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Author Topic: DIY Kydex holsters  (Read 4207 times)
maki
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« on: February 13, 2011, 01:51:35 am »

Edit-Thread title should be DIY, sorry.
For those who don't know what Kydex is;
It is a plastic that is thermo molded, and often used to make sheaths and holsters.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kydex

The stuff is relatively cheap, very durable, and easy to work.
I thought that anyone who is reasonably handy can make fited holsters for thier MO.

This is a picture tutorial using a heat gun. These folks also sell supplies like Kydex sheets.
http://www.northcoastknives.com/northcoast_knives_tutorials_kydexsheath.htm
http://www.northcoastknives.com/northcoast_knives_tutorials_kydexsheath2.htm


Here is a youtube video of  knife sheath making.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lczZWgN4Kg

This  site has kits, supplies, and tools.
http://www.knifekits.com/vcom/index.php?kk_products_sheath_main.htm~smain


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« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2011, 06:50:46 am »

OK so I've worked kydex before via boiling water and a heat gun. my problem is that I don't want to get that kind of heat near the MO....so first thing is to make a 'blank' of the MO then shape the kydex...unless anyone can thing of a better approach?
But the idea of a kydex sheath is a great one to protect these little beauties so thanks for the impetus!


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« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2011, 12:58:03 pm »

Kydex is usually worked at about 300 degrees F.
I always use the blue painters masking tape to surrond the object that I'm making a sheath for. It not for thermo protection but to make a slight space for when the kydex cools.
I've made holders for multiple cell phones and pagers with no ill effects for the electronic devices. The MO is a whole lot sturdier that these delicate things, but I do understand your reluctance.

My usual method is to use an old toaster oven set at 300, form and clamp, and to hit it with compressed air to cool rapidly so that I can move on to the finishing steps sooner.

Try it with a knife or leatherman tool first and see how you do.
Good luck.


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