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Kydex/Leather horizontal sheath detail (how it works)...

M.Olexey Oct 11, 2008

  1. M.Olexey

    M.Olexey capo of the Texas knifemaking mafia Brigade Member

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    A few pics showing the final refinements of the FOS hybrid sheath design.

    Attaching it to your belt.

    Unsnap the loop....

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    Fish the strap behind your belt from the bottom up...

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    Pull all the slack through....

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    Bring the strap down over the front of the sheath from top to bottom and fish the snap end behind your belt...

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    Snap the loop closed...

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    The snaps nest between your belt and pants where the tension of your belt keeps them securely closed...

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    The belt threaded through the loop (sans meat puppet for illustrative purposes)...

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    The draw sequence

    Horizontal kydex sheaths present a challenge due to the fact that your natural draw stroke pulls the blade against the front of the sheath creating excessive tension. A sheath that releases the knife cleanly off the belt can feel like it will pull your pants off once mounted.

    So what I did was put this little thumb ramp on the top of the sheath...

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    You place your thumb on here as pictured, wrap your fingers around the grip and squeeze while pushing with your thumb....

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    Your thumb ends up right on the grooves as the knife is drawn...

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    Or it can drop down to form a secure fist around the handle naturally...

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    I'm pretty happy with the result.

    Thanks for looking and all comments/criticizms are welcome.



    mo
     
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  2. tmik

    tmik Midwest Knifemaker Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    I like it. That is a good design.
    I wonder how black leather would look instead of brown?
     
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  3. M.Olexey

    M.Olexey capo of the Texas knifemaking mafia Brigade Member

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    Thanks!


    We'll know in a few days. The next one is going to have a black strap.




    mo
     
  4. Mr.LaBella

    Mr.LaBella ←The № 1 Devil→ Administrator

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    Thanks for the NO MEAT GAZING this time!


    :bow: Good show, 100% JD approved right there!(on the design and execution) :clap:
     
  5. M.Olexey

    M.Olexey capo of the Texas knifemaking mafia Brigade Member

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    Thanks!


    I took great care to avoid or crop out all crotch shots :leatherdevil : :Devilroar:
     
  6. Alain Desaulniers

    Alain Desaulniers knifemaker Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    Very nice
     
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  7. cover6

    cover6 Average member

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    Way too COOL!! Nice job!
     
  8. Paul Mathews

    Paul Mathews knifemaker Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    Damn. That is well thought out; the thumb rest is a stroke of genius.


    Just one thing....

    ...more securely on those of us who don't have Martin's six pack abs!:devil1:
     
  9. M.Olexey

    M.Olexey capo of the Texas knifemaking mafia Brigade Member

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    Ha! I'm afraid the best i can claim these days is a two pack and I have to feel around for that
    :deviltard:

    :devilscribbled:

    :vatoloco:



    Thanks for the comments guys. I posted an all black one in another thread below.



    mo
     
  10. Big Daddy

    Big Daddy Little member

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    Now that is a real nice sheath!
     
  11. JParanee

    JParanee Little member

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    That is a great idea and one of my favorite carry style's
     
  12. Judy Schmitt

    Judy Schmitt Too many handles too little time Lady Devil

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    Sweet, I love horizontal carry myself!!
     
  13. Jorge Banner

    Jorge Banner Down For Life

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    That's nice. Thumb ramps are very useful. Many a time they are left out I guess to make production cheaper. But I'm always grateful for them. Ergonomics should always be on a knife maker's mind. :coolcool:
     
  14. rooikat

    rooikat Huge member

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    Nice design!

    I am starting to appreciate horizontal sheaths, as I seem to spend more time sitting than standing these days.
     
  15. ELcoyote

    ELcoyote Little member

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    “I’m in and the JD Individual Maker forums rock!” Sweet sheath!!:firedevil
     
  16. zingzong2005

    zingzong2005 knifemaker Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    now that is a great idea!!!
     
  17. wildman

    wildman Huge member

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    Sheath

    Hey that sheath and knife looks real familiar? :wes:
     
  18. M.Olexey

    M.Olexey capo of the Texas knifemaking mafia Brigade Member

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    It should :ross:




    mo
     
  19. GSC

    GSC knifemaker Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    Way cool, I like it thanks for the pic's :thumbsup:
    Gordon
     
  20. Ronin777

    Ronin777 Huge member

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    That is great

    Any sheath you don't have to take your belt off for is worth having.
     

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