Leather Sheath Kit Assembly Tutorial

The sheath kit contains the following:

  • Sheath body
  • Belt loop
  • Welt
  • Needle and waxed tread
  • 2 Sets of rivets

Assembly Process

Step 1:

  • Stain the sheath body and belt loop to the colour of your choice.
  • I stain the back and side of the belt loop and the top section of the back of the sheath body. (This is optional)
  • If you want to do stamp work on the sheath, do this before staining. Dampen the sheath slightly with a sponge to soften it before stamping.

Step 2:

  • Place the belt loop with the flesh side up on the sheath body. Line up one of the holes on the belt loop with the top hole of the sheath body.
  • Fit a rivet through the holes, with the rivet stem entering from the flesh side of the sheath body and the cap on the belt loop side.
  • Using a rivet setting tool and a soft face hammer: set the rivet firmly.
  • Fold the belt loop over and repeat the process for the bottom of the loop.

Step 3:

  • Using the welt, mark where the welt will fit on both sides of the sheath body. This helps to indicate where to apply adhesive.
  • Apply clear contact adhesive to 1 side of the welt and 1 side of the sheath body.
  • Give the glue to dry slightly, then carefully fit the welt. Start at the top and work your way down, making sure the edges match.
  • Press the welt down firmly to ensure a good fit.

Step 4:

  • Trim the welt back about 2mm from the centre line of the sheath body.(See the marking on the welt)
  • Then taper the welt down from about 20mm from the end.

Step 5:

  • Moisten the centre of the sheath body. This helps to soften it up so that it is easier to fold.
  • Apply adhesive to the other side of the welt and the sheath body.
  • Fold the 2 edges onto each other, again ensuring good alignment.
  • Use clamps to clamp the sheath. Use some scrap leather or soft material to protect the leather.

Step 6:

  • Mark where you are going to make the stitching holes. A spur wheel works well for this.
  • Carefully drill 2mm holes on the marks.

Step 7:

  • Use some coarse sand paper to true up and round the edges.

Step 8:

  • Thread the wax thread through the needle, then run the needle through the thread and pull the loose end of the thread tight. This prevents the thread from pulling out of the needle.
  • Start stitching the sheath from the belt loop side of the sheath at the third hole from the bottom.
    Stitch down to the bottom of the sheath and then go back up to the top of the sheath and then down again.
  • Continue back past the starting point. You are now doubling-up on the stitches in the bottom 3 holes. This prevents the stitches from pulling out.
    Keep going to the last hole and then back up to 1 hole past your starting point.
  • The 2 loose ends should both be on the belt loop side.
  • Pull the loose ends tight and cut them off as close as possible to the sheath.

Step 9:

  • Finally, moisten the edges and rub them with a scrap piece of leather or a wooden dowel. This will compact the fibers and give a smooth finish.


You can wet the entire sheath, then insert your knife and mold the leather to the shape of the knife. This will ensure a better fit. To do this you can cover the knife with cling wrap to prevent moisture and leather stain from damaging the knife while the leather is drying on the shape.

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