This one was a bit tougher than most. Primarily due the fact that I had to ensure that I did the various bits of stitching in a particular order to make it work. In addition, as my sewing machine can only go into spaces just so small, I had to hand stitch two of the areas. The customer was rather fond of natural leather so I utilized 3-4oz. vegetable tanned tooling leather on the outside and a tan sueded pigskin as a lining. The PCS was hand finished with Fiebings Neatsfoot Oil upon completion. This PCS was designed to hold a small flashlight, Spacepen, Lighter, Swiss army knife and in addition act as his wallet to hold a variety of cards and cash. The edges are highly polished and dyed a darker brown to contrast the natural leather. This piece starts at $200.00 and goes up from there. The higher price is due to the intricacies of the design and handcrafted manufacture. To get an idea of what the customers views are on the custom leathercraft process with Dragonthorn Leatherworks and the finished product please take a read at the testimonial below. DH
After e-mailing photos before shipping to Adam B. his response was...
"It looks amazing Dave. It's been a pleasure to work with you. This has been the best custom process I've ever gone through. I can't wait to get my hands on it."
...and after asking if his PCS arrived safely?...
"It certainly did and man is it fantastic. I really can't express how impressed I am with the quality and function of it. Thank you for being a true craftsman who takes pride in his work. I will sing your praise to all who will listen."
...nuff said, yet another very satisfied customer!
I have included this PCS's details in order to show that one can in fact be made for a large knife. The knife in these photos is a Benchmade Mini-Axis and is a good 4.5" long. The customer wanted the PCS to hold the knife, a mini Bic lighter and have room to carry credit cards, cash and a drivers license. The PCS is made of 3-4oz. vegetable tanned tooling leather and is dyed a dark brown. The thread is a chestnut brown to blend nicely with the dark brown leather. This particular sheath is not lined and starts at $150.00. DH
I do not normally put up pictures of every PCS I create as there are just too many and I am afraid it would overwhelm my webpage speed. However, in this case I really did want to make a more "whimsical" post about the PCS you see in the pics above. My client "Brian", aka "Cartoon Freak" wanted a PCS to carry his favorite Zippo lighter, a small lock-back knife and a prized possession, his Bugs Bunny challenge coin (or his "fiddle coin" as his wife likes to say). We had a few email conversations back and forth (and I of course suggested a few necessary reasons that his wife should agree to the manufacture of a custom PCS) and during the conversations I mentioned that I would love to have a "Marvin the Martian" coin as it was, and remains, a favorite cartoon character of mine. A day later I received an email from Brian linking an ebay post where one was available. I've been thinking about it since that day but have been too busy to stop and order it. Long story short, I finished Brian's PCS (above in the pics) and mailed it off. The day his PCS was to arrive in his mailbox I received an envelope from Maryland with a return address and name that I did not recognize (ie, not a customer that I recalled). Upon opening the envelope what should drop into my hand but the very "Marvin the Martian" coin that I had been lusting after! Wow! Brian sent me a gift and hadn't even seen his PCS yet!
Below you will find a pic of my new, well new to me, "Marvin the Martian" coin and my well used and beat-up original PCS. Thanks Brian, now I have to make me a new PCS to hold the current items, a new Fenix LD02 flashlight AND my new prized possession "Marvin the Martian"! Life can be such a drag sometimes... ; ) In addition I have added a picture of the Warner Bros. Marvin the Martian just in case some of you are too young to remember just who he is... DH