How to Stifffen a Nylon Web Sheath?

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  1. JoeCivvie
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    JoeCivvie LE

    I have a machete with a soft'ish nylon webbing sheath which I would like to make in to a hard sheath. (I carry it sort of half in the top of my day-sack with the hhandle over my shoulder.

    Before the fnaar fnaarr have you tried shoving a viagra doen there does anyone have any iddeas please?

    I think there is something to do with glass fibre that might do it, but I know less about glass fibre than I do about nuclear physics.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. polar69
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    I was going to take the piss then I checked your location, Hong Kong, fair enough. The issue machete sheaths were quite stiff
     
  3. cloudbuster
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    cloudbuster

    Get a local cobbler to run you one up in leather.
     
  4. wet_blobby
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    I take it the problem is putting the Machete back in the sheath. I seem to remember the sheath having a metal "top" to aid the machete being fed into it. Would strengthening the access "slot" at the top of the sheath work instead of strengthening the whole thing?
     
  5. llech
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    Thought of cableties on a piece of plastic (cut up an old plastic box) the the back of it?
     
  6. JoeCivvie
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    Good calls all.

    The problem is about half-way down the empty sheath where it goes in to the day sack. It bends it making it difficult to push in to the sheath past that point. I don't want to use solid stiffeners because of weight.

    I've also thought about soaking it in PVA glue, but I don't think it would be strong enough. (Whatever I use I thought I'd keep it in the sheath wrapped in clingfilm and then Vaseline or KY as a release agent whilst whatever it is dries.
     
  7. The_Duke
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    A thin sheet of plastic bonded or rivetted to the back of the sheath will add next to nothing in terms of weight.

    Are you one of those blokes who cuts the handle off their toothbrush "to save weight"?
     
  8. Blokeonabike
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    Makke up a dummy knife from a cardboard box or similar, wrap in clingfilm and insert into the sheath to give it the correct form. Get some glassfibre resin (it will be in two parts, the resin and the hardener. Mix in the ratio as recommended by the manufacturer. Mix thoroughly but quickly and coat the outside of the sheath with the mixture, woorking it into the material with a stiff paintbrush. Leave for 24 hours to harden. Bobs you uncle, job done. wear disposable plastic gloves throughout the job and preferably do it outside as the glassfibre resin is unpleasant stuff to get on your hands and stinks.

    A simple but less durable alternative is to use paint or varnish on the cloth sheath as it will harden it up significantly but not to the saem extent as the glassfibre resin.
     
  9. guzzijon
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    If it has a straight edge you could try one of those plastic Snap-shut strips you get on wood saws- Bahco ones have them. Or how about attaching the sheath to the outside of your bergen.
     
  10. llech
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    llech LE

    Of course you can always look Wary/Mental and carry it in your teeth!
     
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  11. I'm sure a para will be along in a minute to say that heads are for hats...
     
  12. JoeCivvie
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    My pink hiking boots look good in the park.

    The PVA idea was just brainstorming, although it has held well on some wood I've glued which is outdoors.

    I think Blokeonabike wins today's helpful badge - I'll go with that.

    Thanks again for the suggestions.
     
  13. Biscuits_Brown
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    Bleach. Always f*cked up nylon webbing sufficiently.
     
  14. stoatman
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    stoatman LE

    Manfat. Make a party of it. Invite your mates & bukkake that sheath!
     
  15. pinty
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    pinty Old-Salt

    green plce bayonet frog........works fine for moi