New Sheath for the Opinel #8

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  1. GoodPhotos

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    I LOVE the Opinel #8 knives. (well, I like the #6 & #7s too, but the #8 is perfect for my hand.)
    I find it uncomfortable in my front pocket though.

    I like some of the horizontal carry sheaths I see on Etsy, but feels kinda silly to put a $12 knife in an $80 sheath.

    I bought the Opinel branded 'leather' sheath a while ago, I like the dangler design, but the 'leather' seems of the bonded variety and I have heavier weight t-shirts.

    Like most Americans, I had the day off today, so I grabbed some scrap boot grade leather, used the Opinel branded sheath as an eyeball pattern (freehand/scissors), grabbed a snap and clasp that I had in a 'junk drawer' that were just waiting for such a project, took the SpeedySticher out of my go bag, an hour later I have this:
    OpinelSheath.jpg OpinelSheathBack.jpg

    It's a little rough, (again, freehand with scissors, not die cut) but I'm pretty happy with it. :)
     
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2019
  2. DarrylM

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    I have an Opi #7 that doesn't feel right in the bottom of a pocket. I like the lobster clasp on a belt loop idea. Good work.
     
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    @GoodPhotos I like that a whole lot better than those $80 ones. Not finished yet but I'm working on a double for my #8 and a flashlight the same size.
     
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    Sweet work. Prov 27:17
     
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    I like that one a lot! Good job!
     
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    Nice work, you did a great job on it I like the snap hook man.
     
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    Very nice job there and it’ll get even better with time.
     
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    I like it! Good job! I am a huge Opinel fan.
     
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    Very nice.

    I made a neck carry sheath for my #8. IMG_20181118_133453447~2.jpg
     
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    Very nice made
     
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    Looks great Brother
     
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    Great job, the NO. 8 is an underrated knife and mine gets a ton of work" its my go-to lightweight backing knife because it slices dried salami, spreads peanut butter, makes a fire stick and throws a mean spark off my ferro rod. I get what you mean about it being uncomfortable in your front pocket. I usually stick mine in my back pocket vertically along side my wallet. Now I need to make me a sheath.
     
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    Great job!
     
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    Nice job on the sheath, like the lobster claw dangler!
    Ive owned , lost and destroyed quite a few opinels over the years. Always come RAZOR sharp, and because they're
    cheap (only in price not construction) or shall we say inexpensive Im never heartbroken if I trash one at work.
    I honestly think that the low price they sell for is the reason they dont get the respect they should.
    TOOmany people think only a $100 knife is any good.
    Low price was what attracted me to opinel and mora both and neither have come ANYWHERE near disappointing me EVER. Got my first mora knife for $10 33yrs ago and damn if they still arent the same price.
    Forget what i paid for my first opinel but the price is still pretty much the same after 25 yrs or so.
    I like the looks of the child safety blade with the blunt tip, looks like it would be better for food prep IMHO
     
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    Very nice indeed!
    I also love my Opinels.... I'm slightly ashamed to say I have snapped the blade on two of them (over the course of 30 years of use). No... don't ask!
     
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    My wife and I used to spend a lot of time on Cape Cod camping, fishing, and riding motorcycles, one day about 35 years ago we were walking along the waters edge at Head of the Meadow Beach looking for odd sea shells, I thought I saw a Razor Clam being washed up on the beach with the surf, it turned out to be an Opinel #9, it was pretty rusted up, mostly surface rust with very little pitting.
    I almost threw it back into the water but instead dried it off and put it in my wind breaker pocket and forgot about it, a couple of weeks later I was wearing the same wind breaker and rediscovered the Opinel, I had to use a pair of pliers to get the blade open, I took the knife apart and soaked the metal parts in a vinegar solution, then put the wooden handle in salt to dry it out.
    I honestly don't remember ever seeing or handling an Opinel knife before finding this one, and all the while that I spent tying to save the knife I kidded myself about how foolish I was being when I could just buy a new one for less than ten bucks after learning about Opinel.
    Well I did manage to clean it up, get it back together and sharpened, and like most people who own one I found that it wasn't just another cheap throw away knife, I still have that knife and have used it many times while camping, hunting, and fishing, while I do own quite a few expensive bushcraft and sporting knives, this little #9 Opinel is special, Every time I use it I'm reminded of that day on the beach with my bride when I picked it up, and often wonder where it had been, who owned it, and how it became lost.
    Today it has the greatest natural patina of any knife I've ever seen, it's a cross between old school browning and modern hot blue, I do love that little knife.
     
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    can you post a picture of it? We would love to see it!
     
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    Very nice brawdy! I just done a little work to a #8 my sister gave me this week!! I believe you will appreciate it too!
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    I had bought the sheath in a kit from hobby lobby a while back when I happen to catch their leather stuff 30% off. It's nothing fancy but I like it! Thanks for sharing your creation and your fondness of a great knife!!
     
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    Nice! sheath like that brother, that is a nice patina on the blade too.
     
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