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I got carried away with sheath making

Discussion in 'Busse Combat Knives' started by evlDan, May 21, 2016.

  1. evlDan


    Jan 5, 2016
    After O2W started I got the idea that with all the blades coming out I could save some money by making my own sheaths. With guns and knives already being some of my biggest hobbies it only seemed like a natural extension. It started out small with just a drill and my oven, but after some sub par results I kept adding to the tools. I also found out I rather enjoy the hobby and I'm a bit of a perfectionist.

    In the amount of tools and equipment I've acquired all hope of savings has been thrown out the window. Not only did I spend way more then I would have if I had just bought some sheaths I've realized just how much skill it takes to make a quality sheath.
    If you ever get a similar idea I recommend against it unless you are looking for a new hobby. You can make a functional sheath without spending much money, but to produce something truly professional it takes some money (at least for me it did).
    Last edited: May 22, 2016
  2. darkaether


    Dec 23, 2006
    Awesome. I bet you will come out ahead eventually, and it doesn't get any more custom than making something yourself
  3. evlDan


    Jan 5, 2016
    I do have 8 more on order so it might be possible but I just invested in a heat press to get away from monopolizing my wife's kitchen on the weekends.
  4. willard0341

    willard0341 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 18, 2013
    Time and money well spent
  5. kdstrick


    May 27, 2007
    I've been doing it for many years. Buying Busse got me into kydex. It's a really fun hobby and has saved me a fortune in the long run. Mine are all serviceable, and some pretty good. Still, my stuff will never compare to the kydex artist that Dave Brown is... Dude is the Yoda of kydex (or Vader... hmmm). Likely you will not either.

    But you're investment will pay off in te long run. Don't kid yourself by thinking that you are done with the Busse and kin you own now.... it doesn't work that way. ;)

  6. tinfoil hat timmy

    tinfoil hat timmy Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 21, 2014
    I'd rather have the tool and not need it than need the tool and not have it......
  7. PeteyTwoPointOne

    PeteyTwoPointOne Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 10, 2014
    I bet she didn't love the smell of kydex in the morning....smells like DIVORCE! :eek:
  8. J_mcrane


    Dec 7, 2013
    So... Can I put in my order now for a new sheath????[emoji3][emoji3][emoji3]

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  9. dericdesmond

    dericdesmond Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 10, 2007
    Nice! Ive been at it for apx 5 years now and you have a nicer set up then me. Check out this awesome drill press lol[​IMG]

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  10. AValenz

    AValenz Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 17, 2011
    Great stuff bud!!!! Now let's see some finished product pictures
  11. The Hobbiest

    The Hobbiest

    Mar 17, 2016
    Maybe you did get carried away with sheath making but perhaps you'll be financially carried by sheath making. Either way I hope you are enjoying yourself and best of luck to you!
  12. evlDan


    Jan 5, 2016
    As requested a couple of pictures, I'm using .093 Kydex so the definition isn't as good compared to the thinner stocks.
    Its still very much a work in progress overall. I now know why an AK sheath costs so much more money, talk about work.
  13. messer454


    Oct 2, 2006
    I came to absolutely the same conclusion before I bought quite that much stuff. I realized for me the only reason to make them was because I did not want to wait or send my knife away.
  14. David Brown

    David Brown Kydex Sheath and Holster Artist :) Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jun 4, 2001
    Looking Great.

  15. evlDan


    Jan 5, 2016
    Thanks Dave, I only aspire to reach your level of ability one day but will probably never come close to achieving it.

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