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    How to make a curved sheath? When the knifes spine isn't straight.

    Hi.
    I've made a folded pouch sheath which turned out well. The knife had a straight line along the handle and spine of the blade so it fits nicely into the fold.
    Next I want to make a sheath for a knife I've made that has quite a curve on it. It wouldn't lie flat against a fold.

    I'm considering making it from two halves stitched the whole way around, is that what you would do?
    Or should I make a wet moulded fold for the back of the handle and then use stitches to bring the sheath edge in along the spine of the blade?

    If anyone has any pictures or links to suitable I'd appreciate them. I couldn't find much.

    Many thanks.

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    Re: How to make a curved sheath? When the knifes spine isn't straight.

    A picture of the knife often helps!
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    Re: How to make a curved sheath? When the knifes spine isn't straight.

    it would indeed.
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    Re: How to make a curved sheath? When the knifes spine isn't straight.

    Reckon your best bet would be 2 halves stitched all the way round. Some great looking sheaths made that way.
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    Re: How to make a curved sheath? When the knifes spine isn't straight.



    Thanks

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    Re: How to make a curved sheath? When the knifes spine isn't straight.

    Quote Originally Posted by Handmade Matt View Post


    Thanks
    i would go with a two peice like seagull said, for that shape thats only my opinion, but it would suit the blade shape perfectly.
    hope that helps mate.
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    Re: How to make a curved sheath? When the knifes spine isn't straight.

    The knife is straight enough from the start of the bolster to the tip, so I reckon a wraparound sheath would work. The wet molding will take out the slack, particularly if you have quite narrow bolsters. I think you need to fit the handle before deciding on what sheath to use as that's going to be the deciding factor here. I usually use 3mm cardboard to make my patterns. I wrap them round the finished knife and staple them into place, you can squash the cardboard to give the effect of wet forming. I then trim off on the outside of the staple lines and trim the sheath opening. Unpick the staples, turn the pattern upside down and you have your cutting pattern to draw around. Cardboard is cheap and it takes about 5 minutes max. to produce a pattern. It gives you the opportunity to try out different ideas without wasting time and leather.

    Edit: I mean a pouch sheath like this http://www.britishblades.com/forums/...singteck-s-way
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    Re: How to make a curved sheath? When the knifes spine isn't straight.

    Quote Originally Posted by parbajtor View Post
    The knife is straight enough from the start of the bolster to the tip, so I reckon a wraparound sheath would work. The wet molding will take out the slack, particularly if you have quite narrow bolsters. I think you need to fit the handle before deciding on what sheath to use as that's going to be the deciding factor here. I usually use 3mm cardboard to make my patterns. I wrap them round the finished knife and staple them into place, you can squash the cardboard to give the effect of wet forming. I then trim off on the outside of the staple lines and trim the sheath opening. Unpick the staples, turn the pattern upside down and you have your cutting pattern to draw around. Cardboard is cheap and it takes about 5 minutes max. to produce a pattern. It gives you the opportunity to try out different ideas without wasting time and leather.

    Edit: I mean a pouch sheath like this http://www.britishblades.com/forums/...singteck-s-way
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    Re: How to make a curved sheath? When the knifes spine isn't straight.

    Ditto, Definitely finish knife first, sometimes they just "suggest" their own sheath shape.

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    Re: How to make a curved sheath? When the knifes spine isn't straight.

    OK, thanks so much everyone.
    It will probably be finished over the weekend. I'll keep you posted.
    All the best.

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    Re: How to make a curved sheath? When the knifes spine isn't straight.

    She's finished:



    I'm thinking that perhaps a wet moulded folded pouch sheath that only comes half way up the handle. What do you think?
    The welt will be tricky to make so that it holds the knife in but also lets it out without snagging.
    Many thanks.

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    Re: How to make a curved sheath? When the knifes spine isn't straight.

    Bit like this one matt


    The welt is a v shape almost so it returns up the spin of the blade. this has a slight curve to it and work very well. the inner stitching is to follow the lines of the horizontal straps but also pulls in the welt so the whole knife is held secure.

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    Re: How to make a curved sheath? When the knifes spine isn't straight.

    Thanks.
    This is one I've made before which I think is essentially the same concept:



    I was just concerned that the curve along the spine of the whole knife would cause me difficulties, but you think it will be fine?
    All the best.

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    Re: How to make a curved sheath? When the knifes spine isn't straight.

    You could go half and half..




    so you have the "wrap" round the handle, but can use the stitching to show the curve of the blade as it comes to the point?

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    Re: How to make a curved sheath? When the knifes spine isn't straight.

    Quote Originally Posted by Darkwoodecho View Post
    You could go half and half..

    so you have the "wrap" round the handle, but can use the stitching to show the curve of the blade as it comes to the point?
    That's beautiful, I think that's the way I'll do it. Thanks again.

 

 

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