Busse Battle Saw 20170205

I made this Battle Saw sheath a while back.  I don’t take orders any more and I work at a glacial pace, but sometimes something turns out nice and I want to share.

As usual, the knife inspired the sheath design.  I wanted to incorporate the saw teeth on the spine of the Battle Saw.  I ended up with the overlays on the front and back of the sheath, which have the same sawtooth pattern.

Sometimes it’s convenient to carry a sheath this size on your belt.  Other times it’s a bit much and I’d rather stash it in my pack.  This sheath supports both options with a removable dangler.  The snaps are Pull-the-Dot style, which only open when pulling in one direction.  With these snaps, the sheath is not going to get pulled off your belt, but it’s a cinch to remove when desired.

I used a pin lock on this sheath.  This is my favorite retention method, and it works great here.  It can be removed altogether if you want a slip sheath, if desired.

Leather is vegetable tanned, dyed British Tan.  The edges are dyed and burnished, but not painted.

Made with care in Seattle, Washington.

This one is available for immediate sale – $130 USD + shipping.  Contact me if interested.

Photo Books

Over the years I’ve taken photos of almost all my work.  Darn those few that got away without a photo set!  I spent a few weekends combing through my photos, curating two collections of my favorite work so far.  These photo books make excellent coffee table books as discussion pieces to share with your friends and family, or any place you want to just sit around and check out some fine leather work.

This first book is soft cover, containing 26 pages of my finest knife sheaths:

The second book is hardbound, uses exquisite quality paper, and comes in at 104 pages of full color and high detail photography:

You can preview the entire contents of both books to get a sense for the content.  The second book is amazing in the hand with full page 11×13 prints on ultra high quality paper!

Busse Son of Badger 201605

I always enjoy improving my leather carving skills.  These oak leaf patterns are a classic stand-by of American leather carving; they just never get old.  The difference between a good piece and an excellent piece is the dimensionality that makes the design jump out of the canvas and really grab you.

On this one the oak leaf pops out of the border, and the reverse coloring makes the carving stand out.

The leather is vegetable tanned, dyed a medium brown color.  Gold synthetic whipping twine adds some contrast, and the entire sheath is sealed inside and out.  The strap is not integral to the sheath and can be replaced if cut.  The strap design moves it out of the way of the blade when inserting and removing.

Made with care by MikeyMoto Leather in Seattle, Washington.

Busse Son of Badger 201604

This little black sheath was an experiment in minimal design.  I made this one using very thin leather so I do not recommend subjecting it to heavy use, nevertheless it is built to last.  It’s sterile, meaning it does not bear my maker mark on the back side.

The leather is vegetable tanned, dyed black.  The belt loop is in the style I’ve been liking lately: the old school slit strap allows belt carry while maintaining a thin profile.  Red synthetic whipping twine adds a touch of color.  Sealed inside and out.

Made with care in Seattle, Washington.

This one is available for immediate sale – $40 USD + shipping.  Contact me if interested.

Busse Team Gemini Sheath 201603

Season six of The Walking Dead is on winter break as I write this post.  In earlier seasons one of the survivors – Daryl Dixon – carries a Busse Team Gemini knife in a crusty home-made looking laced leather sheath.  Collectors of Busse knives went wild over the publicity of the brand and have enjoyed following the show, even after Daryl dropped his Busse at Terminus and moved on to less reputable knives.

This sheath I’ve made is inspired by Daryl Dixon’s, however while his is a prop sheath mine is crafted with care and attention to detail.  It’s made with drum dyed black leather that’s been “shot through,” meaning the dye has fully saturated the thickness of the leather.  The leather has waxes and oils mixed in during the dyeing process to lubricate the fibers and keep the leather from drying out for an extended period.

I’ve used classic slits for the belt loop which help keep a thin overall package without compromising integrity.  The lacing is of course done by hand, and the entire sheath has been sealed for long useful life.

The keeper is riveted to the body so you can’t lose it.

Made by my hands in Seattle, Washington.  Thank you for looking.

Busse Team Gemini 201602

There’s a story behind the name of the Busse Team Gemini knife, as told by the man Jerry Busse himself.  This sheath is carved with the astrological sign of the gemini, and features a basket weave covering the rest of the front.  The vegetable tanned leather has been dyed black, and it’s stitched together with blue synthetic thread.  The sheath is sealed inside and out for a long useful life in the outdoors.

Here’s a close-up of the front:

The leather on this one has some scars which give it both texture and character:

Oops, there’s an area on the front belt loop where the leather resisted the black dye.

Thanks for looking.  Made with pleasure by MikeyMoto Leather.

Notebook Cover 201601

I made this notebook cover for someone who came across my web site and needed a custom fit for his book.  He had a commercial notebook cover that was almost but not quite the right size.  I took measurements and a week later delivered this cover to him.  It’s a perfect custom fit.

This brown oiled leather has a supple hand feel and folds nicely, while at the same time providing plenty of protection for its contents.  I hand-stitched the double rows using a synthetic Marlow whipping twine I just love using on my projects.  I rarely use anything else.

Brown oiled leather and light brown thread.
Cut-outs on the inner panels allow for business cards, bookmarks, or other light storage until you get home or back to the office.
From the hands of MikeyMoto Leather.