Creating Custom Sheaths

[GUEST BLOG]: Recently a friend asked me to make a leather sheath for his Leatherman Charge TTI.  He was looking for something that he could wear to give his Leatherman a little extra class.  Having some previous leatherworking experience under my belt, I agreed to give it a try.

My main goals were to make something compact and low-profile. After considering the pros and cons of various designs, we decided on a wet-molded leather sheath, which would grip the contours of the tool, and allow it to be held securely in place without the need for a retaining strap.  We also decided on using a metal belt clip, so that the holster could be put on without having to unbuckle the belt.  I used vegetable-tanned cowhide leather, which molds nicely, and also responds well to tooling/stamping. While I was at it, I decided to also make a similar sheath for my LED Lenser F1R flashlight.

Here’s a summary of how I did it…

Materials
6 Oz vegetable-tanned cowhide
Thin pigskin leather (optional, for lining interior of sheath)
Metal belt clip
X-small double cap rivet
Braided, waxed, nylon thread
Sandpaper
Leather finish
Leather dye

Tools
Knife
Stapler or thumb tacks
Edge beveler (optional, to tidy edges of leather)
Awl or thonging chisel
Hammer
Rivet setter
Vice (optional, to hold leather during stitching)
2 Harness needles

Instructions:

  1. Molding The Leather - I wrapped the tools in plastic wrap to protect them, since they were going to be used as the “mold” to form the leather around.  Then I cut a couple oversized pieces of leather, soaked them in hot water for about a minute, and patted them down with a towel.  I placed the leather over the tools on a piece of wood, and began working it around the edges.  The leather wanted to pucker around the corners, so I cut slits to help it conform to the shape of the tools.  A bone creaser and modelling tool helped shape the leather around the edges, and I used pins to hold leather in place while working other portions. I let the leather dry completely before moving on.
  2. Tooling – To prepare the leather for tooling, it had to be “cased”.  I dampened the area with a sponge and waited a few minutes until the leather returned to it’s normal color. Then I used some stamping tools and a plastic hammer to tool a tree design into the leather.
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  3. Dying/Antiquing – I cut a piece of leather to use for the back of the sheath, and trimmed the excess leather from the front piece.  I applied a black dye to the tree, and then used a gel antique to cover the entire surface of both pieces.
  4. Belt Clip and Liner – I cut a slit in the back piece to allow the belt clip to be attached, using a single rivet.  Then I used contact cement to glue a thin lining of pig skin, just to prevent the clip or rivet from scratching the tools.
  5. Bringing Things Together – Using contact cement around the edge, I glued the two pieces together and did a test fit of the tools, before trimming the excess leather from the back piece.  I cleaned up the edges using 400 grit sandpaper, applied some gel antique, and hand-burnished by dampening the edges and rubbing them with a piece of denim.
  6. Stitching - I used a hammer and thonging chisel to punch holes through the leather.  After that, I used two harness needles and some braided nylon thread to stitch the two halves together, using a saddle stitch.
  7. Finish - The last step was to apply a finish.  I used a homemade beeswax mixture to finish the sheaths.  I warmed the leather with a heat gun, and kept applying the wax until the leather would no longer absorb it.  After a quick buff with a towel, the sheaths were finished!

Cam Bergerman is a craftsman who embraces the DIY ethic, to create items ranging from longbows to sea kayaks, using natural materials such as leather and wood whenever possible. To see more of his work or to contact him, check out his facebook page at www.facebook.com/CamsStuff, or on Instagram @cams_stuff

XEO 19R Named ‘Best in Show’ By GearJunkie.com

GearJunkie.com selected the XEO 19R from LED LENSER as ‘Best in Show – Top Gear For 2016’ at the 2015 Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, held in Salt Lake City, UT August 5-8, 2015. Gear Junkie’s editors and reporters covered the show to find the best products and innovations in gear design.

The XEO headlamp is the first of its kind with a bright 2000 lumen output in two independently operated LEDs, state-of-the-art technology, and transformative design that allows the user to wear, carry and mount the light comfortably for all situations.

The XEO was created with a new user-friendly dynamic control pad that lets the operator easily adapt the light between settings. Light modes and brightness can be changed with the use of the five intuitive programmed buttons on the top of the light, making lighting favorite activities simpler than ever.

The XEO will also introduce three new advanced features including a USB charger and power bank, OPTISENSE™ technology and an air intake chamber. The remarkable USB charger and power bank will let the consumer use the headlamp battery to charge a phone, GoPro®, or other electronic devices on-the-go. OPTISENSE™ technology uses an integrated brightness sensor to give the light the ability to measure the output needed in real-time and then adjusting accordingly. The air intake chamber was designed to allow air enter into the headlamp as the user moves, cooling the LEDs so the XEO will maintain peak performance and brightness for longer.

