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Sheath for Knife

June 30, 2015

Decided to go ahead and make a sheath for the new knife. Dug through the pile and found a piece that looked about right.

Piece of leather

Piece of leather

Fit the knife about right when folded over.

Fits knife

Fits knife

Bit at the top folded down and looks like it will work as the belt loop.

Belt Loop

Belt Loop

Got the tools out and some rivets. Punched the first hole in the belt loop and riveted it with the hammer as the rivet tool doesn’t have a deep enough throat to reach that one. Hole punch just fit.

Tools needed

Tools needed

Here’s how it looks from the back.

Belt loop from the back

Belt loop from the back

Used the new knife to trim the leather up.  Did a great job!  Top rivet was first one put in. Put the knife in place and pulled the leather around it and slid it in and out to adjust the fit and then punched the hole and put the rivet in. Second one was the one at the bottom to stop the blade from going any lower. Third one was through 3 thicknesses of leather as it holds the other side of the belt loop and took a longer rivet.

Extra trimmed off and rivets in

Extra trimmed off and rivets in

Last 2 rivets in and the sheath is done other than for oiling/waxing.

And done

And done

Knife fits good and tight and shouldn’t come out in the woods.

Fit is good and tight

Fit is good and tight

And that’s the sheath done. One piece of leather and 6 rivets. A small pile of scrap leather and all the tools used in the making.

Made a hands free axe carrier

June 12, 2015

Was over on Survival Sherpa and saw the one Todd made and decided to add a carrier to my beater hand axe.

This is the finished product.  The head cover is one I made several years ago out of a scrap piece of leather that fit around the head without cutting. Punched holes in it top and bottom and laced it together.

Axe in carrier

Axe in carrier

The button I used is a piece of antler that I drilled (with a bow drill which I’ll post about in another entry) and tied on with another piece of leather thong.

Closure side

Closure side

To attach the strap and help support the axe I added a piece from the bottom to the closure strap, again by punching holes and lacing on with leather thong. The other end of the strap I just fed through the lace at the end of the cover and tied the strap around it.  Gives some adjustment and if I need to at a later date I can always make a slit in the head cover, feed it through and tie it around.

Head cover closed

Head cover closed

Button hole is just a slit in the leather.  Easy on, easy off.

Head cover open

Head cover open

Thanks to Survival Sherpa for the idea!