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    I have these knives uo to the stage where the handles are having the finish applied so today I started on the sheaths.
    I got in a new double shoulder of 3mm (1/8) cowhide so marked out the patterns with as little waste as possible.

    I had a little lefy from the previous piece so made up a couple to make sure my new patterns were fitting the knives propperly and then cut out the rest.

    With the belt loops sewn in and the welt glued in I will leave them till the adjustable U groover gets here to make the turn over of the back to the front much easier. A friend showed me his and how he runs a couple of grooves down the inside of the sheath either side of the center line and the leather folds over and lies much flatter for punching the stitch holes.

    Before I started this morning I made a third hand to make the stitching much easier and when I stitched u the couple of trial sheaths I was quite impressed with how much easier it is compared to how I had been doing it for the last near 50 years.
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    So this is the knives as they stand at the moment. They still have to have the final blade finish and be sharpened.
    First are some hunter skinners and this first one with cocoboloscales I was going to keep for myself, but will probably sell it on as I have some lovely wood coming from the US, thanks again to FrankG who has made much of this possible by sourcing and shipping various goodies for me.

    walnut and ebony

    walnut and jarah

    A wapiti hunter in walnut and hickory
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    and a few boners
    First is a special order companion knife to go with a light hunter in the same walnut and jarah shipped of a short while back

    One for myself in a specail piece of walnut cut from my late fathers yard in the early 80's

    And a plain walnut one just to start getting one or two ahead for casual sales.

    I seem to have missed getting a pic of a general hunter in walnut and jarah but it is on the bench anyway and as ready as these are.
    In this pic of them in the sheaths that still have to be hot wax dipped there is three extra that are still to be finished. On the far left is my own personal light hunter in a fantastic piece of olivewood and buffalo horn that I will show propperly when it is finished with the top left being a new killing knife (for the sheep) with walnut and copper pins, and a little field scalpel with buffaol horn scales.
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    Outstanding sir.Please keep the updates coming.
    Good luck.Have fun.Be safe.
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    Von Gruff
    I always enjoy pics of your work and your videos but I'm confused by the third hand you mentioned.
    Could you describe it or post a pic? Ive been doing my own leatherwork for about 50 yrs also and while my technique has changed over the years I often wish I had a ( third hand )

    While I've used several types of sheaths over the years the type I've settled on as the best is exactly like yours.

    Thanks, Woody
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    The third hand is just a small holding jig I made in 5 minutes. I cut the housing rebate with a minimum taper so the legs have a very slight bias toward the top to be just under the width of the sheath when it is in place so it holds it firm.


    The small wooden knife between the legs is to keep them from marking the sheath with too much pressure. They are sanded very smooth but a strip of light leather glued to them would be added insurance against scuffing the leather. I can sit in my easy chair to do the sewing as it fits comfortably between my thighs without my having to hold it so a relaxing position.

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    I did a short video of the hot waxing of the sheaths this morning

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2jz...ature=youtu.be
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    Great video VG!
    You can miss fast & you can miss a lot, but only hits count.

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    Thanks, I'll make one of those

    Is the wax in the video straight bees wax? Ive been using olive oil but bet the bees wax would be better. I keep bees so wax is not an issue.
    Some people live and learn but I mostly just live

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    The wax is paraffin wax. I got the tip from a professional knifemaker so havent tried bees wax. If you had plenty it might be worth a try on some scrap leather to see how it went.
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    These three are quite special for me for the people they remind me of.
    The boner with 4 3/4 in 15N20 blade has scales from a walnut tree I felled on my late fathers yard in the early 80's.

    The light hunter with 3 5/8 N690 blade has buffalo horn bolsters from a friend in South Africa and end grain olivewood given to me by a retiring knifemaker friend.

    The field scalpel with 2 3/4 N690 blade has buffalo horn scales from a few horn tip given to me by a friend in the US.

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