Kukri Sheath Strap Construction.

Turns out that the black Color Washes off these Indian Sheaths, and Straps.  Read about it.

Some very good Kukris come with some very cheap, and thin straps.   I mean the straps that are there to hold them on your belt.

These are basic notes for construction of a sheath-strap for the 17 inch Kukri I have detailed elsewhere.  Note that sometimes the measurement is listed as 17.5 or 18.5 inches.  Kukri is like one commonly called the K45.

 

BASIC SKETCH, TAKE THE MEASUREMENTS FROM THE DRAWING AND DRAW IT ON A PIECE OF PAPER, IF YOU WILL.  THIS DRAWING IS NOT TO SCALE.

 

PHOTOS OF THE LAYOUT OF THE SHEATH-STRAP.  THESE ARE ACTUALLY  OF THE "TOO-THIN"  KIND THAT CAME ON ONE KUKRI.

 

How Should It Look?

DETAIL ONE OF THE SETUP ON THE SHEATH.  PHOTO SHOWS LEATHER OF GOOD THICKNESS. 

Note that this is the sheath that came with the original Kukri, and like the ones I reference to buy on the web.

 

DETAIL TWO OF THE SETUP ON THE SHEATH.  PHOTO SHOWS LEATHER OF GOOD THICKNESS.

 

DETAIL THREE OF THE SETUP ON THE SHEATH.  PHOTO SHOWS LEATHER OF GOOD THICKNESS.

 

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A Way to Make a Replacement Sheath-Strap

How you might make such a sheath-strap setup, from an old belt:  In going through the tool box, on the back of my carpenter's truck, I found an old "harness" I used to wear.  You know, one of those carpenters belts, with the pouches on them. 

I had taken a couple of earlier models apart, and replaced worn-out leather parts, to make this one, that I now found again worn-out.  Instead of throwing the belt away, it is being recycled into a Kukri Sheath-Strap.

This belt is two-inch-wide leather.  I cut an eighteen-inch section from it, and sliced off two three-quarter-inch strips, for the straps, from either side.  (That removed the holes that were down the center.)  That will give me the 3/4" by sixteen-inch straps shown in the sketch. 

The belt, and the resulting strips were no longer straight.  (Belts sort of take your shape as you wear  them.)  Moisture causes the leather to change shape.  To change the shape again, you need to wet and form the leather. 

After soaking the strips in water  I nailed them to a board.  Measuring them a while ago, seems they are now eighteen-and-one-half-inches in length.  One needs to stretch them as you nail them down. Though slightly irregular, they will make a good set of straps, for the belt-loop part.  (see drawing above)

Completing that, I cut two nine-inch strips from the rest of the belt, for the flat part, shown as 3" by 7 1\2", in the drawing above.  Soaking them in warm water, I nailed them to a board.  (Though the drawing calls for a three-inch keeper, two inches will work as well.) 

The second, now nine-inch strip will be set aside for future use.  The remainder of the belt was glued to a board, to make a fixed leather strop, for final edge-polishing of a blade.

I cut the strips a bit longer than needed so the final result will be straight.  After cutting the flat part, that wraps around the wooden sheath of the Kukri to length, I will take my leather hole punches, and make the place that you run the shoe-laces through.

I may sew the three-quarter-inch-strips on permanently to the flat part, but there will definitely be two strips.  The two-strip setup give you a comfortable carrying strap system, that you do not notice.  As well, you can thread one side of it before the loop on you pants that you hang your knife on, and one after it.  That keeps it from moving.

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WHY  DID I  NEED TO REPLACE THE STRAP-SHEATH?  

As noted elsewhere  the original too-thin sheath straps turned out to be patent leather, of a white color, painted with an entirely water-soluble paint, that washed off under a running faucet. 

Note that the original Kukri, like the ones I reference to buy on the web, came with a brown leather sheath, that is fine, and color fast, and is illustrated in the last pictures shown above.

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