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How to work Kydex
« on: April 26, 2009, 12:28:53 pm »

It was suggested to me that others might be interested in this information.
I haven't ordered this stuff yet, but it looks very good to me, and I intend to.
The source is a well respected craftsman who makes sheaths for knives.
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"Kitchen Kydex" 3 DVD set with Workbook

"Yeah, it costs money, and I know you're supposed to be able to get all the info you need for free on the internet, but here's the deal: while there IS a lot of good information on it, there is also quite a bit of erroneous and/or incomplete information there as well. If you don't have a good "Ignorance and BS" filter installed on your computer, you can be led down a lot of wrong paths. Although working with kydex is easy enough to do, it is also easy enough to do badly. "The devil's in the details" as they say, and the details are in the DVD set and Workbook. What I did with the DVD set and workbook was to explain some principles, lay out some guidelines and safety procedures, then walk you through four different projects (tool holster, magazine carrier, knife sheath, and IWB pistol holster) that after completion, should have you pretty well grounded in working with kydex. Also show how to build your own kydex press and give you a design that can be used to hold straight walled items that don't have good "locking" shapes, such as pistol magazines and many multi-tools. It's a blueprint for success. Using my design pattern and a 1 sq.' piece of kydex, you can make 4 items that routinely cost $25-$40 each. The DVD set will pay for itself! I have yet to have anyone say it was NOT worth the money, and many who have said it was. You can get it from www.TRSDirect.com (559-732-5317; 1- 800-899-8153). http://www.trsdirect.com/KK-77.html (Ad's a little bit "over-the-top", but that's TRS's style), but if you buy the set directly from me, you can always ask questions and use me as a troubleshooting resource."

http://www.rivercitysheaths.com/dvd.html

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More stuff on working Kydex.
Free info and articles.

http://paracordsecrets.com/
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Re: How to work Kydex
« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2009, 10:13:05 am »

I've been think that this might make a viable small business. Not that you would get rich doing it.
Anyway, I found more stuff of interest.

This is a picture tutorial using a heat gun. These folks also sell supplies like Kydex sheets.
http://www.northcoastknives.com/northcoast_knives_tutorials_kydexsheath.htm
http://www.northcoastknives.com/northcoast_knives_tutorials_kydexsheath2.htm


Here is a utube video of  knife sheath making.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lczZWgN4Kg

This  site has kits, supplies, and tools.
http://www.knifekits.com/vcom/index.php?kk_products_sheath_main.htm~smain
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Re: How to work Kydex
« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2009, 12:14:36 pm »

So, for those of us who missed the memo, what *is*  kydex?
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Re: How to work Kydex
« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2009, 07:53:26 am »

So, for those of us who missed the memo, what *is*  kydex?


Sorry.
It is a plastic that is thermo molded, and often used to make sheaths and holsters.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kydex

Firearm holsters
Knife sheaths
Machine housing
Instrument consoles
Truck cargo liners
Lavatory pans
Door liners
Kick plates
Seat backs
Aircraft pull-down trays
Truck fenders
Trays and tote boxes
Motor covers
Safety helmets
Aircraft fairing
Air exhaust systems
KYDEX® sheet is a non-porous material, which is easily molded into shape by heating, forming, and cooling the material. Kydex is used in Obsession Telescopes and by other telescope makers. Typically it is supplied in sheets of varying thickness, which can be cut into shape and formed. KYDEX® sheet is advertised to have a number of advantages over leather in forming holsters and other similar items, including:

waterproof
scratch resistant with a Rockwell "R" scale hardness of 90
holds its shape
will not stretch or shrink under normal conditions
low friction"
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