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Leather Knife Sheath

IP - Sheath 2

IP - Sheath 3

IP - Sheath 4

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It's always fun to try something new. When I was in the middle of my spoon carving mania last year, I invested in a Mora 106 - the spoon carving knife. It came with a handy little black plastic sheath complete with belt loop and embossed design but I just didn't dig the plastic. As you know, I'm all about natural materials. Solution? Whip out the leather tools and make a leather sheath of course.

I had some old veg tanned, cow leather lying around (as you do) that was a perfect thickness for this project. As much as I love working with deerskin, it's just too soft for a knife sheath. Making the pattern was a bit of a challenge and I ended up doing some modifications on the fly. 

The best part of this project was wet forming the leather so it moulded around the blade of the knife. Don't you just love my technical use of bulldog clips? I've done a fair bit of leather work but had never worked with wet leather or shaped it before. It was wonderful -  it moulded to the blade and as it dried, kept its shape. Months later the knife still slides readily into its place in the sheath. 

I'm really pleased with the way it turned out and with being able to use skills and materials I already had to make something that I needed.