Sheath Forum?

Discussion in 'Tech Support, General Q&A, Site Feedback & More' started by TIZWIN, Nov 15, 2007.

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    TIZWIN Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Aug 23, 2006
    Have you folks ever considered adding a sheath sub-forum to this wonderful site? I think you'd have plenty of interest.

    Perhaps you could call it, "Leather and Kydex" or something like that. It would be a place for sheathmakers to swap shop talk, and sheath buyers to solicit information.
  2. IH8U


    Mar 6, 2007
    I 2nd that. I'm always looking for sheath sites and how to's via gugal. I just also bought some hide scraps that turned out to be useless due to chrome tanned and not vegi tanned.
    Live and learn I suppose.
  3. tarmix101


    Jun 14, 2005
    Not a bad idea. Guys like Eric (aka Normark) at On Scene Tactical would be a huge benefit there.

    Edited to add..... we also might be able to bring in companies like JRE Industries. Just a thought?????
  4. leatherman

    leatherman leathermoderator Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Nov 30, 2001
    I tried hard a couple of years ago to get one going. :( I would love to see one started, sheath threads get lost all over this huge site, would be nice to see them consolodated in one area.
  5. Spark

    Spark HPIC - Hatas gonna Hate Staff Member Administrator Super Mod Moderator

    Oct 2, 1998
    The problem with a "sheath" forum is sustainable traffic. It's possible that a Kydex & Leather & Whatever style forum could work, but there aren't a lot of discussions going around that are sheath centric - and there aren't even that many aftermarket production sheaths out there. Custom sheaths are just that, custom on an individual basis.

    TIZWIN Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Aug 23, 2006
    I understand and I appreciate the response, Spark. Thank you once again for this wonderful forum.

    Chuck Clark
    Hampden, Maine


    Aug 24, 2006
    Huffing and bending keeps getting more and more popular. But if the traffic isn't there I guess it would be a waste of resources.

    One interesting option would be to allow for a sheathmaker membership, in place of the knifemaker membership that sheathmakers now buy in order to do business here.

    Maybe a couple of sheathmakers could get together and share the cost of a premium knifemakers membership and pay to have their own boards.

    I like spaghetti, you throw it at the wall and see if it sticks.
  8. Cougar Allen

    Cougar Allen Buccaneer (ret.) Gold Member

    Oct 9, 1998
    Sheathmakers get a Platinum Membership and that enables them to give themselves a custom user title, Sheathmaker or their business name or whatever they want.

    As traffic grows I think it won't be too long before there's enough talk about sheaths to split it off into a separate forum -- maybe in a year.... For now, people talk about buying sheaths in General and in the brand forums, and talk about making their own in Maintenance, Tinkering & Embellishment and in Shop Talk.
  9. Bufford

    Bufford Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 13, 2006
    A sheath forum may have merit. Unless it is a pocket knife most knives; fixed blades, large folders, neck knives and such need a sheath of some sort. Sheaths can be as important as the knive when it comes to draw, carry and comfort. A good sheath can make a big difference whether the knife is going to be carried and use, or lay around in drawer and forgotten.
  10. Bernoulli


    Jun 15, 2007
    I'd like to see one; but maybe it's because I have several sheath projects to do, and haven't researched the skills and materials I'll need yet.
  11. mfaster7


    Sep 9, 2006
    If there was a sheath forum I would be on it all the time. It is a great idea.
    DO IT!!!!
  12. Esav Benyamin

    Esav Benyamin MidniteSuperMod

    Apr 6, 2000
    The best way to get a sheath forum is to show the traffic to justify it. But it's hard to develop that traffic when sheath questions are all over the place.

    Gadgets & Gear would be a good place to post about sheaths, being gear for knives and other equipment we carry. Besides, it's not very busy anyway. Once we start seeing questions and answers there regularly, we'll also see sheathmakers find it worthwhile to post advice and tutorials -- which will encourage more traffic.

    So for those who want a Sheath Forum, start now by encouraging questions in G&G, and when you see them elsewhere, ask the poster to take his question there.
  13. Cougar Allen

    Cougar Allen Buccaneer (ret.) Gold Member

    Oct 9, 1998
    We are currently discussing sheaths in General Blade Discussion! Please do not try to move that discussion to another forum, especially not Gadgets & Gear which is for stuff other than knives.

    I've been seeing a lot of posts about sheaths in General Blade Discussion. Maybe we're getting to the point where it could make sense to split that off into a new forum.
  14. leatherman

    leatherman leathermoderator Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Nov 30, 2001
    Its amazing how fast a post can vanish off the first page in the general forum. I get PM's from my customers telling me about a question that a member has that I can answer and it takes some serious looking. Between shop talk, general, tinkering and embelishment, and the various manufacture's us sheathmakers have our work cut out for us.

    I do enjoy helping out a new crafter, but sometimes its difficult to follow them around. Its more for the new crafters than it is for the pro's to show off, it would be nice if they had a place to ask questions and get feedback. :)

    I'm excited to see this being discussed again! Sweet! :D
  15. Texas Slim

    Texas Slim

    Feb 12, 2007
    I'm all for it. Even a sub-category would be better than trying to find all the various threads. I've had several knife makers ask me to make sheathes for them after posting some of my work, so there's clearly a need.
  16. nick681

    nick681 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 22, 1999
    I think Dwayne hit the nail right on the head. :D

    I for one would really like to see a sub forum dedicated to sheaths. I know of three different knife forums that have sheath sub forums and they mostly serve the purpose Dwayne outlined. They get a decent amount to traffic. Since Blade Fourms has a larger membership than these other forums I think a sheath subforum would do well.

    Just my two cents.


  17. Cougar Allen

    Cougar Allen Buccaneer (ret.) Gold Member

    Oct 9, 1998
    Spark, now you're back from SHOT, I think it's time to set up a Sheath Forum. We're getting posts about sheaths every day in General Blade Discussion, so a Sheath Forum will be viable. :thumbup:
  18. leatherman

    leatherman leathermoderator Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Nov 30, 2001
    Now I'm getting giddy!!! :D :D :D
  19. Esav Benyamin

    Esav Benyamin MidniteSuperMod

    Apr 6, 2000
    Still sniffing that glue, are ya? :D
  20. 308sniper


    Jan 6, 2007
    I would like to see a Sheath Forum. I'm always looking for info on new sheaths, old sheaths, kydex and nylon.
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