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Make a Sgian Dubh Sheath

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This tutorial was posted on the forum by BCL member 'Water Boatman'

I thought it would be interesting to make the sheath for my Sgian Dubh as a, sort of, tutorial.. I'll take pics as i go along, and post them on this thread. It may take a little while, because I am making it up as I go along..

I know in my head what I want the sheath to look like and what I want to be able to do: traditionally, tucked in the top of the sock (hope that's the right word ) but also, as a belt and/or neck knife. I hope I'll succeed in this..

So to start:
This is the knife:

The front part of the sheath is going to be moulded rawhide, because its very strong and thinner than leather.The back is vegtan leather. The whole thing will be cover in either thin pig skin or some imitation snake skin.

I made the mould, nothing fancy or elaborate as you can see:

The male part of the mould is slightly bigger than the actual knife, because its going to be partially lined inside.

These are all the bits and bobs I am going to use:

first you have to soak your rawhide:

Then you clamp it in the mould and wait for it to dry;

I used a few brass pins to nail the hide before I clamped it to keep it as tight as I could. As you can see, it's lying nice and flat.

Part two

As I said at the start, I am making this sheath up as I go along! So a couple of changes: the back is going to be rawhide too, I am going to use a brass D ring and add a belt loop with a large press stud. And I am going to cover the sheath with thin pig skin and dye it, as I don't want something that will clash with the grain of the burr Elm.

These pics show the moulded front after its dried , it's curled up along the waste parts, but the sheath itself hasn't.

After I cut it to size

You may see how translucent the hide is


0 #1 http:// 2014-03-21 19:46
Aw, this was a very nice post. Spending some time and actual effort to
create a really good article… but what can I say…
I procrastinate a whole lot and don't manage
to get anything done.

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