Support BladeForums! Paid memberships don't see ads! I am working on a viking sword and I want to think about the handle while the blade is out for heat treat. I plan to cover a wooden core with leather. On page 10 in an old thread https://www.bladeforums.com/threads/pattern-welded-sword-wip.620581/page-10, Philip Patton says that he uses Ostrich leather. I was thinking of doing the same, or possibly even using the leg skin. It seems that one must buy a huge piece of the leather, whereas the leg is not much bigger than I need for this project. I was looking at pieces on ostrichmarket.com Can anyone tell me if this is a good source? (also please feel free to comment on the suitability of Ostrich leg leather to cover a sword handle). Thanks.