Although I have been a gun, knife and outdoor enthusiast/tinkerer all of my life, around 2000 I started making Kydex sheaths for resale when people were just finding out what Kydex was capable of. That hobby business expanded into leather working, knife making, blacksmithing and holster making, all passions I still try to indulge as frequently as possible. After the 2008 election I spent the vast majority of my time making leather pistol holsters for the booming firearms market, and at times I was receiving 50+ new order requests a week forcing me to turn business away. This was after all still a hobby..
In October 2013 after 18 years of marriage my wife and I adopted a newborn baby girl. We had about 5 weeks notice from the time we found out we had been selected until she was born. I immediately stopped taking new orders and put my business on hold so I could focus on building our new family. I have never regretted that decision! Those of you who make things for a living or hobby know it’s never truly out of your blood. I kept making leather gear and the occasional knife for personal use and have had plenty of honey-do’s to keep me busy in the shop, but have wanted to get back to making quality gear for others as well.
Now that our daughter is a little older and we’ve settled into our routine, I have a some more time on my hands after everyone goes to bed. It’s still tough to work out in the shop be separated from the family, impossible when my wife travels, so I have relocated my leather working studio from the shop to the house. I will be focusing on my first love, knives, and my passion for Busse knives in particular. There are a lot of great Busse’s out there and they all deserve a great sheath.
Ready to ship products are posted on Bladeforums.com & linked to from the “Sheaths ready to ship” page. If you would like to commission a sheath to be made to order please email me to coordinate your design. I try to keep my turn-around time as close to 3 weeks as possible.
All of my sheaths are hand cut from the finest American harvested and tanned hides from Wickett & Craig or Hermann Oak. The glove leather I use is the best quality you can get out of Italy, and my exotic skins come from only reputable certified importers, with serial numbers that can be traced back to their origin when required.
Pirtlemade sheaths are custom fit directly to the knives they are intended to carry, then wet molded and embossed for a perfect fit. All of my edges are hand boned and polished in a 3 part process and only colored with oil based dye. I never use paint-on edge coating products that eventually chip and wear away. My process is physical and time consuming but the edges of my sheaths will look great for many years to come with minimal maintenance.
With few exceptions, each sheath is marked with the model information of the knife it’s meant to carry, so there’s never a doubt if you grab the right sheath. Very few of my customers only have one knife and you should never store the knife in its sheath, so most of us have a drawer full of them.
All steps of my construction process are taken with the intent of creating the best handmade product I can for your knife and the process is never rushed. Each sheath takes about 1 week of bench time from start to finish.
If you buy one of my sheaths and are not satisfied with it for any reason you can return it for a full refund.
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