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Old 01-12-2018, 04:18 PM
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Didn't get any progress pics on this one, sorry about that.

I bought a new forging hammer right after Christmas and needed to break it in so I hammered out this little blade. Didn't have much intention of finishing it, but it kind of grew on me as I went and next thing I knew I was making a sheath and sharpening it. I didn't put a whole lot of effort into polishing it, I will probably carry it some this winter and put it through its paces.

The handle is natural linen micarta, the blade is from a leaf spring off a jeep. Sheath is 8-10oz tooling leather, hand stitched.

The hammer I bought is a Mustad brand turning hammer, has a round face and a flat face. The head is short and fat with fairly big striking surfaces for a 2.25 lb hammer. Handle is long and whiplike. It comes back up off the anvil faster than anything I've ever tried before. Puts you into a nice rhythm and doesn't wear your arm out as much. I have always favored heavier hammers with shorter handles, but this one will probably be my go to hammer from now on.
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Old 01-12-2018, 05:36 PM
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That came out very nice. I've always preferred a smaller blade.
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Old 01-12-2018, 05:53 PM
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Very nice work Matt. Looks to be a very useful size.
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How bout a pic of the hammer?
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Old 01-12-2018, 10:06 PM
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Oh Wow. I started out reading this thread with only nominal interest but that little knife is really charming.
Very nice, Matt! And as always, I love the maker's mark.
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Everything you do it is so understated. Well, I was tinkering around and I came up with this. Whether it's a knife or leather work it's all top shelf work Please continue to post your work even if you think it's a nothing project we all enjoy your craftsmanship. Your in the same class with Jen when she picks up a hammer and decides to school us with one of her projects.
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Old 01-12-2018, 11:10 PM
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Thanks guys

I will try to post more info on the hammer tomorrow.
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Nicely proportioned,well done. I too prefer the smaller blades. Thanks for the pics.

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Another nicely done job Matt!!

One thing I’ve noticed on some sheaths, is the ‘tip’ takes a lot of wear and such. I’ve resewn a couple because the end started to open up. I always wondered about adding a rivet right at the tip. As a repair there likely wouldn’t be enough material, new it could be allowed for. Any thoughts?


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Old 01-13-2018, 12:13 PM
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Thanks guys

As far as rivets, I rarely use them for knife sheaths. I actually needed to hide a hole I punched using a straight pin to align the pieces while I was gluing this one up, and that is the main reason for the rivet on this one.

There is no harm in using rivets, and putting one at the mouth of the sheath where the leather is more likely to get cut isn't a bad idea at all.

The thing about the tip on a folded sheath is there isn't a lot of room to get the rivet close to the tip, and keep it completely in the welt.The fold in the leather takes up a lot of room, unless you really gouge your crease out which I try to avoid.

I find hand stitching to be just about as strong as the rivets if you follow good practices. I use a quality glue like leatherweld, I rough up the grain side of the welt so that I'm not trying to bond to smooth leather, and I use a double needle saddle stitch that is backstitched at least 2 stitches at the end. Machine stitches seem to be very prone to unraveling due to the lockstitch method they use, especially at the ends. I have done a lot of repair work on machine stitches, but don't think I've ever had to fix something hand stitched.

The other knife pictured here is one I carry about 9 months out of the year. It rides horizontally on my belt just to the left of the buckle (don't carry it in winter as its obnoxious to re-sheath it with 2 shirts and a coat overhanging it). That sheath is about 2 years old and you can see the tip is still nice and tight. You can also see how far from the tip I stopped stitching. I probably could have stuck one more stitch in there but I like to be solidly in the welt. I think if you catch just the edge of the welt, the stitch is more likely to loosen up and start unravelling.

I have nothing against rivets but I think they are a little redundant if everything else is done right.

I did use copper harness rivets to attach the belt loop on the horizontal sheath. That joint gets flexed back and forth nine million times a day (approximately haha), and if you miss the mouth of the sheath and slide the point of the knife in there you could hit the stitching since there isn't a welt on the belt loop.
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