok; so here's the cutting, the band saw is the ONLY way to go - I say this because of
all the cutting I've done by hand :eek: ...

Four rivets index the two sides, they're what will hold the pouch on...

R9-BandSaw.jpg


All cut, and finished with a bench grinder, and sandpaper. The holster to which the sheath
will have to attach is in the back, I've put a "D" ring as an attachment point.

The brass ring at the top serves as a pivot-point for the belt-loop

R9-ToAssemble.jpg


Here's the final assembled sheath.

R9-Finished.jpg


... and attached to the holster, the 5/8" strap with the ladder-buckle is used to loop through the "D" ring.

R9-SheathHolster.jpg


The back view show the 5/8" strap and side-release buckle that hold one of the leg straps.
The leg strap on the sheath was located so that it is above the holster.

R9-HolsterBack.jpg


Whew... glad THAT'S over :eek: !!

Cheers,
8
 
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Super nice job River-8, I really like the way that turned out! Form and function to boot! :thumbup::thumbup:
 
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Nice tutorial... And job. I think I would have skipped the fastex buckle on the upper leg strap though. Just a length of webbing would have sufficed and been lower profile.
 
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I believe the idea behind the buckle is convenient, no need to un-buckle your belt to put on the rig, just pull the buckle thru and attach! :thumbup:
 
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Yup; more convenient, and it also provides a tighter "fit."
Having a simple (and I do like simple!) loop large enough to accomodate the buckle would
have allowed considerable floppage...!!

BTW: Where in Washington Bushflyr?

Cheers,
8
 
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Thanks for the process and the pics River-8, I really like your work. The pot-choppers have been busy this year, what with the record busts on DRM, NPS, and Yakima vineyards.
 
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hey River can you email or pm me on if you can make a sheath like that for a Camp Tramp? thanks
 
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Ivan,

PM sent (I hope!), if not shoot me an e-mail at: graphics "at" gorge.net.

How far are you from the Vancouver, WA area?

Cheers,
8
 
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