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WIP...Hybrid Kydex Sheath....

M.Olexey Nov 9, 2014

  1. M.Olexey

    M.Olexey capo of the Texas knifemaking mafia Brigade Member

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    Some step by step on the Hybrid Kydex Rig for your viewing pleasure.....


    Sheath station all set up.....
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    Start with masking the blade with blue tape....2 layers on one side (non presentation side) and one on the other....[​IMG]

    Laying out on the kydex...starting about an inch off the edge...
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    Rolling the edge the other direction then marking a line an inch off the edge on the opposite side....
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    Finally a line about 3/4" from the tip...when in doubt cut your square large!!!
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    Then score with a razor and break it free....
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    Next up....pressing

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    M.Olexey capo of the Texas knifemaking mafia Brigade Member

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    I always lay it out cold in the press so I have less guessing to do when its hot....
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    Toaster oven at 305 degrees as checked with a bakers thermo. I have to set the dial at 350 to get this so I can't trust the oven...pull it out when its good and floppy.....
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    Wrestle it into the press....
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    3 minutes later I pull it out and hope I got it right....this time yes!
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    Must be my Ninja fighting gloves.....
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    Next up....shaping and hole placement!

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    M.Olexey capo of the Texas knifemaking mafia Brigade Member

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    :killemall:

    Using the back of a larger teklok.....I mark hole spacing with a sharpie. I don't often use a large teklok but the hole spacing makes the rig super versatile and chances are whoever has it can always get a satisfying attachment method should they choose to ditch my leather...[​IMG]

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    Now I drill.....using an F size bit for an 8-8 eyelet/rivet...
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    Once I have the holes drilled I sketch in the shape and rough cut with the bandsaw...
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    Then to the grinder....80 grit first then 220....
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    Ready for clean up...

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    Next up...clean up and shaping the throat....

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    M.Olexey capo of the Texas knifemaking mafia Brigade Member

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    And away I go...... :hardslap:

    First....I chamfer the inside of the mouth with a dremel....
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    As you might expect....the dremel leaves a nice rat gnawed effect on the inner edge so I smooth it up by hand...first with 220 grit
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    Then single 0 steel wool...
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    Finally with denim soaked in acetone...
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    This is also where I acetone off all the sharpie marks.

    To this point....I have the sheath open/unriveted so I can remove all the trash/debris before closing it.

    Now I blow it out with air...
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    Hose it with WD40 and wipe it out (sometimes the tape leaves a little adhesive in there and of course that attracts grit and leads to scratches).
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    After the WD40 I dry it and air it out again...now its nice and pretty and ready for rivets.
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    Ready for final fitting...I use a heat gun and a sharpie to open the mouth and form the push off ramp...
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    Purty Mouth....
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    Fitted...
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    Next up....the leather loop. :grinyes:
     
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    Leather work....I start with a side of latigo leather I get from Wickett & Craig. After squaring it up I cut 2" straps for my hybrid loops.
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    I use a stitching groover to cut lines a bit off each side (decorative) then a #3 beveling tool to bevel the edges...
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    Back at it with my large teklok template...I mark holes and punch them with a 1/4" punch...
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    Now I can dye the edges before slicking them with that gum tag stuff (heres all the stuff...hands are way too messy to keep taking pics here)
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    Setting tee nuts into the wholes we punched...
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    Now I can attach it for fitting to the sheath...
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    Next up...final fitting, snap setting!


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    Using 8-32 screws and rubber washers...I attach the strap to the kydex sheath for fitting....
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    I use an old piece of belt so I don't get it so tight that it won't fit once its done. This also lets me know if there is too much tension in the sheath once it's on the belt. You can have a seemingly perfect fit when theres no belt pushing against the sheath then not even be able to extract the knife once you are wearing it. Pretty lame for the customer to figure that out for you later!!! :mo:

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    With the strap wrapped tightly around the whole rig, I mark the end, and drill through for the snaps (stopping before I hit kydex...hopefully)
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    Now I remove the strap...cut the tip with a belt strap punch, dye and finish the edges of the tip, finish drilling the snap holes, and set the snaps.
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    Finally...re-attach to the sheath and make sure the snaps line up and we are done!
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    Thanks for looking! All comments welcome!


    MO
     
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    creich420 Enormous member

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    Nice dude I love a good step by step with picts.! :thumbsup:
     
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  8. hienho

    hienho Monolithic Baby! Brigade Member

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    Looks totally awesome. This rocks!
     
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  9. blevinsknives

    blevinsknives JDBA4L JDBA Official Member Brigade Member

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    Looks great! Thanks for taking the time to share this WIP! :thumbsup:
     
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    Redleg72 Average member

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    Thanks for sharing!

    I always enjoy the step by step pictures. Lets us know how the "magic happens!":devilwag:
     
  11. Ken Brock

    Ken Brock Who's Awesome? Super Moderator

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    1 your shop is too clean

    2 you measure shit wayyyyyyyyyy more than me (and it shows:jdwink2:)

    3 your sheaths and knives are the heat
     
  12. M.Olexey

    M.Olexey capo of the Texas knifemaking mafia Brigade Member

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    Man it's easy to keep clean when you only get 4 hours a week for shop time!

    Thanks buddy!
     
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    Good looking sheaths, and thanks for taking the time to put together a WIP :thumbsup:
     

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