Custom Order Questions

When ordering a custom sheath, it really helps if you let me know as many details about what you want as possible. If you just want a sheath that is similar to something I already made and it only needs a few minor details changed, then most of the questions below can be ignored, just email me the link to the picture of the sheath you want, and let me know what needs to be modified (belt size, color, etc). But if the sheath you want is something different, then the questions below are important. And you can also take a peek at the Options section of this website, it has useful information.


1. Specify which knife you have
Sometimes there are variations of the usual pattern even on production knives. For example, the CRK Sebenza can be plain or with wood inlays, and a Spyderco Delica can be stainless, Zytel or carbon fiber. While the difference is usually very small, it can make a difference.
2. Choose the sheath orientation

Sheaths can be vertical, horizontal, canted, cross-draw or other (see Sheath Types link here). They can also be left or right handed. With some knives it also makes more sense to have the knife sitting with the blade spine up or down. And finally, which side of the handle should be facing away from the body (clip side or the front side). Also see Orientation page for more info.

Also, for wider knives such as Spyderco Karambit the sheaths can be made deeper to cover more of the knife or shallower for easy access, whichever you prefer.

3. Knife's clip attached or removed
Most pocket knives come with the pocket clip, so the decision has to be made if the clip will remain attached or be removed. I mosly make sheaths for the knife with the pocket clip still attached, so you won't have to keep putting the clip on and take it off all the time. But sheaths for the clipless knives usually have a larger area free for tooling.
4. Color of the sheath
There is a large number of different colors available, such as black, shades of brown, tan, and others (see Color Chart here). I can't always guarantee a precise color match between the colour of the sheath, because different pieces of leather take the dye differently, so some differences in shade are possible. For example, you can specify a shade, since tan can be on the orange side or yellowish, and light or darker. Anyways, before I ship out the sheaths I always forward the pictures of that particular sheath, so if you don't like the shade of color I can always re-make it.
5. The size of the belt
Normally vertical sheaths have a belt loop 2 1/2" wide, canted and cross-draw have 2" and horizontals are 1 1/2". And if you specify the width and thickness you want, I can shape the loop to fit that belt size precisely.
6. Type of the belt loop
Each sheath type has its own main loop style, but there are other options available (see Belt Loop Types link here). Whenever possible, I try to make the loop so that the smooth side of the leather goes against the knife, and that there are no stitches against the knife either, which reduces the wear on the knife's finish.
7. Tooling
For tooling, I have a large selection of stamps available, as well as some alphabet sets for the initials. Look at the samples of my work for different things that can be done, such as texturing, modelling or multi-colour sheaths. See Decorative Stamps for pictures, and Gallery for how the stamped sheaths look.
8. Leather

I have several leather thicknesses to choose from, specifically 5-6 oz (5/64-3/32", 2 - 2.4mm), 6-7 oz (3/32-7/64", 2.4 - 2.8mm)or 7-8 oz (7/64-1/8", 2.8-3mm), but I can order others too. Also, the front and the back of the sheath can have different leather thicknesses if needed.

For inlays and overlays I have exotic looking (should not be import/export problems) lamb skins: natural python, black python, black crocodile, black-brown croc, red croc, red-black croc.

I also have rattlesnake skin and rayskins for inlays. The stingray skins are: matte black, black, matte white, wine red, ivory white, brown and emerald green.

Here are the stingray skins side by side for color comparison (left to right):

And finally, some toad skins too (black cherry, camel, chocolate and black).

9. Threads
Usually I use waxed linen thread for most sheaths, but if you prefer I can also use nylon, polyesther and artificial sinew that can be used instead.
10. Finish

If you have a picture of the sheath that looks like what you want, that will work great.

If you have a preference in finishes, let me know, I used most of them. The sheath can be matte, semi-gloss, soft sheen, glossy or laquered (high gloss). Finishes differ in moisture-resistance, soft sheen being the least resistant and glossy being the most resistant. If you plan to use the sheath outdoors I can also apply a special outdoor conditioner.


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