In this article you’ll learn How to Make a Kydex Sheath, from scratch, which is a good way to take care of your knife, and also to be safe without generating danger to other people around.
- Put two layers of the tape on the blade with the goal that you don’t wind up making the sheath too tight. In the event that the sheath is too tight, you can wind up scratching the blade and evacuating the coating each time you replace or expel the sheath from your blade. At that point, remove any abundance tape from around the blade, trimming as near the blade as conceivable.
- Remove two squares of Kydex to the appropriate size, leaving ample space for the mistake. Leaving a couple inches on all sides of the blade ought to be bounty. Both bits of Kydex ought to be the same size.
- Preheat your broiler to 330 degrees. When it has pre-heated, place your Kydex one next to the other in the broiler and wait for the sheets to get up to 330 degrees (it probably takes 5–10 minutes). This is a great time to break out the non-touch thermometer; use it to monitor the temperature of the Kydex sheets, and once they get up to 310–330, you can take them out of the broiler. At that point, rapidly move the sheets over to your hydraulic press.
(In the event that you are utilizing a heat firearm, just gradually wave the weapon over the Kydex until it gets up to temperature. For those without a non-touch thermometer, you can tell that the Kydex is ready once it is pliable like leather.)
- Once you have the Kydex on the hydraulic press, you must move fast because the more you wait to press the Kydex, the less definition you’ll get in your sheath. Spencer put thick foam both underneath and on top of the Kydex in the press. Place one sheet of Kydex on the press, place your blade amidst the sheet, and put the second sheet of Kydex straightforwardly on top. At that point utilize the hydraulic press to push down on the Kydex and blade.
(For a taco sheath: do likewise, yet put the Kydex on the press, place the blade on the Kydex, and fold the Kydex over the blade so that the crease nearly takes after the spine of the blade.)
It’s hard to explain how hard you have to press the Kydex. Unfortunately it’s to a greater extent a learn-as-you-go kind of thing, so you may have to attempt it a couple times before you get the hang of it. (In the event that you botch up and aren’t happy with the outcomes, you can always return the Kydex in the stove and it ought to backtrack to being flat and adaptable again.)
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Leave the Kydex in the hydraulic press for about 5–10 minutes. When you take it out, the Kydex can in any case be somewhat adaptable, yet it shouldn’t be hot anymore.
- In case you’re going to do bolts, now’s an ideal opportunity to do them. Make sense of where you want the gaps to be, however make beyond any doubt they aren’t too near the blade, additionally make beyond any doubt they’re not very far away. You can utilize a drill press or a hand drill to make the bolt openings. Once that’s done, put one bolt in one side of the sheath and one more on the inverse side just to hold everything together for the following step.
- Expel the blade from the sheath. Utilizing a parchment saw (or tin cuts or shears), get your Kydex sheath down to its semi-final shape. On the off chance that this is the first occasion when you’ve done this, make beyond any doubt to leave yourself a little space to work with.
- Presently, you can shape it down to its final shape utilizing a sander or a sanding piece while also smoothing out the unpleasant edges of the sheath.
- Take out the bolts and wipe out within the sheath to make beyond any doubt it’s clean. At that point, put all of the bolts in utilizing a bolt setter in the event that you have one, or a hammer. Presently you’re finished!
Equipment and Materials needed
- Knife: the Candiru is a great choice because it has a full tang and a skeletonized frame. You’ll see later on why this is beneficial. You can make a sheath for a collapsing cut too, however you’ll have to practice somewhat more caution when you’re squeezing the Kydex to make the sheath, yet we’ll get to that later.
- Tape: we utilized the blue painter’s tape.
- Kydex sheets: you can typically get Kydex in a couple sizes—the most well-known are .060, .080, and .093. The advantage of utilizing the most slender kydex is that it is the most adaptable and will give you the most definition in your sheath. The thickest will hold the best, however you won’t get as much definition in your sheath with the thicker Kydex. We utilized the medium thickness for our sheath. Contingent upon the sort of sheath you’re making, you’ll probably have enough Kydex to make more than one sheath.
- Toaster broiler/stove/heat firearm.
- Non-contact thermometer.
- Hydraulic press and foam or pivoted bits of wood with foam in the center.
- Drill press or hand drill.
- Scroll saw, tin cuts, or shears.
- Rivet setter or hammer.
- Sander or sand piece.
Sorts of Kydex Sheaths
Taco style: the taco style utilizes a solitary bit of Kydex, collapsed over like a taco, to create a sheath.Some individuals like this sort of sheath for neck blades, because it’s somewhat more compact than a pancake sheath and isn’t exactly as cumbersome.
Pancake style: this style utilizes two bits of Kydex, one on the front and one on the back, to make a sheath. Pancake-style sheaths are a little easier to make, so if this is your first time making a sheath, you should seriously mull over the making a pancake sheath.
Pros and Cons of the kydex sheath
Making kydex sheath involve a complicated process, tiresome and is time consuming and takes average of half an hour to make, however the final product is of high value when sold.
Now that you know how to make a kydex sheath, it’s creation time!.