How to Make Knife Holsters

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A knife sheath not only keeps your blade secure when it’s not in use, it also provides a cushioned surface for your knife’s edge. It can be a useful addition to any self-sufficiency kit or a handy accessory for everyday carry of a fixed blade.

A knife holster is an essential tool for carrying any sharpened blade. It’s easy to make one yourself using vegetable tanned leather and some basic tools.


There are several different types of materials that can be used to make a knife holster. Some of these include leather, synthetic material, Kydex, and Boltaron(r).

One of the main advantages of a holster made of Kydex is that it is extremely durable. This thermoplastic is not only resistant to water, but also abrasions and shocks.

It’s also very stiff, which means that it’s not easy to wiggle a blade out of the sheath. Similarly, it’s hard to move the sheath around on your belt or lanyard.

Plastics and vinyl are often used for sheaths, but these can damage your sheath over time. They can have chemicals in them that bleed out and outgas, and they can even react with the sheath’s leather and inlays.


Creating a custom leather sheath for your favorite blade is a worthy undertaking. The trick is choosing the right patterns, fabrics and techniques to make your creation stand out from the pack. The best material to use is soft-sided, unlined leather. This type of leather can be dyed and shaped to your desired look. It is also easy to work with since it doesn’t absorb moisture like other types of leather. Using the right materials will ensure that your finished sling will last for years to come. The best part? You can make a one-of-a-kind sheath from start to finish in your own home. There are plenty of pattern books, fabric stores and online resources for this kind of craft. Most of the above mentioned places also carry tools and equipment to complete your project.


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When making a knife holster, you must carefully shape the leather to fit your knife securely and prevent it from falling out. You can use a template to help you shape the leather. Once the leather has been shaped to fit your knife, you can then sand it and dye it.


Whether you’re making a homemade knife sheath or buying one at a hardware store, the stitching process is important to the final product. Stitches allow the leather to be shaped to its handle, which can help the sheath fit more securely.

The stitching process can be tricky, and it’s important to take your time and make sure every step is correct. This will ensure you have a finished project that looks like it was made by a professional.

First, choose your leather. You’ll want to pick a type that has a good balance of strength and durability. It’s also a good idea to select a leather that doesn’t have many blemishes, as they can affect how the sheath holds up.

Ken Onion

Ken Onion is an innovative knifemaker whose work has revolutionized the industry. Born in 1963, he hails from Kaneohe, Hawaii, and invented the SpeedSafe assisted opening mechanism for Kershaw Knives - earning him a position as Premier Knife Designer with them.

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