Custom Kydex Sheath For My Hori Hori Garden Knife Trowel
So I finally got around to making a sheath for my Hori Hori Garden Knife Trowel. I’ve had this for a few years and it came with a POS leather sheath that was about as thick as a piece of paper, I never really used it and would just carry the knife around and of course I would leave it on the ground and would have to search around for it.
I haven’t posted on here about making kydex sheaths before but I’ve made a few for some handguns, axe’s tomahawks, knifes, multitools etc. It’s a fun hobby and I highly recommend to buy your gear from knifekits.com they are good people and have some of the best deals for the hobbyist knife maker or kydex supplies.
I spent about 30 mins making this sheath out of Kydex Coyote Brown .08, the .06 is a little thin for a larger knife and you could always go bigger if you need to. I had a small scrap piece that I used. I didn’t get all fancy making this as it’s going to be abused around the garden and yard.
There are a number of Hori Hori type knifes, I got mine from Hardwicks in Seattle, they supply high quality japanese knife’s and tools not to mention carry a good assortment of anything hardware related, they are the only place I know where you can still barter and trade, bring in a bucket of nails and screws and trade for who knows?
Onto the project; I simply laid out the knife and cut 2 identical pieces about 3-1/4″ wide x 12″ I then placed the kydex in my toaster oven which was already set to 275 degrees, after a little while I would check to see how pliable and then I pulled it out and placed into my homemade press.
I then removed the kydex and used some clamps to keep in place while I marked the cut out with a pencil and then used my utility scissors to cut a rough cut of the material.
After that I simply marked the location of the eyelets, you can also use rivets if you like. I drilled using the special eyelet drill bit, I then opened everything up and sanded the rough edges. I put it back together and had 3 of the eyelets holding it while cutting out the handle part. The next part was putting in the eyelets with the tool. Then unto the grinder for final edging cutout, I find the grinder to do a great job, just be careful and use the proper safety tools. I finish up with the wire wheel.
I marked the location of the belt loop and used a rivet to hold that on. Then it was just final fit and finish using a hand held heat gun to tighten things up around the handle and loosen things around the concave of the blade which made it really tight to remove. As a final touch I added a drain to the bottom using a small piece of wire.
All in all it works great, and the rotating belt clip means I can kneel or bend over and the blade stays vertical. I recommend using a Hori Hori and making your own sheath or buying a decent leather one.