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Wet forming a sheath

Discussion in 'Adventure Sworn Bushcraft Co.' started by dbltap45acp, May 10, 2017.

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    Has anyone ever tried to wet form an Adventure Sworn sheath? How did it come out and can anyone throw a picture up? Thanks
     
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    Here you go,

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    Perfect, thanks brother.
     
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    Educate me please. I can do some research but while we are here.....
    I have three AS knives with sheaths, and they are all formed to the knives they carry.
    I assume that AS makes them to each individual knife. So what am I missing? Why the need to wet form a sheath that was already formed to carry the knife it was specifically built for? Does it make the sheath and knife fit better somehow?

    And if it is necessary or desirable, how does one do this?
     
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    AS makes sheaths to fit a particular size knife in length, but not always in width. I have a mountaineer that has a 3/5 handle thickness. This same sheath would fit the 5/5 too. Wet forming just tightens it up so it will fit it just a bit better.

    To do it, you literally just wet the sheath, stick your knife in, form it around your knife, then put it in the oven. There are good videos on YouTube that explains and shows the process better.

    Also, I have found that leather stretches a little over time. Think of gaining some weight over the years and then deciding to hit the gym to tone up a little.
     
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    Ok I see what you mean.
    I will do some research on it and might give it a go with mine.
    Thanks for the info
     
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    No problem brother. After watching a couple videos on YouTube let me know what you decide.
     
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    If you have a food saver vacuum sealer it makes it quick and effortless.

    Idea from Feral Woodcraft on youtube.
     
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    I actually saw a video on this, and that's the plan. My buddy has one and I will be swinging by his house to do it. It looks like it really does all the work for you. The oven portion is really the only thing I'm worried about as I don't want to over do it. Might just use sunlight so it drys on its own without having to worry about it. Supposed to be in the 80's here all week.
     
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    Don't use an oven. If you cook your leather, it's ruined. Air-drying works just fine, you don't even need sunlight. Also, a vacuum sealer will press the leather against the blade very tightly, so I use tape to increase the thickness of blade a bit. One last tip: your vacuum sealer bag probably has a texture on one side. That will be embossed onto your leather, so make sure it's against the back of your sheath.
     
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    Another reason to wet form an AS sheath is when you want to use it for a non-AS knife. Blasphemy, I know, but hear me out.
    My Huntsman came with a black AS sheath. The scales are brown micarta, and I like the sheath to match the knife. So the Huntsman went into a nice brown leather dangler, and the black sheath is now housing a MichaelBear knife with black micarta.
    Everyone wins!
    I would like to add that the quality of the AS sheaths are simply top shelf. The edging is stunning, stitching is machine-perfect, and the leather is nice and thick.
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    I went ahead and wet formed this sheath and it
    turned out great and definitely snugged it up.
    Also did a heat treat on the sheath and I love the look of it.

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    Came out awesome brother. Can you explain the heat treat on the sheath?
     
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    Ha, yeah, I was wondering if anyone would catch that.
    I used a lighter to darken parts of the leather to give it more character. I scratched it up a little with steel wool too, and conditioned afterwards with some good leather conditioner. If you go back and look at the pics now, you'll see exactly where I did it. You can see it on the firesteel loop and the back and the dangler loop as well.
     
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    You can see a big difference between the wet formed sheath and my others.
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    Oh, I see, kinda like the burned tiger stripes that people put on their tomahawks when they mod them. Looks good man, it does give it character.
     
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    Do you mind breaking down the process on how you wet formed it? Done all by hand or did you use a vacuum sealer? How long did it all take? I have my mountaineer here, my wayfarer is at AS for a face lift, and have a wood crafter on the way to me. Was going to do all three at once.
     
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    I read a bit on it and it's pretty straightforward. I literally ran warm almost hot water through the sheath til full and for about 30 seconds to a minute. The leather softened and I put the knife in and with my fingers I molded the leather around the knife. Work it in tight. Squeeze and squeeze. Then let dry. That's it. At least overnight. Don't be tempted to pull the knife back out before it is dry or you will have to reset it again. Ask me how I know.
    So leave it be and let it dry 24 hours would probably be good. I oiled my blade though to keep any rust at bay before I put it back in the wet sheath before forming.
     
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    Did you just let it air dry overnight?
     
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    I put it out in the sun while it was out and then overnight in the house of course
     

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