sunnuntai 17. tammikuuta 2010

Sheath i made while watching movie

Last night i was watching some western movie with gy gf,and as i have seen it before i wasnt So interested,and wanted to do something at the same time,something that was quiet and i could do it while sitting in coach.So i went thru my treasure chest ,and my general tool box and found a small piece of leather,rivets and one button,old D-ring i took off from broken pistol harness,and the weird swiss made knife / plier thing,made by Wenger.I have liked it a lot but its quite a problem to found a nice fitting sheath for it,due to its un-common shape.So i dragged the gear to our living room table,which made my gf "happy":).oh well she has used to my interests and hobbies so she wasnt mad at all.After i had accomplished to take some coarse measures and shape,into leather piece i put it under water for while to make it all wet and more easy to shape and stretch.It was quite nasty to to get it even into shape that youll see in the pics because the knife has sharp corners and contours etc,but finally i got it into acceptable form,and started to sew and rivet it into one piece.It was funny to pound the rivets as quiet as i could,so my neighbour wouldnt wake up.this morning i realised there was nobody home even.I added a loop to put the firesteel ( from Varusteleka ) between seams,but before doing that i stitched the loop tight and just added it then,so the seams of sheath wont affect the tightness of firesteel holder any way.I chosed rivets with holes,so i can add some paracord,or keyring,or waht ever in the sheath,for various carrying options,or to attach it more secure into rucksack and such.I like to to all my sheaths with low hanging dangler,they are easy to use,and dont press my waist,plus it looks better,but thats not the main reason.Its always in righ vertical position so the knife wont drop easily,no matter how i am.Even if the button fails,it will fit in if i was to stand on my hands.I dont know why should i but still.the flap under buton hole acts also as reinforcement around the lower end of flap,so the leather wont stretch too loose so easily,when i start to use this sheath.But it also makes the opening of button easier.I was quite happy with this sheath when it was ready to be dyed,it took 2 hrs to make and then i dyed it with reddish brown,one of my favourite leather colours.I stuffed the knife in,wrapped with plastic film,and then just dyed it.i had barely enough paint for this left,so its not even dyed but looks ok by me.Then i went for sleep and this morning it was nice and tight,the knife wont drop from sheath with the flap open and turned and shaked.It sits there with nice,almost "snap" like friction.Almost jump proof id say.So,i added warmed up horse harness wax,its all natural,with some coal to make it bit of a black.Then after it was rubbed in,i polished it just a bit with old wool sock and its ready to go.

This was far better way to spend some night time,than just sit and stare pc screen.

6 kommenttia:

Hendrik M kirjoitti...

Great work, Mikko, like the colour and shape. Its very rewarding to make stuff with your own hands, I will make a VBL liner this week, if I find the time.

Perkunas kirjoitti...

I have made few cordura / nylon things too,but our old sewing machine is so lazy that it wont work with any heavier materials anymore,so im looking for "new" machine from fleamarkets etc,since i have lots of ripstop nylon,600d waterproof,for my own tarp,and stuff for one almost UL :) backpack,from Shelby shop.

Fenlander kirjoitti...

Really nice work Mikko

Perkunas kirjoitti...

Ive seen factory made sheaths for this in Ebay but never just the plain sheath,and nowadays im kind of intrested about doing things myself rather than buyin pre-made nylon/cordura pouches.

Hendrik M kirjoitti...

I got some silnylon from extremtextil.de as they have more options than shelby.fi though from Shelby I ordered some cordura, webbing, gross-grain (way to much, btw, so if you need some of the gross-grain or webbing I can give you).

Perkunas kirjoitti...

What sort of cross grain is that?
I havent ordered much from germany,only some MRE´s,as i cant understand so much german language.

I have some 1" webbing,1000d and some sort of brake webbing,its as tough too,I was thinking of using those materials to that backpack project of mine.