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Ostrich leg source

Discussion in 'Sheaths & Such' started by Richard338, Jan 22, 2019.

  1. Richard338

    Richard338 Gold Member Gold Member

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    May 3, 2005
    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.
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    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.
     
  2. claude scott

    claude scott making custom sheaths Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

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    Feb 28, 2011
    I
    get my ostrich from Jerry VanAmburg [email protected] 208-785-0800
     
  3. Richard338

    Richard338 Gold Member Gold Member

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    May 3, 2005
    Claude, thanks for your reply. Do you suggest leg leather for this purpose? and does Jerry supply that?
     
  4. paneraica

    paneraica

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  5. Richard338

    Richard338 Gold Member Gold Member

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    May 3, 2005
    Thanks for the suggestions. I spoke with Henry at Ostrichmarket. He is willing to have a small 6"x6" piece of the quill leather cut and also has some of the leg/shin pieces. I will update if/when I get them delivered.
     
  6. claude scott

    claude scott making custom sheaths Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

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    I would like to see it when your done
     
  7. Richard338

    Richard338 Gold Member Gold Member

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    I'll certainly post pics. I do have a slow moving WIP for this project over in shop talk.
    Claude, I appreciate your interest. I have many steps still to go, but if I finish it without any major mishaps then I will make a wooden core for a sheath.
    I saw some of your work on something similar, and since Bruce Bump gave me your card, I was planning to see if you might be interested in doing the leather part of the sheath...
     
  8. claude scott

    claude scott making custom sheaths Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

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    Feb 28, 2011
    Ya lets talk and see what we can come up with Thanks
     
  9. Richard338

    Richard338 Gold Member Gold Member

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    May 3, 2005
    I received my two pieces of Ostrich from Henry at OstrichMarket ($37 for both) in the mail today.
    One is cognac quill (6.5" x 6.5") and the other is green shin/leg.
    The green leg piece looks really nice to me so I will likely use it this time.
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    In case anyone is interested, the WIP of the project is over in shop talk: https://www.bladeforums.com/threads/viking-sword-design-wip.1621567/
     
  10. Del Raso Knives

    Del Raso Knives

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    Dec 24, 2005
    Australian Emu leg skins look the same as Ostrich. They are not as big but may help you out in the future if Ostrich is not available.
     
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