Kydex Sheath Masters - Sheath Mod Question
Ok, this is what I have (in pics 1 & 2). Pic three is what I want.
The kydex sheath, when the knife is in it, is covering half of the handle. I'd like to know if the sheath can be modified so that all of the handle is accessible?
The knife has a finger hole and I thought maybe if I reheated it then pressed it the sheath would be pressed into the hole and it would apply enough tension to hold the knife securely.
Does this seem viable or should I just make a new sheath?
Looks like a viable option to me. I make kydex sheaths for the knives I sell. Kydex is very forgiving stuff, if you screw it up you can redo it. Just don't over heat it.
I usually make gun holsters, I have made a couple of sheaths.
I if was going to try what you want to do I would make the cut first. After that I would cover everything but the finger hole, heat it, and press it in. I would use a wet rag to cover the kydex I did not want to heat. I would do that so that the rest of the sheath would retain its shape. I would also only press in one side for simplicities sake.
I'd give it a try without even the bend in at the finger hole. If you look at the bottom of that portion it has a concave shape that is mirrored on the sheath, it MAY provide sufficient retention. I'd try to not remove the entire portion above the handle, you can still get your fingers around the handle underneath but it may help avoid tilting that reduces the retention from that little curve.
It may not hold at all, or not nearly enough to help, but if it DOES hold it'll be a cleaner release than the finger hole dent. If you go that route it'll drag the whole length of the blade's flats. I like a nice clean release, personally.
Reheating it may provide the retention you need. If you want more of the handle available, then cut it - try to leave a little overhang for the hole, then push some into the hole and turn up the edge so you can re insert the blade. Play with it a little to learn from it and you should be able to get it right.
As far as leaving more on top do you mean like this? (The orange portion would be the cutaway.)
Using a wet towel is something I hadn't thought of, thanks for that also.
I don't think you need that much and you might as well remove enough on the bottom to really get your hand in there. I'd sweep right down to a normal edge distance from that screw.
A shallow arc from the halfway point of your orange at the top rolling into a compound curve that blends into the bottom and around the screw.
I think I see what you are saying. I'll start slow on it and see what I can get away with.
Quick update. I worked up the courage to start cutting on the sheath today. I was kinda nervous knowing if I screwed it up I'd be up a creek without a sheath. I think it turned out though.
Much better finger to handle ratio.
I pinched in the sides a bit to help add retention but it still has a fairly smooth extraction.
Thanks for the advice everybody. Another happy Arfcom customer.