Pocket Clip Sheath for Slipjoint Knives (Tutorial)

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Pocket Clip Sheath for Slipjoint Knives (Tutorial)

Postby augustus88 » Thu Mar 18, 2010 12:20 am

I had a request for my homemade pocket clip tutorial, so here goes....

All of the materials used can be purchased at local stores like Michael's, Home Depot and Lowes. You can upgrade to finer materials purchased at Tandy leather stores and knife making supply houses often for a better price.

Not sure if this is the best place for this thread so please move it if necessary. Hope some of you find it helpful.


Need to make a pocket clip like the smaller one pictured for my larger knives like the Great Eastern #23.
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I purchased this cheap cell phone case at Lowes for the clip. Different style clips are available through other sources.
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Cut the clip off the case.
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Drill the rivets out.
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Cut a piece soft leather to fit your knife. I purchased mine at Michael's Arts and Crafts.
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Cut a slit for the clip.
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Insert the clip.
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Punch holes for the rivets.
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Rivet the clip to the leather with a Tandy Rivet Kit (purchased mine at Michael's) and a hammer.
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Glue a 2nd piece of leather to first piece(with clip) with leather adhesive(Rough sides together). Spread the glue evenly with a small paintbrush.
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Allow the glue to dry with the whole assembly pressed in a book. I put the book under a table leg so it stays really flat. Wrap in waxed paper, so any excess glue doesn't stick to the book.
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Glue two more pieces of leather together for the other half of the sheath. Press them in another book.
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You should now have two pieces of doubled leather that look like this.
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Cut the 2nd piece to match. You can do this after the two pieces are stitched together for more accurate results.
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Punch holes in the leather using an awl and a hammer or mallet. Mine is a sculpting tool that was modified on a grinder. Space the holes evenly for a nice look.
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Use a Tandy(or similar) leather stitching awl and waxed thread to attach both sides. The thread comes in lots of different colors. Follow the directions that come with the awl for best results.
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Stretch the case to shape if necessary.
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Finished sheaths.
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Sheath in my pocket.
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Re: Pocket Clip Sheath for Slipjoint Knives (Tutorial)

Postby Another Knife Collector » Thu Mar 18, 2010 12:29 am

Great tutorial and a good idea ::tu:: I might have to make one myself.
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Re: Pocket Clip Sheath for Slipjoint Knives (Tutorial)

Postby Froggyedge » Thu Mar 18, 2010 1:15 am

Well done! ::tu::
Both the sheaths and the tutorial! ::nod::
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Re: Pocket Clip Sheath for Slipjoint Knives (Tutorial)

Postby noddy » Thu Mar 18, 2010 2:56 am

Really nicely conceived and executed.

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Re: Pocket Clip Sheath for Slipjoint Knives (Tutorial)

Postby Gunstock Jack » Thu Mar 18, 2010 4:47 am

Thanks a million for posting the tutorial. I'm gonna start a couple of these as soon as I have a chance. Great concept and execution. Thanks again for sharing and posting this excellent tutorial!

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Re: Pocket Clip Sheath for Slipjoint Knives (Tutorial)

Postby augustus88 » Thu Mar 18, 2010 8:45 pm

Thanks for he compliments guys. These sheaths do a great job of protecting your knives while increasing accessibility. Nothing more annoying than a knife hiding under your keys or slamming against your leg in your pocket. The sheath makes carrying large bulky knives so much easier.

Let me know if you encounter any issues or need help figuring out any steps.

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Postby rangerbluedog » Fri Mar 19, 2010 3:17 am

well done augustus88! ::tu:: ::idea::
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Re: Pocket Clip Sheath for Slipjoint Knives (Tutorial)

Postby Darksev » Fri Mar 19, 2010 11:18 am

having done a few tutorials, and realizing how bad at it I am, I just have to say this is fantastically done! I'm not a sheath guy, but I might have to give of these a go anyways!

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Postby CCBill » Sat Mar 20, 2010 12:16 am

Very nicely done. Thank you...
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Re: Pocket Clip Sheath for Slipjoint Knives (Tutorial)

Postby augustus88 » Sat Mar 20, 2010 12:54 pm

Darksev wrote:having done a few tutorials, and realizing how bad at it I am, I just have to say this is fantastically done! I'm not a sheath guy, but I might have to give of these a go anyways!


Thanks.........glad you like it!

I'm a college art professor, so I do this type of thing at work every day. Teaching students to sculpt and paint by breaking down the process into basic steps and actually showing them how to do it is my preferred teaching method. I live by the step-by-step demo.

Good luck!

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Re: Pocket Clip Sheath for Slipjoint Knives (Tutorial)

Postby copperhead75 » Mon Apr 04, 2011 4:07 pm

::tu:: thank you very much for this! how is the retension? can you remove knife without takin sheath out of pocket?
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Postby zed6309 » Mon Apr 04, 2011 4:19 pm

This is so cool, thanks for posting, i have some leather here but i might need to make a clip, ::tu::
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Re: Pocket Clip Sheath for Slipjoint Knives (Tutorial)

Postby SC Tiger » Mon Dec 17, 2012 4:43 pm

I took a shot at making one of these this weekend for my Case Trapper. I attached pictures of the results. It came out kind of rough but it does work. I got the clip from a cheap phone case. Tandy Leather sells pocket clips as well and I might order one for my next case.

The biggest problem I had was getting the rivets straight. Also, as you can probably tell, I am NOT a tailor. And yes, I realize that one of the rivet backs on the opening end is larger than the other. I ran out of rivets (like I said - I was having problems).

If I make another one I will probably fold over the leather so that the fold is at the top, for a cleaner appearance.
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Re: Pocket Clip Sheath for Slipjoint Knives (Tutorial)

Postby tjmurphy » Mon Dec 17, 2012 5:24 pm

Looks like a pretty good first try to me. ::tu:: Perfection comes with practice
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Re: Pocket Clip Sheath for Slipjoint Knives (Tutorial)

Postby SC Tiger » Tue Dec 18, 2012 6:23 pm

Re-reading the tutorial I think I see part of where I goofed. I should have pre-punched the holes for the stitching before doing the actual sewing. That would have resulted in more even stitching.

I also probably should invest in a real punch for the rivet holes.


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