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Dangler Concepts

Discussion in 'Blue Granite Bushcraft' started by hicountry, Apr 2, 2017.

  1. hicountry

    hicountry Blue Granite Bushcraft Vendor

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    Howdy from the smallest leather shop in the West !

    Leatherwork is a constant evolving thing,
    sometimes there is a need to re-think the work.

    Weird problem, some of the snaps on my danglers were coming undone.
    Snap companies outsource their materials, so some are great and have zero problems.
    Not all snaps are problematic, so yours might be just fine.

    I scored some original Swiss Army hardware from a surplus supplier.
    The lathe-turned rivet studs were what I was after for my Swiss rucksack remakes.
    They are awesome but take some practice to work with new leather.

    So I tried something new for my danglers.
    The Swiss rivet-studs were put to use for some sheath jobs I was doing.

    Dangler belt loop got an upgrade.
    Copper pin makes a nice contrast.
    Here is what I did :

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    Double is a bit overkill but looks great :
    I added a Chicago screw to compress the fit when it goes onto the D ring.

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    Folded over to make the loop :

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    My first try on my own personal use Koster :
    Chicago screw keeps the loop flatter on my belt.
    The relief cut for the Swiss stud was a little too high, but I can live with it.
    Loctite blue will allow removal of the screw.

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    Gossman Tusker got the double set-up and a screw coupler.
    You can see how it looks from the side :

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    XL Bushcrafter got the double set-up as well :
    Relief cuts were adjusted to a better position.

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    My Beck needed a steel screw coupler so a buddy machined it to fit the Beck sheath.
    I didn't want to unstitch Beck's sewing job,
    so the steel is 1-1/4"wide to match the sheath belt loop.

    Removable screw is in with Loctite blue.
    I added a single Swiss stud :

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    Little Skookum uses a single stud with copper pin :
    This was a recent job for a forum member.
    For a great knife, sheath and dangler got the 5-star treatment.

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    Heavy Machax got a wide loop with double studs :

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    Gransfors SFA got a heavy duty set-up because of the weight.
    Double studs :

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    Thanks for looking !
     
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    Those are awesome!!
     
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  3. hicountry

    hicountry Blue Granite Bushcraft Vendor

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    Thanks man, I added some more shots for ya'll.
    Let me know what you think !
     
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    Nice looking work man! I appreciate your attention to detail.
     
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    You selling these?
     
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    That's what I wanna know!
     
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  7. hicountry

    hicountry Blue Granite Bushcraft Vendor

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    Yes, I can do these through my Blue Granite vendor forum.
    Let me know what you want.
    PM me with your specs.
    Sky's the limit :42:
     
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    Looks really slick. I've not had an issue with snaps so far, but this certainly appears to be an upgrade.
     
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    That's my skookum pictured above.

    Robert does great work! I truly couldn't be happier with this sheath! It fits the knife like a glove and the finish is great!

    I'll definitely be getting more leather work from him!

    Jj
     
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    Those are really Nice!
     
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    hicountry Blue Granite Bushcraft Vendor

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    Thanks for the good words, guys.
    PM me for more info.
     
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    Those look great but I can't see the utility of them. They look like they would be very difficult to unhook (I understand that is the point) especially with them doubled. If you make the dangler so difficult to undo, why not just make a solid dangler like many do? It seems like it would be so much easier to just undo my belt and slide off a solid dangler compared to these. Just seems like unnecessary hardware and weight in that case. How difficult are they to undo?
     
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    Did you read the original post? If you understand the point is that they don't come unhooked easy why are you asking the question?

    You can unhook them if need be.
    The rivets are not heavy so weight is not an issue.

    I prefer a more secure dangler. The woods here in the Smokies are much thicker than say somewhere like Buffalo NY. Theres just too much of a chance for regular snaps to get popped loose here where I go.

    I like the peace of mind knowing that my 400.00 knife is safe and sound.

    Jj
     
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    You missed my point. If you make the dangler so much harder to undo, why not just make a solid dangler? That is why I asked how hard are they to undo. I feel it's a valid question. I respect your work, don't get me wrong and I get not wanting to lose an expensive knife.
     
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    Not my work. hicountry makes them. But I do own one of his sheaths and they are great!
    Jj
     
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    My apologies, I read your post and didn't look at the author.
     
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    It really depends what's on your belt. If the knife is the only item, a solid dangler might be a better option. But for me, I would carry a knife this size on my left hip, cross draw. That's the easiest deployment in my opinion. Then if you have a multi tool on your belt, and a pistol, as I always do, you'd have to remove all this to get your knife off.
     
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    Ok, thank you. That was the kind of information I was looking for. I can now see this as advantage in that situation. Nice leatherwork @hicountry !
     
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    Kona9 is actually right, if you just carry a knife and want to remove it from your belt,
    the hassle factor of sliding it off the end of the belt is your call.

    The Swiss studs are overkill for sure.
    I'm dropping the Chicago screw which is not really quick release.

    I'm one of the ones that had snaps fail on my favorite knife,
    that's what started the experiment.

    I carry a bushcraft duty belt when I'm out, it has 4-5 pouches and tools hanging on it.
    A buddy picked up my knife sheath off the ground with the snaps wide open.
    Not exactly sure how it happened but it did.
    It was a wake-up call for sure.

    The Swiss studs are super secure and look good to boot.
    Being lathe turned aluminum, they'll take a high polish or matt finish with steel wool.
    I'll be using them from now on.
     
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    LOOKS REALLY GOOD
     
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    Outstanding work, beautiful leather and SECURE dangler set-up...could't ask for anything more.
     
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    I for one like a simple yet effective removal sheath. I have always been looking for something that comes on and off easy. Never liked the Snap link D-ring for a knife, just seemed oversized. These look to be efficient and effective. And snazzy too!
     
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    Those are sweet I might need to make one or two. I love the hardware. Is it easy to find and something that will be around (new made) or just surplus?
     
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    hicountry Blue Granite Bushcraft Vendor

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    Tandy button studs work OK
    But if you saw them side by side with the Swiss army ones, you would see the huge difference.
    The Swiss material is the best I've seen.
    I'm getting more of these pretty soon.
     
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    The Swiss ones look much wider and I can see how they would function better.
     
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    Your work is very nice and the studs look quite secure. I have been carrying my knives on a D-ring dangler for a couple of years now, secured with snaps and have never had an issue, even when bushwhacking through the very dense country here in North Carolina. I prefer the snaps for the ease and convenience of putting it on and taking it off BUT... my knife is the only item I wear on my pants belt. When carrying a pistol, it is on a separate belt. I haven't tried the studs, maybe I should. Here's pictures of my setup: Knife Gallery -- Pics
     
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    I can say first hand that I have had dangler snaps open on almost every dangler that had snaps that I have ever used by many makers. I will never trust snaps again. I converted to rivets on the danglers that I still use.
    this seems like a secure solution that still allows removal without opening your belt. I give it a thumbs up.
     
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