Carving tools #3: Spoon knife leather sheaths.

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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:

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.

Like this.
(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.
Then cut.

Cut out.

With a leather plane I make the leather thinner at the middle.
(Not needed).

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.

Center also.

Trim for X factor and for not having too much hanging around.

Punch holes in sheath.

Now Chicago studs or whatever they are called.

In place.

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:
And for a few of the knifes I made, among them the one on the photo:
Finally for a full knife making tutorial:

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.

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#1 posted 160 days ago

Very nice work, pictures and easy to understand blog, if that’s the term. . Were you able to work on a save the blog texts and pictures before posting or did you prepare it all in one session?
I’ve yet to look up the definition of blog.

-- When you are wrong admit it, when you are right forget it.

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#2 posted 160 days ago

as usual, right on mads, its always inspiring to see tools taken care of the way they always do such a nice job, stay sharp…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 160 days ago

Very cool Mads…

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#4 posted 160 days ago

Great work!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#5 posted 160 days ago

As usual Mads. Looking very good.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#7 posted 160 days ago

Nicely done, Mads. You’re getting to be quite a leather worker as well as you’re other many accomplishments.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#8 posted 160 days ago

Great post Mads! You have made an awesome collection. I love your makers marks using the stamp. I always use the strop you made for me, thanks so much again!

-- "Make something you love tomorrow...and do it slowly" JLB

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#9 posted 160 days ago

Very nice solution Mads!

-- God bless, Candy

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#10 posted 160 days ago

Well done. I may have to make a pair for my spoon carving knives. They came with a holder but it is bulky.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#11 posted 160 days ago

Thank you for the lesson, Mads, I really learned a lot! And thanks for the links to your knife making story!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#12 posted 160 days ago

Nicely made Mads
A very practical protector
Justin made me a case for mine
Less cut fingers :)


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#13 posted 160 days ago

Mads you are turning tool making into an art my friend.

It’s fascinating how you made the tool pouch. So much attention to details.

Great work!

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#14 posted 160 days ago

Very clever and they look great!

-- If you can dream it, I can do it!

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#15 posted 158 days ago

Good stuff Mads

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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