Modifying the "Frog."
I have recommended the Kukri, Service, on the previous page. I still like the knife, but need to talk about how I modify the "frog," or means that the wooden sheath of the Kukri Service it hung on your belt.
If don't want to work with the leather as I do, then you might wish to consider the two other Kukris, that I have not tried yet. ( See " Other Recommendations, on the previous page.)
May 2006 changes. Leather will be colored later. Present form allows you to see how it was made. Made from belt scraps.
What the "frog" looks like on the Kukri, Service, when you buy it.
How I changed it.
The snap, on the left above, is mounted to some leather from the original frog. (The frog they send with them is made out of thin leather.) The brown strip, next in line from the left, at the top of the sheath, is a section from a leather purse my mother once made, and discarded. The next piece of leather, still listing from the left, is a section of a belt that I made for my father, in 1974. the overall piece, that holds them together, running in a horizontal hook, in the picture above, is a section of a worn-out belt of mine. Sort of a family project. All have since been died black.
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Note another of my "frog" modifications.
Front is above, back below. Actually have shifted the sheath from right to left - handed between the two pictures. You might want to make some means of removing the frog, and not permanently mount it, if you wish to do the same.
Often I use short little screws, that we call "tech screws," like they use in metal-stud framing, to add stability. (The kukri sheath is made of wood, and covered in goat-skin-leather.) As noted elsewhere, the black color they put on it often can be rinsed off under a faucet. better to so there, than have it come off on you.
I like the Service Kukri model because it takes very little modification to turn it into a good field knife. Removing the center, raised, ring, from the handle, and narrowing the but, and the blade side of the handle, is about all I do.
I do take out the notch they put in, and create a kind of curved area just in front of the handle, on the blade. Into that I file some notches, so that my fingers will not slip.
In short, I like the simplicity of the knife, and I expect to re-make any "frog" I commonly find on any kukri sheath. Modifying the handle is easy for me, as I am a carpenter, and like to work metal, as well. Commonly, I use a four-inch grinder, (be careful) and a belt sander to modify the handles. (A rough file is often used to give texture to the handle.) The blade is often sharpened and modified with round, chain-saw files, as they seem to work the best.
Redo kukri sheaths continuation, May 2006