I started with 6 Oz. leather for the face.
in order not to trap the finger guard (and the knife) in the sheath. I had to build up the area behind the guard. I used foam and tape.
I soaked the leather front and back.
then started massaging the leather over the knife.
It's kind of like working with a piece of balogna. The white thing a bone folder/creaser
When finished. I set it in the sun to dry.
When it dried and while I still had it on the form. I punched the lacing holes.
Then I cut it out and used it as a template to make the back of the sheath. For this I used 8 Oz. leather
To keep the leather from cracking during the bend, I got it wet.
Then I glued and sewed the belt loop in place.
I then added a deer head stamp to the face.
Next, I cut the pieces for the welt out of the scrap from the face and glued them in place.
Then I changed my mind and added a 2nd row of lacing holes To give it more strength.
After stitching, I trimmed all around for an even margin.
next, I wetted the edge and used the slicker to round it off.
I want this sheath to have a deep rich color but also wanted to see some of the tan through the die so I diluted the stain with alcohol.
Once thoroughly saturated, I let it sit for a few hours to dry.
To waterproof the leather and give it a nice sheen, I used mink oil and then warmed the sheath of the burner of the stove to make it soak in.
The knife and sheath are done.