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WIP: First Time Making A Sheath With a Sam Browne Stud

Discussion in 'Hammer & Tongs' started by redsquid2, Sep 22, 2015.

  1. redsquid2

    redsquid2 KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 31, 2011
    My dad has some leather tools. He makes wallets, checkbook covers and belts, but he doesn't have any experience with sheaths. Knowing that I make knives, he made a sheath for me, and mailed it to me, thinking I could use it for one of my hand-made knives. When I got it in the mail, I was very happy to see his hand-tooled design on it, but I could see right away that the sheath, overall, was not very practical. It was pretty flimsy; 4-5 oz., and had no welts. Also, the "keeper strap" was fastened with a snap. That snap didn't look very trustworthy to me.

    Therefore, what I want to do is 1.) make it into a more robust sheath using heavier leather, and a Sam Browne stud, while 2.) keeping the panel that my dad tooled, incorporating it into my "new and improved" sheath.

    Here are some ideas on paper:

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    This will be my first time using a Sam Browne stud in one of my sheaths. I am open to ideas, both regarding the sheath and the knife. Thank you.
     
    Last edited: Oct 1, 2015
  2. redsquid2

    redsquid2 KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 31, 2011
    ^^^^ This was a just a drawing I doodled up in between bites of breakfast.
     
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  3. redsquid2

    redsquid2 KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 31, 2011
    Did some more drawing last night. I wonder if this will work.


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    I could attach that strap on the outside, then make a slit, and put it through the slit.
     
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  4. redsquid2

    redsquid2 KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 31, 2011
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    Next, a keeper strap and Sam Browne stud.

    I am thinking about adding linings inside the sheath, to cover up the stitching where I will attach the keeper strap, and the base of the Sam Browne stud.

    The layer that is tooled is only about 4-5 oz., so I backed it with a glued-on layer of 3-4 oz. Now, adding two linings in the sheath would be six layers total, if you include the welts. I never stitched through that many layers before. :eek:
     
    Last edited: Oct 1, 2015
  5. redsquid2

    redsquid2 KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 31, 2011
    A lining to cover the base of the Sam Browne stud:

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    Last edited: Oct 2, 2015
  6. Hengelo_77

    Hengelo_77 Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 2, 2006
    I would have chosen a different design.
    I would have made a pancake design sheath and put an extra layer of leather on top of that with a window cut out behind wich your dads tooled leather sits.

    That way you have good leather holding the knife and also showing your dads work.
     

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