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knife, tool, ax sheaths

Discussion in 'Survival/Preparedness Forum' started by bdcochran, Jul 24, 2011.

  1. bdcochran

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    Sep 23, 2005
    Los Angeles
    Many new and used knives, leatherman type tools, hatchets and axes are sold without sheaths.

    Years ago, I addressed the hatchet and axes challenge by having a shoe repairman make them for me.

    Over the years, I accumulated a pile of leatherman type tools and knives. For some units I wanted to have the brand name on the sheath. With others, I didn't care. Consequently, I investigated.

    The cheapest place to obtain the tool and knife sheathes is on ebay. So cheap, that I keep a few extra sheaths on hand.

    Last weekend, a mentor came into town and taught a class. I took a number of folder knives to the class and reviewed them with him. He does design knives as well. After discussing the merits, I conceded that cordura sheaths were more desirable than leather (a big concession on my behalf). Today I bought some cordura knife sheath.

    When you buy sheaths, one size does not fit all. Make sure that you do your research.
  2. B.Reid

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    Jun 20, 2005
    Why is cordura better? It is hard to find a well made and designed sheath.

  3. quake

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    Aug 4, 1999
    Arkansas, USA
    Cordura & kydex both are objectively better than leather imo, but I confess I just prefer leather for everyday use for most things. I have a few exceptions, such as a couple kydex holsters for small glocks, neck peck sheath, etc, but overall I mostly stick with leather. That said, I do realize that that's just the old fart in me coming out; letting my personal preferences take priority over objective superiority.

    Leather takes more maintenance, it often has a shorter lifespan, it's more vulnerable to heat/cold/elements, it's heavier, and it holds moisture. And due to those traits that leather has, things carried in leather tend to need more maintenance as well. Recognizing & accepting that increased maintenance is just the price to be paid for my choice; not the most practical choice objectively I realize, but a price I'm willing to pay for the benefit of using my preferred option.

    At least I recognize that my preference is just that - personal preference; and not something I'd intentionally try to sway others toward.
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