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Title: My First Knife Case
Post by: Midnight Blue on October 08, 2007, 01:13:45 pm
Just recently got a sewing machine and it had been years since I'd used one back in jr.high. Here is my first attempt at making a knife case.

http://fludunlimited.informe.com/viewtopic.php?t=531
Title: Re: My First Knife Case
Post by: coloradohermit on October 08, 2007, 03:54:54 pm
Nice job. Isn't it fun to resurrect a new/old skill?  I see home ec being added to the homeschooling curriculum.  :laugh:
Title: Re: My First Knife Case
Post by: da gooch on October 08, 2007, 10:25:50 pm

Interesting.

Being a guy I never had any sewing machine training so I learned to sew by hand. {Mom did some instructional stuff}
Then years at sea sewing sails back together. They don't require pretty stitches just stout thread and Lots of stitches.
For a knife sheath/case I usually use leather.
I guess because it takes less stitches to hold together than cloth.
Most of my sheaths wind up looking like a traditional belt knife sheath or an indian artifact of purely functional design.

I guess I'd best leave the pretty stuff to folks with machines.

Nice job. Is that faux sheepskin I see as a liner ?
Title: Re: My First Knife Case
Post by: Midnight Blue on October 10, 2007, 02:06:08 pm
Nice job. Isn't it fun to resurrect a new/old skill?  I see home ec being added to the homeschooling curriculum.  :laugh:

You see, I took sewing back in 8th grade and almost flunked. It wasn't due to not being able to sew, but rather disliking the teacher and not liking the projects. I wanted to sew what I wanted to sew.

Yes it is always fun to pick back up a skill I haven't used in awhile, I do it with many things. Home Ec is definately going to be part of the homeschooling.
Title: Re: My First Knife Case
Post by: Midnight Blue on October 10, 2007, 02:11:33 pm

Interesting.

Being a guy I never had any sewing machine training so I learned to sew by hand. {Mom did some instructional stuff}
Then years at sea sewing sails back together. They don't require pretty stitches just stout thread and Lots of stitches.

As I said above, sewing machines have not been part of my life since 8th grade, but I am enjoying it so far since I get to sew what I want this time. I have used hand sewing (self taught) for repairing clothing and such quite a few times. The seams are inside so I don't care that they aren't the greatest.  :laugh:

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For a knife sheath/case I usually use leather.
I guess because it takes less stitches to hold together than cloth.
Most of my sheaths wind up looking like a traditional belt knife sheath or an indian artifact of purely functional design.

I guess I'd best leave the pretty stuff to folks with machines.

Leather is something I plan on working with eventually. The knife cases I make at the moment are for folders though.

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Nice job. Is that faux sheepskin I see as a liner ?

Thank you and yes it is faux sheep fuzzies. I'm not sure of the actual name of the fabric as I told my husband just go to the fabric store and get the kind you want for the liner.
Title: Making Knives and Sheaths.
Post by: gaurdduck on August 14, 2009, 03:47:58 pm
Being a hobby blade-smith, I actually decided to dig up an old thread on the subject. I needed a place to post the progress of a fishing/field dressing knife I'm working on.
Title: Re: My First Knife Case
Post by: da gooch on August 14, 2009, 09:36:20 pm

Interesting GD.

Is that copper tubing holding a carbon steel blade ?

What keeps it stable in the handle ?



I do something similar with "found" blades.
I have found several folding knife blades lying loose on the ground and when I do I put a handle on them so that they are a useful knife again rather than throwing them away and wasting the metal that's already shaped and tempered.

I use different kinds of tubing [mostly steel and aluminum tubing] and J-B Weld as the "filler" to make a permanent attachment.
Some of them I used flat stock for a handle.  I drill holes to match the holes in the blade and bolt it together with small bolts.

I'll see if I can get my digital camera back online and take a couple of shots of knives I have "saved".

Creativity is a very valuable skill you know ....
Title: Re: My First Knife Case
Post by: gaurdduck on August 15, 2009, 08:38:20 am

Interesting GD.

Is that copper tubing holding a carbon steel blade ?


Yup. I hand forged the blade from one of those brackets that hold pipes to the ceiling. The thick ones.
I tempered it on my stove, and then ground it down some with a file. The handle is a scrap piece of copper
gas-line, which I crimped to the blade yesterday. Later I'll add a steel or copper rivet to make it hold better.
I still have to polish the blade and pipe, and plug the other end. Once plugged, I'll glue a knapped piece of
sea shell, so that the mother of pearl shows as a pommel. I'll probably hot blue the blade.
Title: Re: My First Knife Case
Post by: gaurdduck on August 18, 2009, 05:20:07 pm
More Knives


The blued one is finished, the others are works in progress.
Title: Re: My First Knife Case
Post by: Bear on August 18, 2009, 06:38:55 pm
Hey GD,

What is the cause of the pattern on the blade?

Bear
Title: Re: My First Knife Case
Post by: gaurdduck on August 18, 2009, 06:46:37 pm
Those are small dents left over from the forging process.
I leave them in because they sell better that way.
I guess that's because perfectly polished blades are boring,
there is also the worry that you might scratch the finish.
I have even made purposely distressed blades before. ^ _ ^
Title: Re: My First Knife Case
Post by: gaurdduck on September 23, 2009, 03:41:28 am
Oooh, look guys, It's a spammer!
One who doesn't understand quotes.
One who treats my words as his own.

@$$h0l3!
Title: Re: My First Knife Case
Post by: da gooch on September 23, 2009, 10:47:01 pm
Oops I guess I missed s/he-it.

Yawn ... was it really exciting ?
Title: Re: My First Knife Case
Post by: bull on September 23, 2009, 11:02:21 pm
Midnight Blue , nice job .  i do sow and have 2 treadle singer and a new brothers machine.
and if i wonted anything done growning of i had to do it . i have huge hand and it can be trying but i knock out repairs and
quilts from time to time. i have found that vertical sheaths with an extra long loop allow the sheath to move with out caching or hanging up while working or setting.
Title: Re: My First Knife Case
Post by: gaurdduck on September 24, 2009, 03:22:44 am
Oops I guess I missed s/he-it.

Yawn ... was it really exciting ?

Yeah, but I told a mod and they got the bastard.
Title: Re: My First Knife Case
Post by: jake1 on January 08, 2010, 11:54:48 am
Just recently got a sewing machine and it had been years since I'd used one back in jr.high. Here is my first attempt at making a knife case.

http://fludunlimited.informe.com/viewtopic.php?t=531

That's a nice 'knife case' Can we request different styles of that case?
Title: Re: My First Knife Case
Post by: Kwan Lee on March 07, 2010, 03:30:56 am
I think you all were replying to a spam thread. I suggest you to take a look at the original pot's word "Making" he has linked it to another site.

But the knife case is really beautiful. :)
Title: Re: My First Knife Case
Post by: gaurdduck on March 07, 2010, 02:02:11 pm
When the weather gets up to the 70's I'll be grinding a seax from a really old file.