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The Mora – Leather Woodcarving Knife Sheath (106 & 120) has been exclusively made by Shark Designs to custom fit the Mora Woodcarving Knife 106 and the Mora Woodcarving Knife 120, replacing the very basic plastic sheaths that are sold with these very good woodcarving tools.
The hand-made sheath has fully ‘Saddle’ stitched seams, and is made from only the very best grade 3.5mm vegetable-tanned leather. A good point to note, is that hand-sewn ‘Saddle’ stitched seams are about as strong as it gets. Saddle stitching ensures that the seams are not only aesthetically pleasing, but also incredibly strong, much, much stronger than anything that is machine stitched.
The Mora – Leather Woodcarving Knife Sheath (106 & 120) is a ‘Friction-Fit’ sheath. A ‘Friction-Fit’ sheath ensures that the wood carving knife is securely held in the sheath by virtue of the custom design and shape. It does not rely on flimsy straps with button or studs that easily stretch, wear out or break, resulting in injury or consequential loss of the knife.
An essential feature of all well-made sheath should inclued a ‘Welt’. The ‘Welt' lies between the two sides of the sheath, where the cutting edge of the knife usually sits. The Welt should protect the knife’s cutting edge whilst in the sheath, as well as protect the sheath from the knife’s cutting edge (i.e. preventing the knife from slicing into the leather or stitching). It should also provide the sheath with structural rigidity and strength. With all of these necessities in mind each of our high quality sheaths has been made with a sturdy thick, hardened, stiff leather ‘Welt’ that will protect both knife and sheath from each other as the Mora Woodcarving Knives is either unsheathed or sheathed.
It is important to note that sheaths that do not have a ‘Welt’ are a potential accident just waiting to happen. Making a sheath with no Welt reduced the manufacturing costs and thereby increases profitability, but will unavoidably guide, by virtue of the shape of the sheath, the cutting edge of that knife towards the unprotected stitch-line when the knife is being sheathed, or unsheathed. If the knife cuts into, or through, the sheath wall or stitch-line, it will cause serious damage to the sheath, but more importantly could cause the blade to seriously injure whoever is holding or wearing the sheath at the time. To get around this major design flaw, many manufacturers, of cheaper sheaths, overcome the safety issue by simply riveting the sheath together at the key points where a knife may potentially cut through the leather or stitching. Whilst this may seem to solve the problems of cost and safety, it comes at the expense of your knife’s cutting edge. After all, the purpose of a knife is to have, and keep, the very sharpest cutting edge that can be attained, which is not going to happen if it is constantly coming into contact with a metal rivet. Cheap Sheaths are dangerous and seriously bad for your knife!