[B]Full of sheath[/B]

Discussion in 'Busse Combat Knives' started by hotwriter, Jan 31, 2005.

  1. hotwriter


    Jun 7, 2004
    A knife sheath is really no big deal, right? It's the knife that counts, especially if it's a Busse. If that's what you think, I sympathize. I used to think that way, too. Then I did business with a fellow named Brian Wagner.

    Brian makes custom knife sheaths. He's one of several sheath makers recommended on Jerry Busse's website (www.bussecombat.com). I contacted Brian after purchasing a Busse Camo Badger. It's a gorgeous knife. It demands an equally good sheath. But my personal philosphy is that a combat knife ought not to be swaddled in a fancy sheath. Don't get me wrong. Brian makes fancy sheaths. But I was looking for something more basic: a plain black Kydex sheath with a Tek-Lok fastner. Nothing special.

    I had to send my knife to Brian, who lives in Nowheresville, Washington, an hour from the nearest UPS depot, so that he could custom-fit a sheath to my knife. Some folks are leary of sending their precious Busses to a total stranger. That's no problem with Brian. He's such a straight shooter that you instinctively trust him. And, since he's on Jerry's website, it gives him added crediblity.

    For a plain black Kydex sheath, Brian charges about $50. With shipping, handling, insurance, and such, the total price comes to $70 and change. Frankly, I thought that was a bit steep for a plain, black, no-frills Kydel sheath. But also I'm used to paying a premium for custom work, so I ate it. If the sheath was of commensurate quality to the knife, I wouldn't gripe.

    Well, today, after a three-week wait, the sheath (and my knife) arrived. If you order a plain black Kydex sheath, you can't exactly burst into song. I mean, a sheath is a sheath, right?

    Well, actually, no. When you hold a Busse knife, you can feel the quality. The same is true of a Brian Wagner sheath. It goes with a Busse knife like a hand fits into a fine-qualty leather glove.

    For starters, like a Busse knife itself, a Brian Wagner sheath is built like a tank. The Kydex is good and thick, and of course it's molded to the knife. Holding the sheathed knife in your hand is like holding the unsheathed knife in your hand: either way, you feel the quality craftsmanship.

    The Kydex Brian uses feels to me thicker than that used in off-the-shelf sheaths. The Tek-Lok screwed onto the sheath with Philips screws is designed to thread through a one-and-a-half-inch belt with no additional hardware. A few twists of a screwdriver and the Tek-Lok mount can be repositioned to position the knife in a canted position of about 45 degrees.

    The sheath also contains seven eye holes for lashing upside down to military or backpack webbing.

    But, heck, none of this justifies the overall $70 price. There is only one thing, ultimately, that does: This is a sheath that feels like it's good enough to hold a Busse knife. Even in plain black Kydex, it exudes quality craftsmanship.

    On top of that, Brian is easy to work with. He communicates well. He is as honest as the day is long. When you send your precious knife to Brian, you don't lose a wink of sleep. You know it's in good hands.

    Will Brian only sheath busse knives? Heck, no. Brian has a motto: "If you send it, I'll sheath it." Even so, it would be a pity to send a knife for a sheath of this quality if it didn't bear the name Busse, Strider, Mad Dog, or something of similar quality. Anything less would be overkill. But knives bearing such distinguished names--and high price tags--will find the home they deserve.

    Brian has a website to give you an idea of the range of sheaths he can make. The address is www.okuden.net. If you just want a cheap sheath for your high-quality knife, look elsewhere. But if you seek a custom-fitted sheath that feels--and is--as good as the knife it contains, you've come to the right place.
  2. shanewomer

    shanewomer BOUNCED EMAIL: I need to update my email address in my profile!

    Sep 3, 2004
    I agree, the sheath is a very important part of a knife.

    Now give us some pics!
  3. voracious


    Feb 9, 2004
    congrats hotwriter!
    bri (oku) is a really cool guy as well as a great sheathmaker.! i got to meet and hang with him last year, as did some of you other hogs, and i have a piss-pot full of his sheaths!
    brian is a stand up guy and is one of the very few people i'd send any knife to without hesitation!
  4. randucci

    randucci Flipper folder collector Platinum Member

    Oct 10, 2002
    I too have had several dealings with Brian, in fact, I have had him make all of my kydex sheaths (I have lost count, but at least 10 - 12) and every one was perfect, no ragged unsanded edges or loose fits. I do have on advantage over most of you though, he only lives about 30 miles away, so I deliver him my knives in person at the monthly local gun show or make a special trip during the week. You can truly trust him to give the best quality kydex sheath and care of your knife (a little brown nosing doesn't hurt, I have a sheath for my Meaner Street to pickup this weekend and drop a few off).
  5. Progunner


    Oct 22, 2001
    Oku is a class act all the way around. I am glad you found your way to him and are spreading the word.
  6. Kalimalena


    Jan 1, 2004
    Brian sheath's all my knives!... he's one heck of a nice guy and an all around class act!... Love the way his sheath goes.... click!... in a steathy sort of way....:D A true craftsman.... Nice post!
  7. Josh Muller

    Josh Muller

    Jun 22, 2003

    i also beleive that having a knife sheath break on you an be highly dangerous
    note the reinforced lower half, and the additional size tape strapping :D

    (i just havent gotten around to makeing kydex for it :rolleyes: )

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  8. Kalimalena


    Jan 1, 2004
    Hey that's a nice sheath too.... :eek: Colors and tape make it kinda stealthy looking.... :D
  9. RokJok


    Oct 6, 2000
    You have now entered the "Okuden Zone". :cool: You will never look at either a sheath or a sheathmaker the same way again. You have been ruined for life. Having held in your hand the Gold Standard of kydex, all others will pale in comparison. In dealing with Brian, you have met the kind of businessman we lament as being these days so incredibly rare. A man whose word is still his bond, whose integrity is beyond question, and whose friendship is beyond price.
  10. deejay63


    Oct 18, 2002
    Hey, how about some pics of the knife and sheath !
  11. voracious


    Feb 9, 2004
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  12. MikeH


    Oct 18, 2001
    When my brain-damaged daughter Kim was inducted as a hoggette and presented with a special SH-E, a few weeks later a sheath for it from
    Brian arrived by mail.
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  13. PeteyTwoPointOne

    PeteyTwoPointOne Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 10, 2014
    Can't complain about reviving a decades old thread when it's got a feel-good story like that attached! :)

    Is his books still open after all these years...and...

    AIN'T it time fer sum PICS in here already after all these years gone by?!?!!

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