The XEO headlamp includes a rechargeable Li-ion battery pack, optional extended power cord and run for up to 40 hours. It is designed with IPX6 splash-proof housing, and is backed by our industry-leading 5-year warranty. The XEO also has a variety of mounting accessories that can be used in a number of original ways: like clip it to a belt or bag, transform it to a handheld flashlight, mount it to a helmet, or even attach it to a bike during a ride.

Do what you love, longer.

With our SEO headlamp series we want you to get outdoors and connect with nature equipped with the best and most reliable lights you can. We want you be hands-free and able to participate like you would midday.

We want you to hike, ride, ski, surf, run, bike, snowboard, skate, climb, camp, tailgate, explore, adventure, fish, backpack, canoe, kayak, travel, race, tour, navigate, or party… longer.

Shop the SEO series headlamps.

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Bagpipes, Runners, and LED LENSER

LED LENSER had the opportunity to support the inaugural TEDxPortland 6K night run, held May 7, 2015 in Portland, Oregon. This non-competitive, family-friendly route took runners around the Portland Waterfront at sunset and continued into the evening.

The theme this year was “Paint the Town Red.” LED LENSER donated Red SEO 5 headlamps for pacers and volunteers of the event. The power and versatility of the SEO 5 was a hit among the runners and volunteers alike. Watch the video below and see the awesome spirit of Portland, Oregon!

SSgt Josh Burnett and Military Working Dog, Jecky

We sometimes hear about awesome organizations who use our products to give to military men and women around the world for various reasons. Very rarely do we get something as cool as an image of them in the moment with our products.

The Vietnam Security Police Association assembled some packages with Surge multi-tools and M5 LED LENSER lights to give to members of the Old Dawgs and Pups program.

Here, in the image below, you see Staff Sergeant Josh Burnett opening his new Surge and M5 with the help of his MWD, Jecky. Jecky must assume there’s dog treats in the box but there must be another package from his official Old Dawgs & Pups sponsor on the way for him.

This is a one-of-a-kind photo and we thank all the military men and women around the world for everything they do. 

New VP of Marketing at Leatherman Tool Group, Inc.

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Bobbie Parisi to Vice President of Marketing of Leatherman Tool Group, Inc. as of February 16, 2015. Parisi will be located at our Portland, Oregon manufacturing headquarters and report to our President, Ben Rivera.

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Bobbie Parisi

Parisi has an extensive brand management background in the outdoor industry in the Northwest. Prior to this role, Parisi served in executive level marketing and brand management positions at Yakima Products, KEEN, Dr. Martens, Nike, and Jose Cuervo.

Parisi is an outdoor enthusiast, active in the community, and passionate about getting youth into the outdoors. She is currently serving as a board member on the OIWC (Oregon Industries Women’s Coalition), a non-profit that promotes diversity in the outdoor, bike, and snow industries, and as a Board member for Big Brothers, Big Sisters organization. She also serves on the Portland Athletic & Outdoor Advisory Council.

“At Leatherman, we place top priority on crafting quality products for end-users at our headquarters in Portland, Oregon,” said Leatherman President, Ben Rivera. “Bobbie Parisi will be instrumental in driving the global direction of our brand, product innovation, and communications. I’m very excited to have Bobbie join Leatherman as Vice President of Marketing.”

In this role for Leatherman, Parisi will be responsible for leading the marketing department, as well as global brand strategy, advanced product development, and product management. She will also be managing the LED LENSER brand for the US market.

WELCOME BOBBIE!

LED LENSER Becomes Exclusive Safety Partner of the 2015 Hood To Coast Relay

We’re proud to announce that we’ve partnered with the 2015 Providence Hood To Coast Relay presented by Les Schwab Tire Centers as the Official Safety Sponsor. The 34th annual Hood To Coast/Portland To Coast Relays race participants run and walk through light and dark, and varying temperatures.

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As the Exclusive Safety Sponsor of the 2015 relays, our partnership will bring increased awareness to course safety and encourage participants to utilize LED LENSER products. LED LENSER flashlights and headlamps allow runners and walkers to control the light for their relay experience so participants can stay safe and extend the time they’re able to be involved in outdoor activities. Our NEO headlamp is a perfect light-weight headlamp at 1.9 ounces for every runner and walker. It has an ultra-wide 150˚ beam so participants can see more of what’s in front of them, and contains a rear blinking light for additional safety and visibility.

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“We are proud to partner with LED LENSER as our Exclusive Safety Sponsor of the 2015 relays,” said Race Director Felicia Hubber. “Our number one priority is to ensure that all of our runners and walkers have a safe and enjoyable experience. I know, as an experienced runner and user of the LED LENSER NEO headlamp, that these high-quality headlamps will contribute significantly to the safety and efficiency of our iconic relays.”

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The Providence Hood To Coast Relay is the most popular relay race in the world with over 19,000 runners and walkers participating in three events: the 34th annual Providence Hood To Coast Relay, the 25th annual Providence Portland To Coast Walk Relay, and the 18th annual Portland To Coast High School Challenge. This year, the three events include runners and walkers from all 50 U.S. states and 36 countries worldwide.

