Introducing the Cyborg Series sheaths

Discussion in 'Busse Combat Knives' started by cpirtle, Jan 29, 2018.

  1. argyle1812

    argyle1812 Gold Member Gold Member

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    Mar 6, 2016
    Very cool looking design. What are the advantages over a traditional full leather sheath?
     
  2. RayseM

    RayseM Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 18, 2010
    From the MAKER - "I feel the end result is is a sheath that has the retention & draw benefits of Kydex along with the warmth, comfort and wear qualities of leather."

    And they are PIRTLEY too :cool:
    'nuff said.

    Ray
     
  3. PA Trout

    PA Trout Gold Member Gold Member

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    Apr 6, 2015
    Innovation meets form, function, and beauty!!!
     
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  4. littlehoot

    littlehoot Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 7, 2015
    Nice!
     
  5. jsnell

    jsnell

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    Jul 20, 2015
    Beautiful brother.
     
  6. Aias

    Aias

    Aug 1, 2012
    Posted these in a different thread, but they should be here too. Chad is an excellent craftsman and a great guy; this sheath is absolutely amazing. He made it to hang low and added a 'lamda' per my request to pay tribute to my Greek heritage (there's a Spartan line in my family). Besides doing excellent work, we exchanged over 70 emails, filled with friendly conversation.

    Here are a couple of hasty (and thus crappy) cellphone pics in my kitchen:

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  7. clampdaddy

    clampdaddy Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 31, 2013
    Wow! Those are awesome!
     
  8. Leonardo63

    Leonardo63 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 24, 2017
    Great snag Aias! Looks amazing, and glad you put the story behind the mark.

    So Chad, you need an apprentice bro! I hope your little girl takes it up, that would be awesome! .... so when does she graduate again? LOLO!! :p:p
     
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  9. Hard Knocks

    Hard Knocks Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 1, 2012
    Son of a gun those look good Chad! I love leather sheaths, but I hate retaining straps that inevitably get cut. I think you just solved my problem brother :thumbsup: Cheers!
     
  10. Aias

    Aias

    Aug 1, 2012
    Thanks man--Chad did an amazing job.
     
  11. Private Klink

    Private Klink Gold Member Gold Member

    May 30, 2017
    Those are VERY nice!:cool::thumbsup:
     
  12. Jerry Busse

    Jerry Busse Moderator Moderator

    Aug 20, 1999
    Holy Oinkin' YOWZA!!!!

    Amazing!!!

    Congrats my friend!!!

    Jerry


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  13. Wow! Those look awesome!!!
     
  14. RobStanley

    RobStanley Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Dec 27, 2006
    Very nice work man.
     
  15. AZTimT

    AZTimT The Stripetition Finish Guy

    Oct 15, 2009
    If I am seeing things right, it looks like you have the option to remove the kydex portion to have just a leather sheath if you wanted to?
    Either way that is a very good looking design! :)
     
  16. cpirtle

    cpirtle Leathercrafter Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 28, 2001
    Wow, thanks everyone for the overwhelming response!

    Just to answer some of the questions..

    "Can you do some with kydex on the (back) for modular belt attachment options?"
    Yes, I am currently playing with some options like this as well as options for interchanging carry methods like a paddle option for quick on/off. Currently all leather sheaths can be set up to support systems like a Tek-Lok or Molle-Lok using embedded T-nuts. I have an order in process now that will be able to change from drop loop Baldric carry to Tek-Lok carry by removing two screws.

    "I foresee a substantial modification of my scout carry sheath..."
    My offer still stands to remake your sheath since your knife was reground, just get it all boxed up and send it along, we'll work out the details brother!

    "What are the advantages over a traditional full leather sheath?"
    I think this is a completely reasonable question to ask. The main advantage is, as others have pointed out, more retention. Anyone who has one of my fully molded leather models knows they have pretty good retention as it is. The Cyborg option would be for those who want near full kydex retention but don't want a strap. I don't like keeper straps but in some cases they are a necessary evil when working with leather, my goal is to minimize the need for them whenever possible.

    Beyond that and more superficially, they are a more aggressive look and allow for additional levels of creativity and innovation. Look at the incredible work Dave Brown is doing with Kydex and taking it to the next level with laser engraving, zombie skins, tattoos and general kickassery. I think leather needs more of that innovation.

    Ultimately it's about what people like and want to buy, I have no plans to stop making my regular all leather sheaths, this is just another option. My company motto is "Not your grandfathers leather" and I plan to keep that in the forefront whenever I develop new gear.

    "Besides doing excellent work, we exchanged over 70 emails, filled with friendly conversation."

    Aias, it was a pleasure working with you and I'm glad you are happy with the outcome. I really appreciate you taking a leap of faith on this build when all I had to give you was a description of what I had in mind.

    "I hope your little girl takes it up, that would be awesome! .... so when does she graduate again? LOLO!! :p:p"

    Hah! She just turned 4 in October but already has a healthy love and respect for knives.. and a critical eye for what she likes and doesn't like. It's become a fun exercise to get her opinion when something new arrives. She is welcome to start learning whenever she is ready, polishing edges sounds like a good start :)

    "If I am seeing things right, it looks like you have the option to remove the kydex portion to have just a leather sheath if you wanted to?"

    Yes, you could do that, but on smaller blades you would want to add a retention strap. These are wet molded like all of my sheaths but do not have leather up on the scales for full retention.


    Thanks again everyone, truly appreciate the continued support. I've been guarded against mentioning it in a public forum but plans are in the works to go full time this fall.. we shall see :)
     

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