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  • Looking for a LEATHER sheath maker

    I have decided to start carrying my 20+ year old Benchmade AFO. The knife has never been used. Still has the factory edge. I am wanting a leather (absolutely no Kydex) sheath/holster for this folder. Are there any people in the Wichita area, or on this forum, making custom leather sheaths? I know exactly what design features I want. I just need someone to fabricate it. Thanks in advance for your help.
    kraz

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    Do you want a vertical or a horizontal carry? Do you have a pencil and paper? Do you have a sharp knife, such as a STOCKMAN or a change blade utility knife?

    Experiment with some Kraft paper to figure out what you want. You make a design out of paper. Then you cut some leather over-size and fold and sew.
    Besides a sharp knife you need some hand sewing needles, nylon thread of a color you like.
    Some contact cement can ease construction by holding just the seams together for sewing. You need an awl for making holes every 1/6 to 1/8 inch for sewing..
    If your pouch design requires a belt loop sewn on you need to figure that out and attach the loop before you sew the pouch closed.
    TANDY LEATHER has all the materials and supplies you need.
    You have options too. You can sew the seams or use leather strips to lace it closed.

    Tandy Address: 1650 S Meridian Ave, Wichita, KS 67213


    Hours: ⋅ Opens 10AM Wed


    Phone: (316) 942-7773










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    • #3
      Thank you for your detailed reply, Jim.

      I know how to make a sheath. I've made several for various knives. I also have all of the supplies on hand. This is a special knife to me and I would like to have a PROFESSIONAL fabricate the sheath. I know my limitations. That's why I posted here instead of just sitting down and fabricating it myself. Clint at Williams Gun Works is no longer making leather sheaths, only Kydex. I'm looking for someone as talented as him. Thanks.
      kraz

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      • #4
        Kraz, Jim is right, only different. If you stop in Tandy I bet they could hook you up with a couple of their customers that do quality work.

        Beware, Tandy help is a lonely lot, be prepared to lose a bit of your life.
        Originally posted by kscardsfan
        Grain of salt hell, I'm taking it with a salt block from the feed store. Thats a big bunch of crap there.




        QUOTE=mjkeat;n1101496]****ing stupid.[/QUOTE]

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        • #5
          Thanks Not so big Tom! Great idea. I must have misunderstood Jim's reply above.
          kraz

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          • #6
            Whether you actually build it or find a professional leather worker, you'll need plans in detail that can be followed.Basic questions such as kind of leather and the method used to tan the leather. Vegetable tanned leather does not attract moisture and contain "salts" which corrode guns and knives.
            Do you want an open top pouch or a flap? Should a metal snap secure the flap. Finish details such as dyed or natural finish, color and such details are often areas that a "professional" has made up their mind and they may make a pouch that fits their previous ideas.
            I've made dozens of holsters and pouches, never have I made two the same, exactly. Even when making two I learn something from each which I hope improves the design.

            Making some paper or cardboard examples will give you something to show any artisan you select.
            The people think the Constitution protects their rights; But government sees it as an obstacle to be overcome.
            If your religion says suicide and murder are wrong; Aren't you doing both if you are not prepared to defend your life and the lives of others?
            I am not a lawyer, but I have personal opinions.

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