J’ai réalisé ce protège carnet pour les noces de diamant de ma sœur et de mon beau-frère. Malheureusement pour cause de COVID 19, la petite fête de famille a été annulée. La pochette est réalisée avec du cuir tannage végétal repoussé et teinté, avec une doublure cuir, le tout est collé puis cousu main.
I’ll try to explain step by step how I make a Bowie sheath.
First I make a paper template then I cut the leather: here leather vegetal tanning 1st choice origin France (thickness 3.3 / 3.6 mm).
My wish is that belt loop is on the side of the grain leather (it is more aesthetic), some people (I also did it: it’s easier) return the back so that it is the split leather is side handle of the knife. Another constraint I add layers of leather to compensate for the width of the guard, 2 layers here about 1/2 cm. On this model I made for the first time (but I think I’m not the first!) a cut to the thigh holster side there is a single leather thickness (it’s more complicated! ). It is glued, riveted and sewn so it should take !!
I put of course a “martyr” (leather piece that goes around the sheath and protects the seam of the cut by the blade hence the name « martyr » it is he who takes the shots!). I also added side upper part of the blade a thickness which is tapered, it serves to compensate for the thickness of the back of the blade.
On this model I left a piece of leather to tie a leather lace. This is done so that in case of uselessness or discomfort this piece of leather can easily be cut with a simple cutter.
The decoration is made with wet leather stamps and the leather is dyed.
Then the connection is maintained by gluing. I practice a groove in leather with a special gouge so that the thread takes place in that throat and protects friction. For holes in this case because of the thickness (about 18 mm thicker) I use the drill press, in fact it is impossible to go through with an awl. Then comes the sewing thread waxed with 2 needles with round ends, it takes more than 4 m of thread !!! I cross the wire and make a loop at each point, so that in case of breakage of the wire to a point the rest does not move.
I do not forget to use edge skiving tool on the edges.
I check and eventually made a dye retouching. For slices I use a beeswax block and an electric soldering iron. Then I gloss edges, I made a small tool I use on drill: they are leather discs (diameter 4-5 cm) stacked to a thickness of about 3 cm. These pieces of leather are kept in a holder for polishing pad for drill.
Finally I finish putting a product for leather.
Sorry for my so bad english!!