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Username Post: making a backsewn Scandi sheath        (Topic#834660)
foxhunter
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10-19-08 05:40.24 - Post#1664563    







Hi, fellows!

this summer I made a nice Scandi I intended as my woodsbumming kife. It ended up that Mrs. foxhunter liked it a lot and wanted it for herself.
Oct. 21st she´llbe celebrating her birthday and so I thought it might be a nice present for her.

All I had to do was final finish of the handle adding a nice convex grind and a slight reshape of the blade geometry.

And then of course a wetshaped backsewn sheath.
I did a small documentation for your inspiration.

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Goert.

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foxhunter
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10-19-08 05:44.58 - Post#1664569    


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all you need is a piece of leather,
plastic foil
tape
two needles
an awl
a set of teethless pliers
thread
beeswax
vaseline
small knife
thick thread for the beltloop

Stage1

coat the carbon blade with vaseline to avoid rusting - later we will use wet leather -

wrap the knife - one or two times only - in plastic and fix by tape.


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Goert.

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see you at the Fällkniven forum


 
foxhunter
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10-19-08 05:56.20 - Post#1664576    


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Stage 2

measure and cut the leather
let the leather soak in warm water and then let it drip off.

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Goert.

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foxhunter
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10-19-08 06:02.05 - Post#1664577    


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Stage 4

wrap the warm wet leather round the knife and knead it into shape.
It is a good idea to habe your fingernails cut before you do, as they easily leave scars in the wet soft leather.

As soon as the leather gets into a shape use the awl to pre.stitch the initial holes.

later always pre-stitch the holes and sew stitch by stitch.

I recommend using a waxed thread, with a needle on each end, as professional saddleries, do.


Image shows the initial stitches. I like to double stitch as the ends of the sewing take quite a pressure.



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Goert.

the sharper your knife - the easier your life!


see you at the Fällkniven forum


 
foxhunter
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10-19-08 06:07.57 - Post#1664582    


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As seen on the images, the pliers are a great help pulling or pushing the needles through the wet leather. This way you avoid break of a needle.

Stage 5
to shape the sheath round the handle and then round the blade.
Sewing round the handle is rather easy and then you need some sharper edges in the leather.
a rounded table is a good idea. Otherwise you will need a rounded board or something like that.

The stitch between handle and blade section of the sheath I as well prefer double-stitched, as here the handle will stop and this will generate some pressure when sheathing the knife.

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Goert.

the sharper your knife - the easier your life!


see you at the Fällkniven forum


 
foxhunter
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10-19-08 06:13.27 - Post#1664585    


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Stage 6

shaping the blade section and sewing till the tip

Use your fingertips to shape the wet leather till it tends to stay in shape. Stitch always in the corner where the leather folds. Easier to show than to describe. So watch the images.

Important:
as the tip will bend to fiollow the blade shape, the outer pre-stitching will need a slightly longer distance between the holes than on the inside of the bend. So be careful and place the awl accordingly.

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Goert.

the sharper your knife - the easier your life!


see you at the Fällkniven forum


 
foxhunter
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10-19-08 06:21.22 - Post#1664588    


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the tip of the sheath:

when you reach the tip, carefully shape the leather and sew it together. re-stitch the latest three or four stitches to secure the ends of the thread and carfeully cut the fathom.

carefully use the sharp knife to cut away the surplus leather.

IMPORTANT: leave an "ear" standing at the top of the sheath. Make a hole into the ear and put a thick thread as dangler loop through. Secure with a knot.

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Goert.

the sharper your knife - the easier your life!


see you at the Fällkniven forum


 
foxhunter
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10-19-08 06:28.28 - Post#1664591    


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sewing done!

you can store the sheathed knife at a dry place and let the leather dry round the knfie. As the knife is protected by the vaseline and plastic foil, it will be unaffected.

One or two days later, carefully remove the knife, unwrap it and try to resheath.

If this is difficult as the sheath is rather tight, use some more vaseline to make the sheath slippery inside. Put the knife in and out repeatedly and you will notice it soon becomes smooth and functional.

Eventually use some abrasive or a small file to finish the edges of the sheath. As well it´s a good idea to use some shoepolish on the outside of the sheath. Those who wish can add more decoration to the leather.

If necessary clean the handle after the vaseline fitting procedure and oil the wood again. New sheaths tend to soak oil out of recently finished wooden handles. So be prepared to re-oil them now and then.

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Goert.

the sharper your knife - the easier your life!


see you at the Fällkniven forum


 
Manic Jowey
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10-19-08 06:48.57 - Post#1664601    


    In response to foxhunter

This is a nice tutorial Goert, it seems easier than what I do, thansks for the info!
Knives, Man's oldest friend.


 
PWork
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10-19-08 06:51.54 - Post#1664606    


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Well done Goert.

This needs to be stickyfied.....
Paul



 


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