GREAT designs, Doc! After looking at my kit knives I feel like putting them in the "do not touch...ever" drawer and calling it quits!
Seriously, though, I am posting here to answer a burning question Dr. Lathe emailed me about...somehow I got roped into maybe making the sheaths for these little beauties, and they would be, of course, Kydex or Concealex. Lathemeister wanted me to hash oout some prices and design ideas, so here they are (although, maybe I shouldn't post the $$ amounts?):
1) I'd prefer a folded-over 1-piece sheath design. This sheath is easier to make, cleaner looking, smaller, and cheaper.
2) I'd use black stainless steel Chicago screws for keeping it all together.
3) I would use Kydex (or Concealex, but I like Kydex better) of 0.093" thickness in Black for the basic sheath. I could use a nice Gray Kydex (courtesy of Madpoet, rest in peace, friend) also, or I also have the Desert and Woodlands camo patterns of Concealex available at a highly inflated price, too.
4) I would make a Kydex belt loop that allows for high-ride vertical carry, as well as horizontal carry, if that would be comfy with an 8" knife. For a pittance I can make a kick-ass IWB clip, too.
Pricing is confidential, as I don't want to advertise outright, but sum would be reasonable for the stock setup (around 30 clams). I don't think i would stand to make any $$ off this deal, as I would like Dr. Lathe to make me some small knife kits for groomsmen gifts, and the $$ from my part would go into that, I would assume. Also the Masterlather is turning a Ti wedding band for me, so he is tres cool.
In any case, I am one busy MF, so the number of sheaths I can do is pretty limited. It may be one of those things where I get a blade blank (hopefully all the knives are exactly the same, or i may need each knife to do each individual sheath for) and spend a weekend doing a limited production run (it takes about 1.5 hours per sheath from start to finish) of just these knives. I'll have to square away a weekend for that with no other orders, too. I do have vacation coming up in October for 10 days, so I would REALLY rather do it then. So, let Dr. Lathe know what you want in terms of sheath details and I can provide. I will also do pancake sheaths and the like, but trust me when I say you want one of my foldovers from a cosmetic/cost/function point of view. You can see my latest sheaths at my webpage (follow Sheaths!, then the Photo Gallery). The sheaths for these knives would be something like the CR Mountaineer II or Nimravus ones shown there.
My Custom Kydex Sheath pagehttp://www.geocities.com/CollegePark/Lab/1298/knifehome.html
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