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Old 11-15-2016, 07:59 PM
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Obenauf's. Two coats. Doesn't darken the dyed leather that I can tell, soaks in, offers moisture protection. Made for boots, works great on sheaths. Rub it on & rub it in, set it aside and it will soak in. Easy-peasy, simple and effective.

From the research I've done, if you wet form a sheath, putting a lot of weatherproofing on has a tendency to soften the leather. You want a hard sheath after wet forming so as to hold the knife secure.

Now if you don't wet form or use some type of retention strap with snap, well...YMMV.


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Old 11-15-2016, 08:16 PM
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Dave, lots of YouTube's out there with sheath making. This one I found particularly informative.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5Lm7acG3k0

Now he makes them a little different using a "dangler" to hang the sheath from, rather than a belt loop, but his sheaths are beautiful and the workmanship is great. You can adapt your sheath as you wish but I found Sandy's two videos informative and most especially helpful in getting straight the order of work, step by step.

The order you do things in is kind of critical. For instance, I once glued on the belt loop. Then I glued in the welt and folded and glued the sheath closed. Very nice, flawless finish, looking great....
Then I realized I had not yet stitched the belt loop to the sheath pouch. DOH! You can't run a harness needle inside a closed sheath. The belt loop has to be stitched on before folding the sheath and gluing. I've actually written down, step by step. After several dozen and a few failures thrown in I think I have my basic leather sheath design and steps, down pat. Still have to pay attention however.

Anyway. Hope this helps.



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WNC...man I hate when that happens! Along with flipping a pattern and making a left-hander by mistake. (Hard to get rid of a left handed sheath).
May have to try a little Rem oil on some scrap just to see how it reacts to diff. dyes and leather tempers.


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WNC...man I hate when that happens! Along with flipping a pattern and making a left-hander by mistake. (Hard to get rid of a left handed sheath).
May have to try a little Rem oil on some scrap just to see how it reacts to diff. dyes and leather tempers.
I sold a knife a couple months ago. Guy wanted a left hand sheath. Sheesh that taxed my little brain trying to keep straight in my head doing it backwards!


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