RE: [medieval-leather] Scabbards
- I tend to cheat - wrap the leather around a form (or a plastic wrapped
blade), clamp it along where the seam will go, and mark the line
lightly. Then remove the form and stitch, slice off everything more than
1/8th inch above the stitch line.
For thicker leather you'll want to dampen the leather first (thus the
plastic wrap on the blade) to make it bend better. Use the clamps (and
pliers if needed) to stretch and pull it tight over the form.
I still haven't gotten around to doing wooden sheaths, but some day..
From: ren_junkie [mailto:ren_junkie@...]
Sent: Thursday, August 07, 2003 10:07 PM
Subject: [medieval-leather] Scabbards
Ok, now time for a new question. I am trying to learn how to make
scabbards. Now, I know one way to do it already, which is very
strong, but ugly, overly beefy, and not very accurate visually. I am
trying to figure out the pattern for the leather to make a scabbard
that has its stitching in the back. It's the tip that gives me
trouble. I don't know how to cut the leather so that with a single
line of stitches in the back I can get the pointy shape at the tip.
If anyone is familiar with Starfire Swords, their scabbard is a good
example of what I want to do. Well, I want to do better, but I would
be content with that...lol I would even be happy with being able to
cover my modern ugly scabbards with a leather that is single-stitched
in the back to make it look better. I don't know anything about
stretching and shaping leather that way.
Now...anyone able to help?
Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to
- Hi James,
In London there's a place called LAARC, which is the archive store for the
Museum of London. They have a vast collection, and you can contact them to
arrange to visit certain artefacts in advance. Maybe you could check what
scabbards they have?
It's a short walk away from Old Street tube station (on the Northern Line,
'Bank' branch) so is fairly easy to get to. If there are any scabbards in
the Museum of London, they are usually able to be 'visited' too, by prior
Let us know how you get on!
> Date: Fri, 29 Oct 2004 10:04:31 +0800
> From: James Derrick <mhx@...>
>I was wondering if anyone could recommend some museums in London which
>would have exhibits particularly of mediaeval sword scabbards -
>(although other mediaeval leatherwork would also be interesting)