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Offline bradleybuckman

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Leather Stacked Firesteel
« on: September 09, 2012, 04:31:08 PM »
This is my first time trying to make anything with stacked leather. I'm pretty much finished with it, but I'm not really sure what to do next. It seems like I read somewhere about the use of superglue to kind of seal it and give it a nice shine. I was planning on dyeing it a dark brown and I'm guessing that the super glue comes after that step, but not sure. Also, do I sand it after the super glue or should I even use super glue? I know there are a lot of you guys that have experience with making stacked leather knives and other things, and would appreciate your suggestions. Thanks.

Here it is, just needs the finishing work done.



Instead of using a lanyard tube, I added one of the pull apart quick releases that I have come to prefer.

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Re: Leather Stacked Firesteel
« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2012, 04:37:52 PM »
Nice job.  Love the QR.
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Re: Leather Stacked Firesteel
« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2012, 04:43:57 PM »
Here's another vote for the quick release. :thumbsup: Nicely done!

For the finish, you will want to dye the leather first. When the dye is dry, you can lightly moisten the leather and burnish it on a flat hard piece of glass or plastic. This will give it a great shine. After the moisture dries you can try the super glue. You may want to sand it with a very fine (600 grit) sandpaper after using the superglue if there are any runs or rough spots, then follow up with a buffing wheel and some compound.

Since it's leather you might find that using a glossy leather finish like Tandy's "Super Sheene" is all you need. Depends on how much use it will be and how long you expect it to hold up. The leather is more flexible than super glue so over time it could crack. But it will also be a more waterproof and durable coating than the acrylic super sheene.

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Re: Leather Stacked Firesteel
« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2012, 05:18:43 PM »
That is a great job on the stacked leather handle. I can't help you on finishing it though but look forward to the finshed handle.
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Re: Leather Stacked Firesteel
« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2012, 04:18:31 PM »
Thanks for the compliments and I really like the convenience of that quick release too. It's really nice not having a lanyard or anything else getting in the way when you want to use the fire steel.

Thanks for the help and suggestions, PetrifiedWood. Since I already had some Super Sheene on hand and was more familiar with its use, I went with that. I still have a few things that I need to figure out before my next project, but I'm pretty happy with how it turned out overall for my first attempt at stacked leather.  I dyed it a chocolate color and put 2 coats of Super Sheene on it. I may put another coat or two on it, but it's pretty much finished at this point. Here are a few pictures of it.





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Re: Leather Stacked Firesteel
« Reply #5 on: September 11, 2012, 05:00:59 PM »
Very nice! Cool kydex on the wett too! Where do you buy the quick release?

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Re: Leather Stacked Firesteel
« Reply #6 on: September 11, 2012, 05:39:30 PM »
The finished project looks great Bradley. I might need to try this on a knife I have been sitting on.
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Re: Leather Stacked Firesteel
« Reply #7 on: September 11, 2012, 05:44:20 PM »
That looks AWESOME!!  :drool:

 Super job on that and on the QR, that's great!! :thumbsup:

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Re: Leather Stacked Firesteel
« Reply #8 on: September 11, 2012, 05:52:18 PM »
Man that is a nice job! looks really cool

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Re: Leather Stacked Firesteel
« Reply #9 on: September 11, 2012, 06:42:24 PM »
Well done! And yeah that kydex mask is pretty slick. :D

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Re: Leather Stacked Firesteel
« Reply #10 on: September 11, 2012, 11:39:11 PM »
that came out awesome man! all the stacked firesteels ive done i have used super glue to finish them off. they buff out like glass as long as you sand it smooth before the glue, and they look fantastic :thumbsup:
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Re: Leather Stacked Firesteel
« Reply #11 on: September 12, 2012, 05:39:19 AM »
Thanks guys, I really appreciate the compliments. I would encourage any of you guys that are wanting to make one to give it a shot. It's really not all that hard to do.


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Re: Leather Stacked Firesteel
« Reply #12 on: September 12, 2012, 05:42:21 AM »
Very nice! Cool kydex on the wett too! Where do you buy the quick release?

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I got the quick releases from Walmart, but you can get them at Lowes and a ton of other places also. At Walmart, they are on the little display with all the other key chains, right around where they make extra keys. They are right under $2 per quick release at the Walmart by me.
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Re: Leather Stacked Firesteel
« Reply #13 on: September 12, 2012, 05:45:30 AM »
The finished project looks great Bradley. I might need to try this on a knife I have been sitting on.

That's what my plan is also. I think you should give it a shot. I've always wanted one of the stacked leather fire steels, so I figured I would make one and use the process as a learning experience for when I do get around to those knife blanks I've had laying around for over a year.
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Re: Leather Stacked Firesteel
« Reply #14 on: September 12, 2012, 05:50:06 AM »
Well done! And yeah that kydex mask is pretty slick. :D

Thanks. Here is the link to the guy that I got the kydex sheath from if any of you guys are interested in one. http://www.grizzly-outdoors.com/shop/category/gransfors-bruks-hunters-axe.


that came out awesome man! all the stacked firesteels ive done i have used super glue to finish them off. they buff out like glass as long as you sand it smooth before the glue, and they look fantastic :thumbsup:

Thanks Steve. I think I'll try out the super glue on my next go round and see how it turns out. All the pictures that I've seen of people that finished their knives with super glue, looked amazing.
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Re: Leather Stacked Firesteel
« Reply #15 on: September 12, 2012, 06:35:03 AM »
That stacked handle looks great!

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Re: Leather Stacked Firesteel
« Reply #16 on: September 12, 2012, 08:59:06 AM »
Really nice!
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Re: Leather Stacked Firesteel
« Reply #17 on: September 12, 2012, 09:31:40 AM »
Looks great to me. I have been wanting to make an attempt at one for quite some time now.
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Re: Leather Stacked Firesteel
« Reply #18 on: September 12, 2012, 10:35:45 AM »
Really great work on both those projects :)
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Leather Stacked Firesteel
« Reply #19 on: September 12, 2012, 02:15:35 PM »
That looks awesome.
Maybe I'll try some fire steel projects this winter.
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Re: Leather Stacked Firesteel
« Reply #20 on: September 12, 2012, 04:48:58 PM »
Very nice!

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Re: Leather Stacked Firesteel
« Reply #21 on: September 12, 2012, 05:49:40 PM »
Nice job! I'm liking the quick release too!

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Re: Leather Stacked Firesteel
« Reply #22 on: September 14, 2012, 04:28:26 PM »
Thanks guys.
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