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  1. rmil

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    @battle.munky ive never tried store bought shells. Your looking for the outer husk, not the shell surrounding the nut.
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    But that’s just for tree nuts. Lots of other items available at the store....Coffee, Tobacco, tea, almost anything that makes liquid change color will make leather do the same. Some better and more desirable than others. The color you get will depend on amount of time soaking. If I brushed on the dye it’d basically be unnoticeable. With the batch I’m using now I’ve found about 24 hours to be as dark as it’s gonna get.
     
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    Good to know and that is a much harder target to find! I think my mother in law has a bunch of wild black walnut growing on her land, I may have to harvest some next time they are in season.

    Also, I've tried coffee and tea and only tried painting it on like spirit dye. I have half a jar of instant coffee specifically for this still so I may need to get to soakin'!

    So basically anything that stains the sidewalk/driveway will do then.
     
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    I made this for my little Jennings J-22 Jam-O-Matic years ago. The gun has a bad rep because it cannot be dry fired without damaging the chamber. This causes jams. I repaired this one and it works fine.

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  4. rmil

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    @battle.munky walnut would work great. The coffee will be fine. Make a strong pot and boil it down a little more to remove even more water. Should be good to go! Post results whenever you do.
     
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    My first knife sheath I made
     

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    Great work man.
     
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    Thank you bro I appreciate it
     
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    Here is a tinder pouch I made, waxed with paraffin and beeswax.

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    That's awesome brother sweet tinder pouch great work.
     
  10. rmil

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    I think this is a personal best for me. A few flaws but better than my average sheath! 368C095E-063D-4AD4-BA22-9568FD043534.jpeg D4B08522-21BF-470E-BC6C-8CABBFEDB031.jpeg 38705E35-DF49-4D65-8B5D-9AD4874493B7.jpeg
     
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    It's gotta be one of them things where only you can see them @rmil, because I'm not seeing any flaws. Looks fine to me. Maybe that little bit where the edge is gapped but that isn't really a flaw as much as a mark of character since it doesn't have any drawback on function. After all, this sheath should be take out into the woods and be rubbed up on some bark, gotten dirty, perhaps some blood and/or guts on/in/or around it....a little gap in the edge work is so minor as to not even be thought of by anyone other than the creator.

    I'm about to start on a new pocket sheath for an Izula that I'm going to use the coffee soak on.
     
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    @battle.munky thanks! I completely agree, function over form. I don’t make anything I want sitting on a shelf. Just remember the stain will look lighter once dry, so don’t be afraid to soak the crap out of it. Also oiling the leather will darken it, so either way you’ll know you have options. Get this izula sheath goin, I wanna see it!
     
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    I oil everything with a NFO/beeswax mix anyhow. I have 3 Izula sheathes now that I'm looking at it, I'm thinking I am going to go with Leatherman belt sheath to replace the nylon one that it came with. EIther way I'm going to do the coffee soak for dye. I'll put pics up when I'm done!
     
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    Here are the 4 sheathes, I was off by one, so I figure I'll do something else and make some pants for the Wave.
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    @battle.munky lookin good :) always good to see other people’s work, always see something I wanna try. Love the pocket sheath!
     
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    Just a big sheeth for a big ugly knife.... 20180107_203729.jpg 20180107_203713.jpg
     
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    Made my attempt at a rawhide sheath, I’m not in love, but it does have great retention.

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    I’ll probably decorate it a bit, maybe that’ll change my opinion.
     
  18. battle.munky

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    You can't argue with rawhide's ability to legitimize any claims that we came from cavepeople. That looks like you stole it off Otzi's corpse. I think it looks awesome man. It ain't leather so judging it as it is just isn't doing it justice.
     
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    Quick little key keeper for the work pack:
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    The latest of my New Year time off leather project(s). I only have a small amount of leather left. I made a necker sheath for my gent's knife. Overall the knife is 5 5/8" long. Blade is 2 3/4". I think I'll also add a dangler option for it. I have more leather on the way.

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    Beautiful combination!
     
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    Looks great @Scarywoody. I rather like the soft carving/bruising. I was sitting here trying to figure out whether it bugged me that you hadn't carved it or not but I think that this is really nice like the other sheath you made too. Aside from being well done of course and not like you need my approval or admiration, but you have it ;)
     
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    I'm working up to carving. I'm an old dog so it takes me some time to learn the techniques. I appreciate the comments and opinions. At the moment just making stuff I like for personal use. Glad to see everyone else's work. It inspires and gives ideas. Keep them coming.
     
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    I'm playing a little with carving, need a couple smooth blenders though.

    New stuff for the recent axe...collar is still stretching.... 20180112_140255.jpg 20180112_143636.jpg
     
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    Here are a few of mine.
     

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    47081414-9468-46C5-A9FB-9CF8EF9D3C2C.jpeg Made a sheath for my chip carving knives.
     
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    I made that Leatherman wave sheath. I was going to try some homemade coffee dye but saw a dude make a green sheath over on the leather forum I frequent and decided to back burner the coffee dye until a later date.

    I added some accent striping with some brown dye first and then went with Fiebings Kelly Green. I know a lot of people don't care for not earthy colored leather but I kinda dig it.

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    My stitching on the backside of the sheath got a bit wonky as you can see, but it is sturdy. Used tiger thread; that stuff is a joy to sew with.

    I left the edges undyed intentionally. I really liked the green line where the leather came togehter so I figured I'd leave it and just slick it from there.
     
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    Looks good! I'm boring...i dig traditional colors. (So far at least)
     
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    Very cool looking sheath. Looks like camo! I dig it!
     
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    Here is my Leatherman Surge Sheath, Altoids Tin pouch (fire kit), and a couple of danglers. Also, I just finished the leather sheath for one of my bushcraft knives (well, almost finished, I still need to tidy up the edges). Knife is 9.5 inches OA, 4.75 inch blade, 5/32 thick ) 01 Steel, 59 HRC, red liners, artificial antique ivory handles, and stainless corby bolts with a Scandi grind. The other knife is 1/2 inch shorter, with cocobolo handle, same steel, same HRC, same grind....(I make my own knives). I tried something different by incorporating the ferro rod directly into the sheath.....let me know what'cha think.....I apologize for the picture quality...I dont have a very good camera!

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