Some of my sheaths

Discussion in 'Sheaths & Such' started by CraigC, Aug 7, 2017.

  1. CraigC


    Sep 7, 2007
    I got into leatherwork a few years ago and do mostly belts and holsters but these are some of the sheaths I've completed.

    The latest is this rawhide sheath for a Green River Hunter that I aged. Deer rawhide, deerskin fringe over an 8-9oz veg-tan liner. Antique trade beads, aged tin cones and brown horse hair. Stitched with artificial sinew. Bone handle knife has some file work and patina.


    Elephant hide for a custom ivory/damascus bowie by Russell White. Toggle is warthog tusk.



    Elephant hide again for a Kim Ralston spey pattern.


    Beaded and fringed sheath for an ML Knives hunter. Veg-tan 8-9oz body with crosshatch pattern, deerskin cuff with 8/0 pound beads, aged hairpipe, tin cones, horse hair, antique brass spots, a few antique but mostly modern beads. Double whip stitch mainseam with artificial sinew.


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  2. Gadsden


    Jul 19, 2014
    Those are pretty dang cool. How is the elephant hide to work with? I haven't tried using it yet.
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  3. ANovinc

    ANovinc Basic Member Basic Member

    Sep 21, 2016
    I particularly like the beaded/fringed sheath for the ML Knives hunter. Very cool.
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  4. CraigC


    Sep 7, 2007
    Thanks! The elephant hide is relatively easy to work with. It's a bit spongy and stretchy and so it's a little tougher to get a good edge on it. It really needs a solid glue foundation all the way to the edge. Some folks skive the edges but I haven't yet seen the need. I made those sheaths as part of a complete rig and aside from the volume of hand-stitching involved, I can't complain and didn't waste any.

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  5. sheathmaker

    sheathmaker Custom Leather Sheaths Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 18, 2005
    Very nice work Craig. Your period work is excellent. I see you know Jerry VanAmburg. That Elephant is/was pretty well localized as far as availability is concerned.

  6. CraigC


    Sep 7, 2007
    Thanks but I've never heard of him. I've been getting my exotics from Roje'.
  7. just-a-hunter

    just-a-hunter KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Nov 5, 2015
    Looks great!

  8. Horsewright

    Horsewright KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 4, 2011
    Very nice work. Thanks for sharing your work, please keep doing so. The gun rig is great!
  9. WEB2


    Oct 13, 2004
    Nice to see your work over here Craig...i already drool over the revolver and holster pics lol
  10. Silas

    Silas Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 22, 2004
    Those sheaths really are awesome. Thanks for sharing. :thumbsup:

    Thanks also for answering a question that I had been wanting to ask on here. I have been trying to figure out what type of threading is used around the edges on the style sheaths like you made for that GR Hunter. Artificial Sinew. I'm going to have to pick some up.

    I just found out about the GR Hunter last weekend. I think it's history is pretty cool. I have four arriving in the mail today. Two of them are for presents.
  11. kenjal


    Mar 17, 2013
    Very nice work-thanks for posting.
  12. High Standard

    High Standard Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 23, 2017
    Great work. Thanks for posting.
  13. CraigC


    Sep 7, 2007
    Thanks all for the kind words. :)

    I've been hassled by the "stitch counters" for not using real sinew but for most period work, you can't beat the artificial sinew. I would only use real sinew if a customer requested it and it would absolutely come at a premium.
  14. Alberta Ed

    Alberta Ed

    Jun 29, 1999
    Awesome! That is just superb work!

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