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Knifemaking - Criollo Knife Leather Sheath
A traditional style criollo sheath.

Order Details:
-Traditional style criollo leather sheath with some decorations.

Sheath making process
Making a mold out of paper according to the blade's shape. (Pictures 1 and 2)

I draw the contour of the blade taking into consideration the extra material for the stitching and the thickness of the leather. (Picture 3)

Cutting the drawn mold with scissors. (Pictures 4, 5 and 6)

Finished paper mold. (Picture 7)

I place double glue tape to get the leather to stick and be able to cut the contour of the paper mold. (Picture 8)

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Cutting the leather piece out of a sheath sheet. (Picture 9)

Final sheath piece. (Picture 10)

I put glue and then glue the leather together. (Pictures 11, 12 and 13)

I smooth the contour on the band sander. (Pictures 14)

I use a compass to draw a line parallel to the border (4mm) (Pictures 15 and 16)

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I mark the future holes for stitching and drill them using a 2mm diameter bit. (Pictures 17 and 18)

I saw the leather. (Pictures 19, 20 and 21)

I get the sheath wet using a sponge and water. (Pictures 22 and 23)

I wrap the blade in saran wrap so it doesn't get moist. (Picture 24)

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I wrap the blade in saran wrap so it doesn't get moist. (Picture 24)

I place the knife inside the sheath. (Picture 25)

Then I press it between two flat pieces of wood to avoid marks on the leather for about 2-4 hours. (Pictures 26 and 27)

After the leather dried up. (Pictures 28 and 29)

Making a paper mold of the belt clip (I recommend using paper as it allows me to make several easy and inexpensive test on it and pick up the most convenient one) (Pictures 30, 31 and 32)

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Making the clip draft on a 1.5mm thick layer of stainless 304 (Pictures 33 and 34)

Clip draft. (Picture 35)

Bending the metal to match the contour of the sheath. (Pictures 36, 37, 38, 39 and 40)

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Welding both borders with an oxy-acetylene torch. (Pictures 41 and 42)

I get rid of the extra material on the welded part on the band sander. (Picture 43)

After sanding. (Picture 44)

I place the clip on the leather sheath and make two holes on each side. (Pictures 45 and 46)

I round a piece of hard wood (I used Guayacan for this one) til it has 1/4" diameter. (Picture 47)

I place the wooden pegs to keep the clip in place. (Pictures 48 and 49)

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I cut a piece of stainless 304 pipe (1" diameter and 1.5mm thickness) (Pictures 50 and 51)

I cut off a piece to match the pipe to the tip of the sheath. (Pictures 52 and 53)

I repeat the drilling process I did on the clip on this piece. (Pictures 54 and 55)

I add a leather piece to match my design so I can put the same wooden pegs to the tip metal piece and secure it to the sheath. (Picture 56)

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I drill the leather piece. (Picture 57)

With some metal piecs heated on the kitchen I mark the leather. (Pictures 58 and 59)

I cover the metal parts with masking tape and then I use an aerograph to dye the sheath black. (Picture 60)

It took me 16 hours to finish the sheath.

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Finished Sheath
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