Who actually likes plastic sheaths?

Discussion in 'Sheaths & Such' started by AES13452, Feb 14, 2020.

Do you like plastic sheaths?

  1. No

    12 vote(s)
  2. I don’t care

    3 vote(s)
  3. Yes

    13 vote(s)
  1. AES13452


    Mar 31, 2019
    Why are plastic sheaths a thing? They are ugly, too stiff, and if the blade is sharp the it will shave off pieces of the sheath which could possibly damage the blade.
  2. tiguy7

    tiguy7 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 25, 2008
    image.jpeg image.jpeg My knife is impervious to sheath damage and most other things.
  3. leatherman

    leatherman leathermoderator Moderator

    Nov 30, 2001
    Its simple, different folks have different likes and tastes. btw, I like the knife above! Can you tell more about it?
  4. Horsewright

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

    Oct 4, 2011
    I agree with Dwayne different strokes for different folks. Not my deal but if it works for someone thats cool.
  5. tiguy7

    tiguy7 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 25, 2008
    This is a Mission Knives MPS Ti-10 Survival knife. It is fabricated from Beta Titanium, and the fittings and sheath are all non-magnetic so the knife can be used by Navy Seals to dig out magnetic mines. The 1/4” thick blade is 5” long and is impervious to corrosion. The Kraton scales can be removed for a paracord wrap, or the handle can be used bare.
    It can be carried upside down under a pilot’s arm for quick access in the cockpit. The weight is 5.2 0z. The blue anodize job was commissioned by Papa Smurf.
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  6. Private Klink

    Private Klink Gold Member Gold Member

    May 30, 2017
    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I prefer leather sheaths, but kydex has its place and I have several of them as well.
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  7. Hengelo_77

    Hengelo_77 Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 2, 2006
    I don't like kydex and I can only think of one plus it has over leather,: that is for a person who doesn't want animal product.
  8. tiguy7

    tiguy7 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 25, 2008
    Or a person who wants to ignore salt water, mold, leather dressing, rain, scuffing, wear and tear, etc. Many old leather sheaths look much worse than their Kydex counterparts.
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  9. Alberta Ed

    Alberta Ed

    Jun 29, 1999
    Depends. A well-made Kydex (or equivalent) sheath won't mar the blade. Plastic inserts in leather sheaths (Roselli, for instance) are inconspicuous and add a measure of safety. Kydex sheaths are usually quite compact and most have attachment features.
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  10. Fallbrook Forge

    Fallbrook Forge Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 1, 2006
    I like kydex, well boltaron really, from both a user and makers perspective.

    I can make a functional, durable, attractive(YMMV of course) boltaron sheath in about 30 minutes of actual work. none of which is hand work.

    A similar leather sheath, at least an hour. And lots of hand work.

    I’m coming around to leather working, but it is still a slow and mostly painful process for me.

    Another factor is my background, a bunch of the knives I make are for military or LE applications and they don’t want leather. It needs to be waterproof, durable and protec
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  11. Hengelo_77

    Hengelo_77 Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 2, 2006
    Are they silent?
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  12. Fallbrook Forge

    Fallbrook Forge Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 1, 2006
    They don't give me any lip....
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  13. Plainsman


    Apr 5, 1999
    My main complaints about plastic is noise! This is mostly from knife to sheath contact, i.e. rattling when not fitted correctly and/or loud snapping when entering or exiting the sheath. Occasionally, it can be from contact with other gear or natural objects such as branches or rocks. I dont want my knife sheath to be a source of noise when hunting. Leather never causes these issues.
  14. NMpops


    Aug 9, 2010
    My preference is for leather but Kydex is fine and does not dull the knife as some have said. Glass filled nylon on the hand sucks.
  15. Zach L

    Zach L

    Mar 16, 2020
    I'm sorry, but you are simply not correct on this one. Ugly is all a matter of opinion, so if you find them ugly then they're ugly to you. Too stiff? Then it wasn't made/finished correctly. A well finished Kydex (or variant plastic) sheath should have just the right amount of retention. This can be adjusted with some heat and a little patience. The blade will shave off pieces of the sheath and damage the blade? Again, if this is the case then your sheath was not made correctly. All blades should receive multiple layers of painters tape on them before molding the sheath so that there is sufficient clearance for the blade on all 4 sides. To combat the issue of noise from the blade rattling around in the sheath, a little extra clearance during molding can also eliminate this as the retnetion portion only allows the blade to move so much. Provide a little more clearance and the noise issues are resolved. It also helps to use rubber washers/silencers in between the sheath eyelets and any attachment piece like a tek-lock to further eliminate the chance for noise.

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