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Here in the second of the series we focus on how Tommy makes the silver scabard throat he uses on some of his sheaths. If in making the sheath we require a silver scabbard throat, it will carry a different style belt loop from the standard. This is described on a forthcoming page in which Tommy shows how he does his silver Eagle. So skip the belt loop section on the Kniveslida page.

Step #1

The throat is made after the pouting and colouring of the leather is finished, and the sheath has been allowed to dry 48 hours. First we must cut a seat into the leather to make a place for the silver fitting. Decide how the silver will fit on the leather and cut away 0,7-1,0 mm in thickness.

Step #2 Make the template in paper first. The use of a paper pattern can yield more accurate results especially if the fitting has a decorated edge and is not straight and it saves raw materials. When it has served its purpose as a pattern it can be used to work out preliminary designs for any surface decoration.

Step #3
Glue or double stick tape the paper on a sheet of silver and cut out the strip with a jewelers saw or any saw with a fine blade and narrow kerf.

Step #4

Bend the strip into an oval shape by putting the knife into the sheath and fitting the silver around it. Cut off the length so it fits exactly. You must have the edges butted against each other. You can do this by running a thin flat needle file between the ends to even out the gap.


Solder the ends shut. When doing more than one solder join we must either solder all joints simultaniously(very difficult to setup the piece) or use solder with different melting points for each joint and do them separately. Starting with the highest melting point solder we progress to the lowest otherwise the earlier solder joints will melt.

Step #5 Cut a slot into the oval to accept the D-ring tube. Use a small round file and make a small slot, almost all the way through and the same length as the pipe, around 14-15 mm. The inside diameter of the pipe is about 2.3 mm to allow clearance for the 2mm silver wire which goes inside.

Step #6 Solder (braze) the pipe into the slot.

Step #7 Now we need our silver wire, diameter 2 mm. Put the wire inside the pipe and make into a D loop like the one in the picture, saw off the extra wire and solder the ends together. .

Step #8 Now, make sure that it all fits like a hand in a glove. Shape and finish up the fitting until it fits properly.

Step #9 After that we must Solder (braze) 2 or 3 small pieces of silver plate on the inside just as a precaution. The glue must have something to key into. Make sure that you make allowance for this in the leather also.

Step #10 Pickle the finished fitting to clean it. Submerge in a hot bath of sulphuric acid, at a temp of 40 degree Celsius for about 1 hour. This will remove oxides so we have a pure surface on the silver, or else it will be blue and so on. Remove from the pickle and rinse and polish.

Step #11 Use masking tape on the sheath to protect it from excess glue when you glue the fitting in place. Use a 2 component rapid glue. Wrap plastic film, 3-4 layers, on the knife and insert the knife to press out the leather into contact with the silver and squeeze out any excess glue. Work on it until it is dry then cut away the leather that is superfluous.

Silver Work

Silverwork
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