Fun with knives....

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Today, I went sheath shoppin. First I had looked on eBay and found that SHEATHS are a thing of the past and no one keeps knives long enough to need a new sheath anyhow. So what that ALL sporting goods stores had em when we was kids! They ain’t gottem now! BUT…..one guy suggested that I try an “Army-Navy” store. So I did. They HAD one! Of course it had a cheap knife in it but that was one of my plans anyhow. Buy a crap knife with a good sheath and use the sheath for the old knife. (Smart, huh?) So that’s what I did. And the guy was so nice that he told me he did leather work and would take the sheath in the back room and move the rivet so it would fit perfectly. Ahhhhh….great! So he took it in back. Then he STAYED in the back. And finally he came out and said…………”GEE, I APOLOGIZE!!!

WHAT? Yes, he had made a hole in the retaining strap and then ….THEN….discovered he was OUT of rivets. Golly!!! But……he knew a shoe shop that had rivets so he called his “good buddy” and I dragged my butt over to the shoe shop. HAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Mr. Shoe-man said he could fix it good, but …………..NOT TODAY…………YAAAAAhaahahahahahaha!!!

Oh, no problem, Mr. Shoe-man…..ANY FRIKKIN TIME IS OKAY WITH ME……!!!!

Wheeeeeeee!!!!!!

:) :) :)
 
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Yes, I guess I did miss those. However I didn't criticize anyone for their choices.

;)
 
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Not criticizing, just feel sorry for all your running around, when the best solution was right here.
 
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Why would anyone want to buy a sheath? Easy enough to make one. Find a leather dealer and buy a piece or even go to a shop that makes medical braces and beg a piece of scrap leather. Go home and make a pattern out of poster paper that fits your knife and don't forget the belt loop that has to hold it to your belt. When you are satisfied with your pattern, take a dremel tool if you have one, else take an ice pick or awl and punch holes where you want to sew the thing together. You will need some waxed string and a couple of leather sewing needles. You can order all of this stuff from Tandy's Leather Company. Cut a piece of waxed string long enough (about 2 ft.) and fasten a needle on both ends. Then run a needle through the starting hole and pull the needles till they are equally distant from the hole. Then shove one needle through the next hole and then shove the other through the same hole from the other side. Do this until you have sewed the whole side up. You can get a snap seater and snaps from Tandy also and they are fairly cheap. You will use this to fasten the strap to sew it in. Dye it and you have a sheath. Borrow someones sheath or use one you already have and make one that works and looks like it. Of course this is for a fixed bladed knife. Easy enough to make one for a folder. Just wet the leather and form it around one side of the knife. Then sew the back side on allowing for a flap to come over and snap on the front of the sheath.
 
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nolan raborn said:
Find a leather dealer and buy a piece or even go to a shop that makes medical braces and beg a piece of scrap leather. Go home and make a pattern out of poster paper that fits your knife and don't forget the belt loop that has to hold it to your belt. When you are satisfied with your pattern, take a dremel tool if you have one, else take an ice pick or awl and punch holes where you want to sew the thing together. You will need some waxed string and a couple of leather sewing needles. You can order all of this stuff from Tandy's Leather Company. Cut a piece of waxed string long enough (about 2 ft.) and fasten a needle on both ends. Then run a needle through the starting hole and pull the needles till they are equally distant from the hole. Then shove one needle through the next hole and then shove the other through the same hole from the other side. Do this until you have sewed the whole side up. You can get a snap seater and snaps from Tandy also and they are fairly cheap. You will use this to fasten the strap to sew it in. Dye it and you have a sheath.
I think you just explained why someone would want to buy a sheath.

Same reason someone would want to buy a knife. Or buy food prepared by a professional chef instead of cooking.

Yeah, I could make my own sheath, and with practice I think I could make really great ones. But I work enough hours and am willing to spend some money to save me from more work. If I was going to make my own *everything*, I would have to ask for fewer hours each week at work, and would make less money. I'd rather buy a sheath from someone that has already practiced and already makes really great ones.

Not trying to give you a hard time. Your explanation will surely be very helpful to many people. But you asked "Why would anyone want to buy a sheath?", and that is a reason why. Your explaination of how to make a sheath just made me more sure that I'd rather buy one than go through all of that trouble to make one. Maybe it's just because I just got home from work and my back hurts... :D
 
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Well, the upshot of the whole affair was that I ended up with a great sheath in Cordura (so it won't rust the carbon steel blade) that fits perfectly along WITH a crummy Chinese knife that my wife can now use to open the kitty litter bag instead of using my Mcusta or Benchmade.

:D

And for 20 bucks.
 
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