Recently, a Green River Patch Knife came into my possession. These knives typically comes with grip kits where you can cut, finish, and install your own grips, but this one was just the blade - no grips, no sheath. It's a very thin knife that already had a razor edge on it, so my first modification was an installation of a paracord handle wrap. It isn't anything fancy and is likely only going to be a temporary solution, but it was cheap and is functional, and it also provides me with an extra few feet of cord should I ever need to unwind and use it.
But this knife also needed a carry sheath. This was the first attempt I've ever made to work leather. I had a nice sheet of rough, brown leather that was large enough to cut two sheaths from. The first sheath was planned to be an inside-the-belt sheath that lets me carrying inside my waistband very close against my hip. I prefer to carry this way with an un-tucked shirt because it keeps it out of view. Even though the blade length is the same, people seem to be more nervous about a fixed blade knife than about folding ones. The second sheath is a simple belt sheath with loop and is still a work in progress.
I applied a thin strip of rubber cement to glue just the outsides of both leather pieces together - one on top of the other - and let it sit overnight.
So, now that this project is wrapped up, here are a couple things I will most likely try to do differently on my next sheath:
- The leather I had was too rough. It holds onto the knife nicely, but it's a pain to try to put the knife back in when it is inside my waistband. I think I would also choose a thicker piece that would make the sheath walls more sturdy.
- I would buy the grommet installer thing.
- I would trace the sheath design on paper first - even though this turned out pretty close to how I envisioned it, once you start cutting this leather, you're pretty committed to the design you made.