As some of you might know, I took on more space for a leather workshop. The renovation is finally done and I used the workshop for the first time yesterday.
I made a prototype sheath to test the processes (gluing, marking with my logo, burnishing edges, staining leather, etc) and to come up with a set of steps and design features that I like.
I think I have accomplished what I attempted and met my modest expectations, though there are still things to be learned and experimented before I am comfortable to offer a leather sheath as a product.
Making a leather sheath is more efficient than making one out of wood, and that is a big plus for me, as as of today, I am back to a one-man operation. Moreover, it is much easier for me to match a color on a sheath to a color of the handle. The fit is perfect, the design will feature a latch to keep the knife securely inside and the protection is no different than in a wooden sheath. Eventually, I will include leather sheaths with all my knives, from petties to scimitars. A well made leather sheath can look pretty stunning, as you will eventually attest.
I am taking one step at a time, but I like to think how every product I make fits in a family of products related to knives that I would like to offer. Once I get the sheath project going, I will start on a leather knife roll.
Developing a line of products doesn't imply that I lose my focus on the kitchen knives, quite on the contrary, the idea is to enhance the enjoyment of using quality kitchen knives - sharpening, maintaining, storing, protecting, moving around. That is what this is all about. Knives have been and will remain my main focus - I will continue looking for ways to improve and to maximize performance be it adopting new steels, developing new heat treatment methods, adopting new technologies, etc.
Will post pictures as I move along with the project.