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Putting the Sheath before the Knife

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Project by OldWrangler posted 10-16-2014 09:39 AM 966 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Needed to post something to get the Unity Cross picture tucked away in archive.

Knife is finished and drying from finish. I will be previewing it soon. Sheath is finished as this is something I can work on at night in the house. Sheath is 8-9 oz. tanned Cowhide form fitted wet to the knife and then covered with hair-on cow hide skin. Edge is black 1/8” leather lacing. Has a belt loop and a Texas Star Concho. Not perfect but my leather work is improving. This and knife will probably go to grandson for Xmas. His got sold at our last craft show for $200. It was on the table for show but a nice lady said she had to have it for her 80 y/o dad who still hunts the woods of Michigan. She made the offer and I couldn’t refuse it. His new knife has a better mirror-polish and a handle of Western Red Cedar cross-cut. I’ll post a pic of the knife soon.

I am now experimenting with vinegar/salt etching on knife blades. It comes out pretty nice and is not hard to do once you watch a Youtube “How to” video.

Got a church craft show this Sat. Only 6 hours and Kathy will help as she likes these shows. She is the “people-person” of this family and a better salesman. I am only there for tech. support about items. She could sell corn-on-the-cob to teethless people. Sold so many cheese slicing boards at the last show, I have 30 ready for this one. I hope they break my heart and buy them all. I’ll make some more for the last show of the year in Nov. That show is 2 days after my pacemaker surgery to change out the batteries. I’ll be the Energizer Bunny with the new voltage.

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!





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#1 posted 10-16-2014 10:55 AM

Pretty nice George but my ignorance shines thru – does the hair-on cow skin allow for daily use or is it for display only ?

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - Your imagination is your only holdup

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#2 posted 10-16-2014 02:31 PM

Hey Dick, The cows use it nearly daily and it seems to hold up for them. Besides we are weekend hunters for only 3 months a year so it works good and I like the look. It really does hold up, I have one I made 30 years ago when I was a serious hunter and it still looks good. The wear add to the look like a patina does.

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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#3 posted 10-16-2014 07:16 PM

again my ignorance is showing – cows that use it daily are ALIVE, your sheath isn’t (alive) doesn’t make any difference, still looks good !

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - Your imagination is your only holdup

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#4 posted 10-16-2014 09:26 PM

Dick,

Texas must be a little different from Ohio. Down here a lot of our furniture is covered with cow hide, hair side out and it holds up for years. We also use full hides for rugs, table cloths and placemats. If it wears out, just go shoot another cow and start over. Really it is pretty sturdy. That’s why we put cows in it…...not me personally but somebody must. They all seem to be covered with it.

George, TEXAS

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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#5 posted 10-16-2014 10:15 PM

yeah – I don’t remember any cows up here not covered with that stuff but never have seen any furniture covered with it, guess we’re just not caught up to the rest of the world here in NE Ohio

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - Your imagination is your only holdup

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#6 posted 10-17-2014 01:08 AM

I’m glad your cows have hide but no cow hide furniture. Next you’ll be telling me that there’s no moonshine, grits, blue corn tamales, armadillos or buffalo jerky. Why do you stay there? Texas is a big state and we always got room in Texas for one more yankee.

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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