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Horsewright

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just got this sheath squared away. I have to say that I'm not particularly pleased with it, but I learned some new things and knocked it out in record time. Sometimes you just gotta call it, walk away and start the next project...

Yep wise words.
 
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oooh whee he's a mean one Mr. Tanto the things i would do with him. thankfully i won't have to but still. yeah i've got a big one i'm holding onto from Jack O. AND IT'S LITTLE BROTHER too.
 

Horsewright

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Well I'm no one's idea of a good leather worker but it seemed like a nice idea to repurpose and old leather phone case as a knife/flashlight/space pen holster. So far, I'm pretty satisfied with the result. It does make it easier to carry this stuff
That looks great!! Glad it is working for ya. I get asked for similar carriers like that all the time. I turn em down as its not something I really do. Thats how it starts ya know. Ya make something small like that for yourself and other folks see it and then 35-40 years later........ Look where a guy is. Glad ya posted.

Finished up 3 martingale/breast collars yesterday. This item attaches to a saddle and helps stabilize it while covering rough ground or roping. Bonita the red mare here has one on. I didn't make that one though:

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And Dusty Rae here is wearing one of my roughout ones.:

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This item is one of the products that really got me into power finishing edges. Each one has 330 linear inches of edge to finish. Also why I like to make roughout martingales! From left to right a roughout one that I will keep for myself. Bout two years ago somebody bought mine right off my horse and its taken me a while to get around to building another for myself. A smoothout plain one and a roughout one with Carlos border stamping and a tooled and dyed brand with upgraded stainless hardware:

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Mine:

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The smoothout one is for stock. We've got a couple of shows coming up and then there is always Christmas:

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The last one was a custom order:

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That looks great!! Glad it is working for ya. I get asked for similar carriers like that all the time. I turn em down as its not something I really do. Thats how it starts ya know. Ya make something small like that for yourself and other folks see it and then 35-40 years later........ Look where a guy is. Glad ya posted.

Finished up 3 martingale/breast collars yesterday. This item attaches to a saddle and helps stabilize it while covering rough ground or roping. Bonita the red mare here has one on. I didn't make that one though:

KrpJfnF.jpg


And Dusty Rae here is wearing one of my roughout ones.:

iNiFwp9.jpg


This item is one of the products that really got me into power finishing edges. Each one has 330 linear inches of edge to finish. Also why I like to make roughout martingales! From left to right a roughout one that I will keep for myself. Bout two years ago somebody bought mine right off my horse and its taken me a while to get around to building another for myself. A smoothout plain one and a roughout one with Carlos border stamping and a tooled and dyed brand with upgraded stainless hardware:

ktFayHW.jpg


h1toygE.jpg


LqisiC0.jpg


Mine:

br2dlqL.jpg


VoGiodR.jpg


The smoothout one is for stock. We've got a couple of shows coming up and then there is always Christmas:

EzYAcgw.jpg


XhY5g4p.jpg


The last one was a custom order:

kn3KuzI.jpg


NJzECu5.jpg


3TLUYkq.jpg
You really do beautiful work!
 

Gary W. Graley

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Impressive Dave ! looks like a lot of thought went into making that, very cool stuff.

Today, I figured my Bradford Guardian 3 sheepsfoot was just too much for neck carry, so I made a horizontal adapter for the kydex sheath that I bought when I purchased the knife from them. Their kydex is very secure and I have no qualms on wearing this horizontally at all. I used some nice Wickett & Craig 7/8 oz leather, I had a couple of hardware sets that I used to fasten it to the rivet holes already in the sheath. Those anchored the strap to the sheath, then I added two snaps above them so the leather when it wraps around the back and folds down to the front, can snap into place. One snap might have been enough, two makes it less prone to canting about the belt too much ;)

Here's a shot of the knife, has cpm3v blade just shy of 3 3/4" from tip to scale, overall length of just under 7"

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this keeps the sheath closer to your body, where a regular kydex clip thingy can extend the rig out too far, in my opinion of course

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showing the back side, my makers' mark, month and year and a right foot print so you always remember to start out on your right footing when you wear this setup ;)

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When doing the snaps, the ones that snap down onto the bottom, I fold the leather over first so it will make imprints of where the snaps are in relation to the leather, when I go to make the holes, I make them about a half hole backwards so the snaps are pulled tighter down when you snap them in place.

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All in all it's a great way to carry this knife, worn more towards the front of the body with the handle towards my right hand so I pull the knife out of the sheath, the sheath is a thumb break kinda thing in that you push against the top of the sheath as you pull the knife.

Dat's it for dat ;)
G2
 
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that looks like it would survive anything!
Lol !!! Yes it’s overbuilt lol :) On the uprights and couple areas I added a layer of leather to help stitching. I think it added some extra durability too. Leather is a bison side with really nice pull-up !!

So far she loves the bag :) :)
 

Horsewright

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Thats a cool deal Gary. Thanks, yeah I designed those about 20 years ago.

Duramax thats a cool tote! Nice job. Yep having the smaller machine certainly helps on some projects.
 

Gary W. Graley

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Thanks Dave it works great and easy to remove if you need to and if it gets bumped hard and becomes unsnapped it will still be kept on your belt. A complete leather version would work as well. I wished I had black snaps for a more subdued look but it’s not too much
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G2
 

Horsewright

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This....tells us a great deal ;)
G2
Well now sit back and grabya a cup of coffee. In the western horsemanship world there are two types of these critters. In the buckaroo world its called a Martingale. Traditionally just encircled the chest and neck and attached to the saddle only at the cinch between the front legs. Because of it coming up high it didn't interfere with front leg or shoulder movement. It didn't do a lot for stability of the saddle since it only attached to the cinch. I also noticed that it moved away from the horse as he moved. So the surface area he had to lean against say when dragging a calf was minimal and constantly changing as the horse moved. Kinda the spoon and the icepick deal. They could be made very fancy and were often really just a showcase fo some fancy carving and or silverwork. Practicality was limited. In fact I was working this young stallion one time and he started into bucking a little. Now he wasn't bad, just kinda running with his head down and kicking up his heels a mite but there ya go. The martingale that had come with my saddle came off his neck and since its attached to only the cinch between his legs we're running on it now and breaking parts as ya can imagine. Got to thinking hmm.

In the cowboy world its more often called a Breast Collar. It will attach to the saddle and to the cinch. The problem with many if not most is that by how they attach, how they are made, how they are designed etc they tend to inhibit the horses movement. They usually are lower across the shoulder and so the horse is lifting and pushing against this all the time. If ya have it tight enough to keep your saddle from sliding its tight enough to inhibit shoulder action some. Also most, and look at the one with Nichole and Cara talking up above. Notice that the ends fold over and around the d rings and are sewnw don in the back against the horse. So taking all these ideas together I developed my martingale/breastcollar.


The only real changes I have made to the design over the years is now I always use the water buffalo for the lining leather. Notice my tabs come from behind and over the d rings for comfort for the horse. Here is my daughter in law Katie Mack on Mr Brown:

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The two chest straps come up high and above the shoulder so they have less chance of interfering with the horses movement. Theres a separate strap that goes across the horses neck:

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This strap helps hold the chest straps up so they don't interfere with the horse stepping forward.

Because of how I do the tabs on the d rings there is some sliding and movement. This allows the martingale/breastcollar to stay in contact and not sag away from the horse.

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In this pic look close at Mr Brown. Notice his right front is further forward then his left front while he is holding this calf down. Yet the martingale/breast collar is maintaing contact, its not sagging away. This would be really important if he were dragging a calf as then the pressure is spread over a larger area and we're still not interfering with his movement. Purty much it.
 
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