By Tim McCreight

ISBN-10: 0811721752

ISBN-13: 9780811721752

Ten initiatives that jointly represent a survey of knifemaking abilities. the best way to minimize, form, warmth, deal with, and end a knife.

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Is available in several lengths from a leather supply company. Because of the thinness of the leather I had to cut a small piece off each rivet section before pressing the two together. For details on this operation look ahead to chapter 7. The edge of the sheath is trimmed with a knife and then shaved or sanded smooth. A utility knife can be used to whittle away any excess and to create a smooth edge. A faster and neater job can be done by using a sanding machine and a medium-grit belt. This removes excess leather and also burnishes the edge.

In choosing your leather you will be asked not only what animal leather you want (cow) and how thick the skin should be (6- to 8-ounce), but also what tanning you prefer. The three most common sys­ tems used to tan or preserve animal skins are chrome, oil, and vegetable. The first uses chromium salts and the second uses Sheathmaking requires only simple equipment. Shown here are a tube of cement, a thonging chisel, a grooving tool, large needles, and a spool of waxed linen thread. fish or a uses orga Since the tional SO\; table tanl called oa Any of strong lee hides ha (molded with surl ing or tc cussed h above sil techniqu this cha vegetabl' The ot making I be bougl You'll ne called WI rubbed and som utility h small gr The fi what ki terns sh referen( enjoy tl original original have st tion in affects; is true you des its posi The · pouch drawin tions 0 knives Sheathmaking / 59 cost for its made here ine my de ­ you should ;.

Lay this strip of paper onto the paper pattern to find a position that will secure the sheath comfortably below the belt. At the same time, see that it is in proportion to the rest of the sheath. Tape or glue the strip into position . This completes the paper pattern. Once you have the idea, the sheath pattern can be figured out in a single step and quickly cut from paper. The sewn side of the sheath requires a spacer called a welt. The thickness of this piece of leather will depend on the heft of the knife.

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