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Techniques for fixing scratches?

Discussion in 'Sheaths & Such' started by i4Marc, Sep 12, 2018 at 2:41 AM.

  1. i4Marc

    i4Marc KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 19, 2011
    How do you all repair, fix or otherwise disguise a scratch you get in leather? Say you are building a sheath and you are almost done. You just need to bevel an edge or two then the tool slips across the face of the sheath leaving a scratch. What do you folks do to repair that?
     
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  2. i4Marc

    i4Marc KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 19, 2011
    Hmmmmmm, how silly do I feel realizing that I'm the only one who makes mistakes? :confused:
     
  3. leatherman

    leatherman leathermoderator Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Nov 30, 2001
    Hmmm, If these guys are as busy as I am, we have to make time to sit and type on the computer. Its not always in that first day, and its not always priority.
    There is a simple remedy, or two actually. If your making this sheath for yourself and dont mind a mark because your going to make marks eventually then your good, keep on going. If your making this sheath for a customer, well, your going to take it apart and start over again, or if your willing to sell damaged goods your good to go.
    Your not going to be able to "fix" a scratch to where it wont show. Believe me I've tried and it only ends in frustration.
     
  4. Horsewright

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

    Oct 4, 2011
    Agreed, if ya have cut the surface of the leather. If its more of a slight abrasion I have used several different conditions to hmmm, make it go away and have had success. Skidmore's and Blackrock seem to be the best in my experience for this. Its really gonna depend on the degree I guess.
     
  5. i4Marc

    i4Marc KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 19, 2011
    Thank you gentlemen. I'm busy too which is why I was anxious to see some input. I apologize if it was a bit rushed. It's an abrasion.

    Dave, where can I find the products you mentioned? Are they leather conditioners or what? Are there any particular tricks for using them like wetting or burnishing?

    This incident happened to a personal sheath. I'm not going to use it anyway. I would not accept it for a customer. I have made a new sheath for a customer in the past just because I pulled one stitch too deep. I'm just asking as a general technique for future use.
     
  6. Horsewright

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

    Oct 4, 2011
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  7. i4Marc

    i4Marc KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 19, 2011
    Thanks Dave! What is your opinion about Saddle Soap for this application?
     
  8. Horsewright

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

    Oct 4, 2011
    Not a fan. I don't have any saddle soap, for anything and haven't for years.
     
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