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Braiding a leather fob and installing a bead

Discussion in 'Sheaths & Such' started by Gary W. Graley, Oct 7, 2009.

  1. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    Some folks have asked just how this is done, well I found one little bit of scrap soft leather that I could make this little tutorial up with, our friend John M Cohea is sending me some soft leather, really appreciate that to John!

    A tip, you will need SOFT supple leather, not the kind you would normally use to make a sheath with, but something like deer skin, or Elk or Buffalo makes for a nice soft strong leather fob

    First you slice a piece of leather that will fit into the thong hole of the knife using a ruler to keep the piece from moving, slice one side straight and then slide the ruler back to the proper width and slide while pressing down firmly on the ruler to keep the leather from moving on you.

    Then slip the piece through the thong hole so you have equal parts on either side, take a sharp knife, I like the wharncliff for this for it's direct point and make two slits, each about as long as the leather is wide and spaced about that same distance apart, like this;

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    then push one end through that first hole

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    then pull the leather snug up to the knife, you want to make it so the fob won't slide around in front of the blade

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    with that up as tight as you want it to be, doesn't have to be tight tight, as you do want it to pivot a little bit, just not a big loop, then on the other side you will also cut in two slits, like you did on the previous piece;

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    and now we just alternate, insert the other leg into the newly made slit

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    and then put the other one through the other leg, part of that braiding thing...

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    until you end up with both 'good' or finished sides of the leather to the outside I then take and roll the braid between my thumb and index finger, rolling it to make it a bit smoother fitting

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    next post for the bead part, limit of 10 images per post...

    Edited to add this link to a paracord lanyard fob tutorial
     
    Last edited: Aug 3, 2018
  2. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    Found a box of beads in Walmart that had holes big enough to get the leather through, fairly inexpensive for the box of various colours

    Slide the bead onto the leather up past the braided section, cut a wedge of firm leather to put in between the two pieces

    NOTE: I've since found some RUBBERIZED CORK and use that, as it keeps it's memory better than compressing leather. In the posts below one fellow used regular sliced up sections of CORK and that should be easy to locate some.

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    insert the wedge up against where the braid ends and slide the bead down on top of that, pulling tight, not SUPER tight as it won't take much to wedge it on

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    ending up with the wedge like this;

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    The distance the bead is from the end of the handle is kinda important as you want to be able to hook the bead with your pinky to help draw the knife from the sheath, so depending on your hand size you will have to experiment with that distance.

    if you have an expensive bead, you might want to put a dot of glue on the leather wedge just to keep it from ever slipping free and losing that bead!

    That's it gang, hope it helps clear some things up,
    G2
     
    Last edited: Aug 30, 2014
  3. cdn_Bulldog

    cdn_Bulldog

    83
    Sep 3, 2008
    Great post, thank you!
     
  4. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    You're most welcome, with the wedge piece you will have to experiment with how wide a piece to use, as it depends on how big a hole is in the bead and how thick the leather is, so it's what I call the Goldie Locks thingy not too thick, not too thin, just right ;)
    G2
     
    Last edited: Aug 30, 2014
  5. Dusty One

    Dusty One Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 12, 2004
    Thanks for taking the time for this. Very well done....
     
  6. popedandy

    popedandy Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 8, 2006
    Thanks for the tutorial, Gary. Well done as always.
     
  7. hunterfisher808

    hunterfisher808 Basic Member Basic Member

    Dec 27, 2006
    Thanks G2! I always wondered how to do this one.
     
  8. Buffalohump

    Buffalohump

    Sep 7, 2006
    Thanks so much for sharing, G! :thumbup:
     
  9. WadeH

    WadeH

    875
    Apr 24, 2006
    Nice job Gary, you made it look like I could do it. :)
     
  10. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    Thanks guys and Wade, that's the idea, give it a try!
    G2
     
  11. DaveinNY

    DaveinNY

    735
    Oct 27, 2006
    Gotta give that a try, looks like a fun project, Thanks Gary

    Dave
     
  12. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    Great Dave, works nice and quite handy,
    G2
     
  13. Dixieblade57

    Dixieblade57

    Jun 20, 2007
    Very slick idea and great tutorial. Gary, I still say I think you do some of the nicest leather work I have ever seen, bar none! :thumbup:
     
  14. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    Thanks Dixie, on that one I left the wedge showing a little so you can see the results, you can trim it down a little bit but not too much as you don't want the bead going past the wedge.
    G2
     
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  15. cdn_Bulldog

    cdn_Bulldog

    83
    Sep 3, 2008
    Thanks for the tutorial!

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  16. Diomedes Industries

    Diomedes Industries Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 19, 2007
    G2,

    Man - you are tops! Your tutorials are always great and you have always taken the time to answer questions I had.

    Thanks man - you are class.

    TF
     
  17. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    Nice job Bulldog and you're both welcome ;)
    G2
     
  18. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    Someone was asking about this thread, bump it up for the new guys :)
    G2
     
  19. JTR357

    JTR357

    Sep 10, 2007
    Thanks for posting this.I've been wanting to do this for awhile,but never knew how.
     
  20. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    You're welcome John, one thing that isn't shown, just a cosmetic touch for me is I cut the very ends of the leather so they are at opposite angles and at the same length.
    G2

    Edited to add this photo of how I cut the tails of the leather, the left side is the top/good side the right is the underside of the leather, together the cut out looks like a V shape when spread apart...

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