Making a wetted leather knife sheath Oct 18, 2008 20:41:42 GMT -6 Quote Select PostDeselect PostLink to PostMemberGive GiftBack to Top Post by Ron Kulas on Oct 18, 2008 20:41:42 GMT -6 I started with 6 Oz. leather for the face. in order not to trap the finger guard (and the knife) in the sheath. I had to build up the area behind the guard. I used foam and tape.I soaked the leather front and back.then started massaging the leather over the knife.It's kind of like working with a piece of balogna. The white thing a bone folder/creaserWhen finished. I set it in the sun to dry.When it dried and while I still had it on the form. I punched the lacing holes.Then I cut it out and used it as a template to make the back of the sheath. For this I used 8 Oz. leatherTo keep the leather from cracking during the bend, I got it wet.Then I glued and sewed the belt loop in place.I then added a deer head stamp to the face.Next, I cut the pieces for the welt out of the scrap from the face and glued them in place.Then I changed my mind and added a 2nd row of lacing holes To give it more strength.After stitching, I trimmed all around for an even margin.next, I wetted the edge and used the slicker to round it off.I want this sheath to have a deep rich color but also wanted to see some of the tan through the die so I diluted the stain with alcohol. Once thoroughly saturated, I let it sit for a few hours to dry.To waterproof the leather and give it a nice sheen, I used mink oil and then warmed the sheath of the burner of the stove to make it soak in.The knife and sheath are done.