You are very welcome (for the schooling)
By your own words "in my limited experience".......the horse show set is populated by many of the same folks who have pockets deep enough to afford
fine custom knives along with Horses and tack and the salaries and fees charged by their trainers who...
Oh, Brownshoe your apparent ignorance of cowboy artisans is on full display. You can tell by my screen name I'm fairly well known and connected to the kinfe community and my work with LEATHER is well accepted.............but in a previous life I was a cowboy, yeah a real one. I can further...
I never thought of myself as a collector, but I have, in fact, collected many, many of the world's finest knives for a few days at a time, ( and the neat thing is I get paid to do it). The very best part of it is the many very good and close friends I've gained as a result, makers, collectors...
The butterfly stamp is a generic 3D from Tandy/LF. Do your home work before you have Spyderco, and Benchmade stamps made. Those logos are proprietary and protected by trademark law. The companies involved have to give written permission for the licensed use to keep you out of
TanKote will act as a resist and make the area water resistant. Dyes (any type), neatsfoot oil, or water for wet forming
will not penetrate uniformly or completely. TanKote is the last application you should make. Wet form, Oil, Dye, then top
finishes, at least that's my routine.
All the orders i had are filled and the last three will mail today and among them will be
Richard's CPK Dagger which was used to test fit the sheaths. So any further orders will
have to send me thier dagger. I have the pattern developed, but still need to do the
final fit with the dagger...
The loaner dagger arrived and we'll get this party under way. I have eleven of you guys on the build list so it will be maybe as long as two weeks before the last sheath makes it to your door barring any unexpected delays.
@duramax: great design and execution, even greater job with that tricky stamp
One very minor observation, your border stamp is a little weak compared to the depth of the central stamping.
Great job overall!
Well, if you have been using a utility knife "for years" the that brings into question "newbie", but i digress.
You almost answered your own question. Serious professional leather craftsmen
almost all use a round knife and in many cases a dedicated straight flexible blade for skiving.