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Diomedes industries sheath question...

Discussion in 'Fiddleback Forge Knives' started by Mike Large, May 29, 2019.

  1. Mike Large

    Mike Large

    Jun 24, 2017
    Purchased a new Diomedes Industries sheath for my Loner, amazing sheath! Going to take alot of getting used to a high riding sheath such as this but no problem, love it. After a day of carry I notice the lower half of the scale has a much much lighter color to it as if, maybe, it has drawn a bit of dye out of the maple? Not a huge deal of course but wondering if this may even itself out over time or is this knife pretty much 2 tone from here on out? Hard to capture in a picture but here it is... thanks 15591172580141696054197803005649.jpg 15591173138505581141860791974527.jpg
  2. Choppaman

    Choppaman Gold Member Gold Member

    May 6, 2017
    @Mike Large I have noticed that before. In many cases I think it may be the other way around. that the part in the sheath stays protected and the part out darkens from wearing it and the sun and the elements of nature. @VANCE had a daily carry of his he posted sometime ago and you seen the same results. And others as well. It's like it gets a suntan!! LOL. in your case you say the die has been pulled? How long have you been carrying it? Does it look to be discolored on the inside of the sheath? Like you said, not the end of the world. Definitely adds character. Jason at @Diomedes Industries I'm sure will jump in here. You are right! great sheaths too!!
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  3. RobbieB

    RobbieB Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 13, 2017
    Fiddleback handles are treated with a coating of Howard's Feed N Wax, which includes beeswax and mineral oil. My guess is that the leather has absorbed some of the oil from the handle, not the dye. I've seen this on some of my knives, and some seem more susceptible to it than others. Wipe it down with this same product or plain mineral oil, and I expect the handle will look consistent again. Not sure how to combat this, but maybe @Diomedes Industries or other sheath makers have some suggestions. I don't think it's a unique phenomenon to any one sheath brand.
  4. Choppaman

    Choppaman Gold Member Gold Member

    May 6, 2017
    @RobbieB Good point! Makes a lot of sense. I've recoated mine with Howard's F&W and it snaps right back!!
  5. Mike Large

    Mike Large

    Jun 24, 2017
    I of course dont think it's the specific sheath, just never had this happen. And it's more so simple conversation than anything else. This blade will have a patina very soon from use so the color variations, even in the scales, is welcome. Though it is definitely worth asking about seeing I've never seen this happen. Enjoying the changes actually... 15591313222783411154974238823671.jpg
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  6. VANCE

    VANCE Moderator Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Gold Member

    Mar 13, 2006
    as mentioned before get some Howard's Feed-n-Wax


    awhile later & treated
  7. Fiddleback

    Fiddleback Knifemaker Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

    Oct 19, 2005
    Jason's sheaths erode the color of the knife handle. Thats what I think.

    @RobbieB nailed it. The leather absorbed the Howards Feednwax. You can refresh the wax, and over time the leather will absorb less and it will not be noticable. Unfortunately, by that time the sunlight on the exposed handle will darken the wood and you will have almost the same effect.
  8. B Griffin

    B Griffin Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 22, 2007
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