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    I have been experimenting with an idea. I know that some types of plastic are pretty easy to work with. The cloudy plastic jugs that are used for milk jugs here in the USA are pretty malleable... When I watched a video of how kydex sheaths are made, I said to myself, "I bet other kinds of plastic could be used for that." I was right. This is just a preliminary experiment. I bet some of the super talented dudes on this site will perfect better methods.... so here's the basic idea (hope you like it).

    This is the kind of plastic you need.



    This is what you can make with it.



    First, you have to clamp it as tight around the knife as you can.



    Then add heat. I used the heat gun shown, but you can also put the plastic in boiling water for a while and then clamp.



    Let it cool and add grommets. And this is what you get.



    It stays in pretty good. Here it's set up to be a necker.


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    very cool!

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    good job man!
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    Ok thats very cool!

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    Very resourceful!

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    Mu ha ha ! Most excellent Dr. Kydex-stien

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    Nice, I like it, you could make red ones out of the red folgers plastic container.

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    ...and orange ones from Tide detergent jugs
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    OK this is one of the best and cheapest pieces of home made gear I have seen. What a great idea! I love the resourcefulness of the members here and appreciate the fact that things don't need to be expensive to be good. Bravo!
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    Quote Originally Posted by skab0311 View Post
    Nice, I like it, you could make red ones out of the red folgers plastic container.

    Or blue ones from a Maxwell house container. Very cool idea though.
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