Mini Review of ESQ-1 Vertical Belt Carry Sheath for Esquire/Palmer

Discussion in 'Joufuu Leathers' started by Warrior108, Jul 22, 2016.

  1. Warrior108

    Warrior108 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 24, 2012
    This is a quick mini review of Bud's new Esquire/Palmer vertical belt sheath from this past Tuesday's 7/19 sale. First of all, a big thanks to Bud for taking the request and finding time to put the new pattern together. THANKS Bud!!

    For general description / identification, it was listed as:
    ESQ-1, 6-7oz (scarred) leather, Ambidextrous carry, Medium Brown w/braided stitching, Vertical belt loop (fits: Esquire or Palmer)​

    For a little bit of background: Before I had an Esquire or a W.A. Surls Palmer, I got one of Allen's W.A. Surls Patch knives. The only JouFuu sheath at the time that would fit it was the Esquire/Palmer ISP, so I picked one up along the way. The Patch worked pretty well in the ISP for depth and retention. Even though it is a somewhat small knife, what I really wanted was a belt sheath for it. After some time, I bought a Palmer and an Esquire and felt it would be nice to have a belt carry option for these too. I placed a request for Bud in the Build Board, it seems he fit in some time to work on the new pattern and here we are.

    Initial observations, comments and pictures:
    • I don't think anything needs to be said regarding quality because it's top notch just like Bud's other ISP and Ambi sheaths that I own.
    • For vertical carry, the belt loop is exactly the same width as they are on Bud's other Ambi sheaths.
    • The Fiddleback Forge Esquire fits just great, as expected.
    • The W. A Surls Palmer will fit nicely but because the Palmer has more girth, I didn't insert it all the way into the sheath since I'm not ready to commit. (jeeeze, sounds like a date or something ... sorry, mind in the gutter)
    • The W. A Surls Patch fits just great, as I hoped.
    • The Fiddleback Forge Runt will also work too. I think this is just nice to have another carry option for the Runt.
    • Bud mentioned that it would work for horizontal carry with a 3/4" belt.
    • I have not done any type of carry with this sheath yet, simply because I'm still debating which knife model I want to carry in this sheath.

    Onto the pictures ....


    WAS Patch:

    WAS Patch Back Side of Sheath:

    Runt 1/8" SFT with a medium/standard width handle:

    Knife comparison picture (Top to bottom: Palmer, Esquire, Patch, Runt)
    Last edited: Aug 18, 2017
  2. bonafide

    bonafide Leather Sheathmaker, JouFuu Leathers Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jul 20, 2013
    Very nice. Thank you! You take excellent pictures btw.
  3. HabanoJim


    Feb 12, 2010
    Very nice Jerry, great review , definitely gives me food for thought related to our recent transaction??
  4. .357gus

    .357gus Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 30, 2011
    [emoji106]Nice! Congrats Jerry.

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  5. dedery


    Mar 11, 2015
    ESQ-1 also fits beautifully a Fiddleback Minnow.
  6. varga49


    May 1, 2016
    Nice review, especially since I just recently received my Esquire. Also this is my first chance to see a Palmer and I'm smitten...

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  7. Warrior108

    Warrior108 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 24, 2012
    Thanks All.

    As a followup, I've since gotten an Esq-1 in black and committed so that the black sheath is dedicated to the WA Surls Patch and the brown scarred sheath is dedicated to the WA Surls Palmer.


    The Palmer is definitely nice but I'll use it when something more concealable/friendly is needed. Personally, the Big Palmer fits my hand better for general EDC use. Allen uses the Big Palmer handle on several of his knives including the Inlander. Palmer, Big Palmer and Inlander shown below for size comparison.

    Last edited: Aug 18, 2017
  8. varga49


    May 1, 2016
    This is my first time seeing a Surls line up like that...really a very new person to all of these handmade knives I'd like to see more line ups like this. It gives me a better idea of sizes. Thanks again

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