Support BladeForums! Paid memberships don't see ads! I like pouch sheaths quite a lot but I'm looking to make a blade only sheath with a keeper strap and belt loop. I've done one before but I may have gone a bit overboard with it. 5-6 layers seems a bit overkill. Instead of using the back piece as the belt loop piece I added another entire piece so the rivet holding the strap wouldn't be anywhere near the blade. I like the idea of the strap being riveted rather than sewn so it can rotate out of the way if wanted but I'm not entirely sold on the idea either and I wanted to see how other people prefer to mount theirs. In hindsight it would've made more sense to just gouge out a bit for the rivet to be recessed and use a thin patch glued over the rivet to protect the blade. Also I've seen the straps attached in quite a few different locations from low on the back of the sheath to up on the belt loop. Is there a standard or preferred location to attach the strap? Finally- snap or stud? I've used line 24 snaps from Tandy before and they seemed to last well but if the stud is a sturdier option I'm all ears. I don't line my sheaths in case that matters with any of these questions. When I made the above sheath and mounted the female end of the snap to the sheath body I gouged a divot into the mounting location and cemented a skived down patch piece of leather over the hardware to keep the blade from contacting metal- I assume that's the general practice but I'm not actually sure. I ordered another of Paul Long's DVDs which will probably answer all of these questions but the wheels are spinning and I'm trying to get a good idea of how the next sheath will be laid out. Thanks for any tips or advice.