Spoon knife leather sheaths
I know it’s not made of wood – lol.
Since I care for my tools and the spoon knifes when useful are razor sharp, I thought it would be wise to make them some sheaths, to replace the rubber once I made from bicycle tire tube (they did not stand the sharp edge and were not sexy at all – lol). After browsing the web a little, I found a type I liked and the rest was as they say at Nike: ‘just do it’ or Sinatra: http://youtu.be/kF-rtkrcQRg
As many of my projects this one started with a sketch, in this way I set my thoughts straight or at least try to.
Here the knifes, a one sided pointed and a two sided flat.
So the sheaths have to work for both.
They are btw. just plain Mora / Frost of Sweden knifes.
So first I choose some leather, I like a quite stiff one for sheaths.
Used this to take the measures and mark out where I wanted the closing straps to be placed.
This could then be transformed into a work drawing.
(It’s not in scale here).
Made a copy by folding the paper and draw over, then cut them out.
I had only needed to fold and cut… Guess I am getting a wee bit rusty.
So placed on the leather – be sure to face right side down.
With a leather plane I make the leather thinner at the middle.
Just more easy to bend.
Just for fun I stamped an old woodworkers mark into the leather.
My name is Felding and fell over this old Gooding long time ago and never used it.
Just thought it had a funny ring to it that matched my family name.
Enough fooling MaFe.
Trimming the edges.
Just a straight cut, nothing fancy now…
Bend to curve.
Give it a good massage.
Now I made a little loop of leather, which fit inside the sheath.
Then pressed a hole close to the end.
And while the sheath is bend also a hole in the end of the sheath.
Then one of these little screw together leather things…
There are many ways here, you could also sew it or rivet, this was just fast and good looking.
Works like this.
Get the picture!
With the knife in place, you can now markup how long the strap and where the closure should be.
Trim for X factor and for not having too much hanging around.
Punch holes in sheath.
Now Chicago studs or whatever they are called.
When they are in place it is possible to find the right spot for strap holes.
Punch it baby!
And make a cut like this, important to do it on the right side.
It helps the stud to slide easy in and keeps it locked.
We got sheaths!
Not the end, but finish.
Leather needs care.
Metal needs protection.
Grease for the leather and then I put some Japanese Camellia oil on the inside also to help protect the metal.
So here before and after grease.
Jamie you might see something you know here also… Made a simple sheath for that one too, thanks. ;-)
Here they are, as a pair, now you see why I made the little loop. ;-)
I’m quite happy with the result.
Bet the knifes are happy too, now they stay sharp and make no damage.
Hmmmmmm guess I have to visit nature soon….
Here link for a honing stick I made for the knifes: http://lumberjocks.com/mafe/blog/39628
And for a few of the knifes I made, among them the one on the photo: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/29956
Finally for a full knife making tutorial: http://www.felding.net/7knifemaking5.html
Hope it can inspire to give care to your tools, most of all to stay sharp.
The best of my thoughts,
-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.