Sheath hardening

Discussion in 'Sheaths & Such' started by forgedblades, Feb 26, 2010.

  1. Wolfjohn


    May 16, 2002
    Never had any issues with the leather getting overly dried out, of course the soaking is only for a short time (minute or so). I know a few guys who do it on their custom holsters also.
  2. Milt


    Nov 16, 2008
    Dye it, then apply Tan Kote. Buff it with a wool sock. Hard and shiny.

  3. rayban


    Apr 14, 2007
    I'm with you, with just the process of wet molding, dying, etc.....the leather is as hard as I need it to be.....but I've seen the bees wax method, and it's definitely another level of hardness, but IMO, just doesn't have the natural leather feel to it anymore.
  4. HoosierQ


    Feb 9, 2010
    Sno-Seal does the ticket. It does not work as well for holsters because it is sticky and once I made a holster a little too tight and my gun was glued in :eek:. Not a problem with knives.
  5. Winegums


    Jun 13, 2013
    70% isopropyl alcohol will harden leather nicely. It makes it nice and pliable for a few minutes and will slowly lose flexibility until it's dry. The more you soak the leather the harder it will become. It ends up stiff enough to make a sharp sound with your finger nail when tapped, rather than the dull thud on soft leather.

    As a warning, it will darken the leather several shades with the darker parts being harder than the lighter parts.
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  6. John A. Larsen

    John A. Larsen

    Jan 15, 2001
    Wayne Goddard told me he used a mixture of bees wax and needsfoot oil, 60/40? not sure of the exact ratio. I had a hard time finding enough bees wax, finally ran into a taxidermist who sold me some and I mixed up a batch. Way too much and it dried to a wax consistency. When I need it I take some and melt it in a double boiler and spread it on to the sheath and work it in. I have several sheaths I did this to 15 to 20 years ago and have not had any problems with them. Not only are they hard, but the shed water like crazy. John
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  7. rtmind


    Mar 8, 2013
    I found a little 2 cup crock pot for potpourri(?), at a yard sale. Just barely gets hot enough to melt bees wax. That's all I use it for, just plug it in and wait 10 minutes, ready to go. rtmind/randy
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  8. Uncle Timbo

    Uncle Timbo Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 23, 2005
    I bought a Kephart inspired knife with sheath and the sheath is so hard I think I could use it as a trim hammer.
    It works but I'm not in love with it.
  9. fmrranger

    fmrranger Basic Member Basic Member

    May 13, 2010
    I have a sheath for my Bravo EDC that I bought used, I think the sheath was treated with Obenauf's or something similar and is way too pliable. Would sno-seal or bees wax firm up the sheath in this case?

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