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Jambo Reece
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Hi

I have a bunch of tools I would like to put in sheaths and holdalls etc. Billhook, axe, knives, sickles etc

Ideally I would like to make them from canvas. Not sure if "Duck" canvas or regular convas would be best suited, but maybe more importantly is the weight. I need something strong enough for the above items, assuming I will pout some webbing along the edges, but also not too strong that I'll need an industrial machine to sew it.

I have a taylor I use who has poweful machines for stitching leather and repairing many clothes, so something suited to that

I believe the weight of canvas is measured like this: #12 (lightest – 14.73 oz/yd2 or 499 grams/m2) to #1 (heaviest – 32 oz/yd2 or 1085 grams/m2).

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The sharp knives I carry on the boat for cutting bait and those to fillet the fish afterwards (if we're so lucky) are stored in sheaths I made from window blinds. When you trim the blinds to fit your window there are usually leftover slats. Cut two pieces of slat at least an inch longer than the blade, put curved sides together, flatten and wrap tightly with tape. I cut the end that touches the handle to match the angle of the handle (that's why i said at least an inch longer). I also cut a V notch on one slat for easy insert. This works well for straight blades and has lasted for years. Your blades that are not just straight may do well with hour idea of heavy canvas or leather. I would suggest looking for scrap pieces at upholstery shops (home and auto) and also boat repair shops may have scrap sailcloth. If these types of places are not in your area I would suggest an online search.
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Our local Goodwill has some useful materials suitable for a sheath:
Boots, handbags, heavy coats made from heavy cotton duck or leather...lots of materials for cheap you can cut several sheaths from. Hope this helps.
 
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Jambo Reece : Seat Belts ! With the possible exception of BIG Curved Blades like Cutlases, Seat Belts are an easy answer to creating your own Individual/Customized

Sheaths for most cutting tools needing covers !

Since the Adaptation of Shoulder Belts/Harnesses For all seating positions in Cars / Trucks, such belting material is Ubiquitous.

Good luck and good hunting ! Big Al
 
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Some great suggestions so far. Things I wouldn't have thought of. Though I'm trying to get myself in the habit of buying and making materials that I plan to eventualy grow, so I can maintain a complete system. Hemp canvas would be an ideal solution long term, but I'll settle for cotton for now
 
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