I use a knife several times a day on the job that involves a lot
of tree work, excavation and heavy construction.
much as I love
the automatic Buck, it’s just not tough enough for the job, and
I decide to replace it with a fixed blade.
So I start looking for rigging knives…short, thick, and tough
enough to hit the blade back with a hammer. Put off by the
100-dollar-plus price of the better ones, I looked around for
older, used knives to grind down, but couldn’t find one with a
thick enough blade. Dave Fleming was nice enough to go around to
marine stores and handle a bunch of them… and recommended the
Linder in the 60-dollar range. So I ordered one.
Great knife and perfect for my needs…. but the sheath at top
left that came with it wasn’t made for that knife…. way too
tight and the knife rides backwards for a right-hander. My usual
trick of building up the knife handle with foam and tape,
soaking the sheath and letting them dry out while mated didn’t
work. The chrome-tanned shoe leather didn’t stretch and mold
itself around the knife. Oh well… the sheaths for my Buck and
multi-tool have seen better days, and I recently lost my Maglite
sheath… so I’ll simply have to make a new one that accommodates
all my usual side arms.
I make a pattern out of graph paper, puzzling out all the tool
pockets and seam allowances by trial fitting, snipping and
…and when I’m satisfied I won’t ruin any expensive leather, cut
the pattern out from vegetable tanned tooling leather, which
will stretch and shrink very forgivingly to accommodate my
guesses on sizes and seams.
As I’ll carry this all day, every day, I want the tools mounted
relatively high on my belt so they don’t gore me sitting in the
truck, and I want the sheath to tip forward a bit…so I position
the belt slide on the back of the sheath accordingly. I use a
pounce wheel to mark the seams for even stitches.