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Old 07-22-2007, 10:40 PM
Rodney Rasberry Rodney Rasberry is offline
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Getting belt loop smoother ?

I can?t seem to get the belt loop portion of my sheath smoothed up. My loop is an integral part of the sheath and when I fold it over to form the loop the rough side is out. Any hints, opinions or words of advice on how I can get this area to look a little nicer?

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Old 07-22-2007, 10:50 PM
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Rodney: Assuming you are not going to line the sheath, there are a couple of things you can try. First be as selective as possible when picking your leather for tight, smooth fiber on the flesh (back) side of the leather. You can use Feibing's TanKote to seal and give the flesh side a more finished look. This really dresses up the looks of good leather but if you've got the fuzzy stuff you are pretty well without much choice. Leather selection and TanKote will go a long way toward solving your problem,

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Old 07-23-2007, 06:04 AM
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If you lined the loop on the outside it would then be as smooth as the rest of the sheath.





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Old 07-23-2007, 09:23 AM
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In some sheaths you might be able to turn the extension for the belt loop into the interior of the sheath instead of the exterior. This would give you the top grain only showing. Either that or you can make a separate belt loop and then attach to the outside.


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Old 07-23-2007, 10:01 AM
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Rodney; My first response was based on assumptions that: You are a more causual maker as opposed a semi pro and as such do not have various weights of leather on hand; That you were making a pouch type sheath with integral loop.

My good friend, Sandy gave you some really good advise if you are making a blade type sheath and can roll the loop in reverse, and the seperate loop is always a great solution. Just remember to sew the loop on before you fold it up and glue for final stitching. (This piece of advise come to you because I have learned it the hard way)

Mike's advise is good also, but it would cause you to have addititonal lighter weight leather on hand.

I try to answer questions based on what I "guess" the maker's inventory and equipment status is and sometimes I assume less than is the case.

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Old 07-23-2007, 11:35 AM
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All of the above, or.........
To put a smoothsmooth finish on the back/flesh side of any veg tan...While this method will never be as "smooth" as the face side of the leather, it can give (depending on the tightness of the leather) a nice finish with a difference - just another tool in one's "arsenal"

You will need dye (if you plan on dying), Gum Tragacanth, Fiebing Leather Balm with Atom Wax, your favorite finish (I like Fiebing Bag Kote, but for the inside/back side, one of the acrylic finishes such as Resolene or Super Shene will work good without being too glossy), and a good bone or antler burnisher.
1) Dye if so planned, when about half to three quarters dry, dry burnish first with a clean coarse cloth (old jeans or canvas) - rub in all directions at first, but watch and see if the "nap" raises - if it does raisem rub only in the direction to press it down.
2) Once completely dry - rub off any remaining dye powder residue and then apply a good coat of Gum Trag. Burnish again - this time using first the cloth and then use an antler or bone burnisher. Add a second coat, let dry and burnish.
3) Repeat step two only use the Leather Balm.
4) Finally add a coat of finish.....
Hope this helps........


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Old 07-23-2007, 01:05 PM
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you can make a separate belt loop and then attach to the outside.
95% of my lifetime's sheaths have been done that way - separate loop - much easier to make and various thicknesses of leathers aren't needed.



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