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    Faux leather for sheaths?

    I'm planning to assemble a knife as a gift for a friend of mine who is a vegetarian and doesn't wear leather, so I was wondering if there were any good alternatives. I'd be particularly interested in a faux leather that can be molded like veg-tan -- perhaps heat-molded if it can't be wet-molded. Failing that, I guess a moldable plastic that I can cover in faux suede would be okay.

    I would consider wood, but I wouldn't entirely trust this individual not to get careless and crush a thin wood scabbard, and I don't want to make one that's so thick and bulky as to be hard to break in that way.
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    Not to be snide, or not too snide anyway, but why give a blade to a Vegan?
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    Well, it's not going to be one of those ones that only works on meat and can't be used for coring apples or opening boxes
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    A compromise could be vegetable tanned leather? Plastic/polymers are widely used now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Will Mathieson View Post
    A compromise could be vegetable tanned leather? Plastic/polymers are widely used now.
    Will, I think the problem is with the leather bit, not how it was tanned
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    Yeah, pretty much. Veg-tan is an ideal material but it is, alas, not vegetarian.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan D'Silva View Post
    I'm planning to assemble a knife as a gift for a friend of mine who is a vegetarian and doesn't wear leather, so I was wondering if there were any good alternatives.
    Linen over wood. Not having glued stuff with traditional hide glues, I'm not sure what the "most authentic" modern substitute glue would be. Epoxy and a few layers of linen will give you a super-strong scabbard. (Or linen over plastic, if you want more strength.)
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    I've seen linen and wood scabbards look appropriately rustic with a coat of linseed oil or beeswax. I would be concerned, however, about the capacity to survive being carelessly stepped on by a grown adult, especially if the knife isn't in it at the time to keep the hollow filled in.

    What sort of plastic would you look for, as a substitute for wood?
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    Teflon and Lexan are tough plastics. Might just find a pre made plastic scabbard that fits?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan D'Silva View Post
    What sort of plastic would you look for, as a substitute for wood?
    If it's going to be covered, there are plenty that will work well. Polyethylene and polypropylene can be difficult to glue (teflon/PTFE too?), and you want to avoid brittle plastics, so maybe ABS, kydex, polycarbonate.
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