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Roach Belly Sheath
« on: January 11, 2017, 08:41:37 AM »
As I have mentioned before, my Cold Steel Roach Belly is one of my favorite knives.  I feel this knife's biggest drawback is the rather cheap included sheath.  Even worse, if you hold it upside down, the knife will easily slide out.  I decided to do something about this.
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Re: Roach Belly Sheath
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2017, 08:45:50 AM »
I tried to design this sheath to follow the sweep of the blade to highlight the style of the knife, but more importantly, I wanted to add the functionality the original lacks. First, I added a strap that can be used to securely hold the knife in place.  I made this adjustable and by leaving it unfastened, you can still easily remove and return the knife to the sheath while you are working around camp.  It fastens with a small brass stud.

I also wanted to add a loop for my firesteel, but wanted this to be secured so it would not be lost somewhere along the trail.
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Re: Roach Belly Sheath
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2017, 08:48:53 AM »
Here is the finished product.  I added a little stain with a water resisant finish along with my initals in the front.

One thing I would do differently is allow a little more space for the welt (I went with 1/4 inch on this one and would up this to 1/2 inch), making it easier to be sure I was stiching through the welt. 

Perhaps a bit of overkill for a $20 knife, but I felt it was a good first sheath project and I am pleased with the result.  I learned a lot while making this.
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Re: Roach Belly Sheath
« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2017, 06:06:22 PM »
thats very nice i have the same problem with a sheath the knife keeps slipping out of it
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Re: CS Pendleton Lite Hunter Sheath
« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2017, 08:13:40 PM »
I was pleased with how my Roach Belly sheath turned out and decided to make one for my Cold Steel Pendleton Lite Hunter.  This one comes with a sheath almost identical to the Roach Belly, but it stays in better as the grip on the Pendleton is a little larger.
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CS Pendleton Lite Hunter Sheath
« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2017, 08:21:16 PM »
I kept this one a bit more simple, but I did try my hand at putting a basketweave stamp pattern on the main part of the sheath.  That definitely gets better with practice.

I also expanded the welt to a full 1/2 inch, which worked out very well.  I also used some screw in rivets to secure the bottom and top of the sheath and also the belt loop.

I attached a strap to hold the knife in the sheath using a small ball stud with two holes. The tightest and the knife will not come out (for when out and about and you don't want the knife to slip out).  On the looser hole, the knife is held in the sheath, but can be removed and replaced (for use when working around camp).
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Re: Roach Belly Sheath
« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2017, 02:58:30 AM »
thats very nice i have the same problem with a sheath the knife keeps slipping out of it
Kim - Which knife? The smaller Mora with a red wooden handle?  I might be able to make a new sheath for you.
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Re: Roach Belly Sheath
« Reply #7 on: January 12, 2017, 06:17:39 PM »
I have to check but I think so
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Re: Roach Belly Sheath
« Reply #8 on: January 13, 2017, 08:01:07 PM »
Kim - Which knife? The smaller Mora with a red wooden handle?  I might be able to make a new sheath for you.

That's probably the one.
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Re: Roach Belly Sheath
« Reply #9 on: January 14, 2017, 01:18:38 AM »
yea thats the one
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Re: Roach Belly Sheath
« Reply #10 on: January 14, 2017, 01:36:45 PM »
That's probably the one.
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Re: Roach Belly Sheath
« Reply #11 on: January 15, 2017, 08:55:09 PM »
Kim, when you have a chance measure the blade and let me know.
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Re: Roach Belly Sheath
« Reply #12 on: January 16, 2017, 01:05:54 AM »
sure
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Re: Roach Belly Sheath
« Reply #13 on: February 01, 2017, 10:00:27 PM »
sure
Kim, you have a chance to measure the blade on your Mora?  Let me know.
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Re: Roach Belly Sheath
« Reply #14 on: February 02, 2017, 01:04:33 AM »
oh I forgot thanks
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