zaterdag 24 december 2011

Making of a bushcraftsheath


I've just finished a leather bushcraft sheath. I have made a few before but now I'm finally getting some satisfying results.

I bought some topnotch leather during a trip in Central-Spain and I intend to use it well!

Here's how I do it, however it's not ment to be a tutorial. Just some pics.

First I make a paper template & cut the leather.

 Wetforming the leather & drying it slowly in the oven for 1 hour at 50 c. This hardens the leather so it retains the shape of the knife.

Cutting the stitching groove.

Now here's a tool I have not used since high school! Makes it easy to cut pro-looking curves.

All the parts together. 

Fitting the weld. This prevents the blade from cutting the thread. 

Stitching the beltloop. 

Using an awl to make the stitchingholes. Now this makes me feel oldskool, I imagine being a 15th century leather guild apprentice in Florence. Way cooler than stitching a button on a shirt...

Not so supercool, stitching.

And here it is;

dinsdag 14 juni 2011



I'm quite excited, these are the pictures of a pro photo session of my work. Many thanks to Thomas at STUDIOBOLSTER. Check out his blog !

Santoku Damascus knife.

Handle in Rosewood & Madagascar Ebony.
Blade Sandvik Swedish stainless steel 19C27 core with 45 layers of stainless damascus steel hardened to HRC60. Upper part of blade is traditional Japanese hand hammered "Tsuchime" which helps separate food when cut.

Next up is a camp knife I made.

Steel N690
Handle is dark purple canvas micarta, quite rare!
My very first attempt to make a sheath. Kydex  and leather joined, with firesteel attached.
This knife has seen a lot of heavy use in the woods, It used to have a mirror polish finish.

Damascus Khukuri knife

I bought the blade in Rajasthan India and made a handle for it.
The national knife and icon of Nepal, a basic and traditional utility knife, a formidable and effective weapon of the Gurkhas.
Steel is spring steel (They could not tell exactly what type). Rockwell Hardness is about the same as Global kitchen knives.
Handle is a combination of Wenge/Rosewood/Ebony

 Thanks for looking,


Introducing myself


I am a knife maker from Belgium.
Having collected & used knives for many years I decided to start making them myself.

The knives I make & collect are utility blades. They're made to be used in the field or kitchen but that's no reason for them to be ugly. I only use topquality steels & handle materials.



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