The Light Series

Lately, we’ve been focused on launching a group of high-intensity headlamps for active outdoors, sports and running users. We’re extremely proud of these new products – check out our awesome new video here:

The lights featured in this video are the NEO, XEO, SEO 7R and the H14R.2.

  • NEO: The ultimate running headlamp, with features like 90 bright lumens of light, a 150˚ ultra wide beam and a rear blinking light. We want you to be safe, see clearly and be seen while enjoying your favorite adventures, and at only 1.9 oz, you’ll barely notice it’s there.
  • H14R.2: Perfect for hiking, camping, or extreme outdoor adventures.The rechargeable H14R.2 is a lightweight 12 ounces and it’s 850 lumens will keep your area more than well lit at all times.
  • XEO: Brand new, just introduced. This dual-LED light gives you the ultimate control over your light and adventure. Boosting at 2000 lumens, with the ability to focus two lights on beam or spot, you can light your whole area while still focusing on the task at hand.
  • SEO 7R: An optional red night-vision preserves your eyes in times you need it most. Packed with technology, the SEO 7R will sense the light level in your surrounding area and will adjust its brightness automatically to save battery life and give you light when you need it, without taking your hands from your task.

See more LED LENSER lights, for all kinds of activities and adventures. And make sure to take note of our popular SEO headlamp upgrades in style and function.

Upgrades for our SEO Headlamps

LED LENSER, a Leatherman Tool Group, Inc. company, announced a refresh to their lineup of powerful and lightweight SEO LED headlamps. LED LENSER has added consumer-requested features, boosted lumen performance, and given a new look to the ISPO Award-winning SEO 3, SEO 5, and SEO 7R.

New features to the SEO line include a silver focusing ring to eliminate light loss from the edges of the lens and new ergonomic headbands for the whole line. The SEO 3 has been completely rethought with LED LENSER’s Advanced Focus System™ and a new LED chip that boosts lumen performance by 10%.

All the lights in the SEO line feature Smart Light Technology™ for switching quickly between high and low power and a signal mode and LED LENSER’s patented Advanced Focus System™ for either a wide beam for reading a map, or a powerful spot for long distance visibility. All SEO lights feature a red light mode for preserving night vision.

The SEO 7R pioneered a new patented technology for LED LENSER, OPTISENSE™, which measures the light level in the user’s surrounding area in real time. The light then adjusts its brightness automatically, saving battery life and providing the user with just the right amount of light, hands free. SEO 7R also comes with a rechargeable battery pack that allows the user the option of charging via a conventional plug or USB, or using three AAA batteries.

All SEO headlamps weigh less than 3.5 ounces, have a helpful carabiner clip for carrying on the go, and feature a swiveling head to direct light exactly where it’s needed. The green SEO 3 provides 100 lumens on high; the SEO 5 headlamp, which comes in a gray or red option, provides 180 lumens; the blue SEO 7R provides 220 lumens. All three lights operate on only three AAA batteries.

The new XEO headlamp: Groundbreaking Dual-LED Technology, all in your control.

LED LENSER, a Leatherman Tool Group, Inc. company, has designed a groundbreaking and versatile headlamp for the ultimate adventurer. The XEO headlamp is the first of its kind with a bright 2000 lumen output in two independently operated LEDs, state-of-the-art technology, and transformative design that allows the user to wear, carry and mount the light comfortably for all situations.

Holding two separately controlled LEDs, the XEO’s patented structure will allow easy independent manipulation of each light. “The ability to focus and control each lens freely lets you design the light for your activity,” said Chris Currah, LED LENSER Product Manager. “You can decide to have one light on spot and one light on flood, or you can choose to have both on the same setting for a more defined spot or flood beam.”

The XEO was created with a new user-friendly dynamic control pad that lets the operator easily adapt the light between settings. Light modes and brightness can be changed with the use of the five intuitive programmed buttons on the top of the light, making lighting favorite activities simpler than ever.

The XEO will also introduce three new advanced features including a USB charger and power bank, OPTISENSE™ technology and an air intake chamber. The remarkable USB charger and power bank will let the consumer use the headlamp battery to charge a phone, GoPro®, or other electronic devices on-the-go. OPTISENSE™ technology uses an integrated brightness sensor to give the light the ability to measure the output needed in real-time and then adjusting accordingly. The air intake chamber was designed to allow air enter into the headlamp as the user moves, cooling the LEDs so the XEO will maintain peak performance and brightness for longer.

“We wanted something that can be used without the user worrying about switching between modes or features at a moment’s notice,” said Currah. “It’s one of our most sophisticated headlamps, letting you effortlessly control the light for your needs during any activity.”

The XEO headlamp will include a rechargeable Li-ion battery pack, optional extended power cord and run for up to 40 hours. It is designed with IPX6 splash-proof housing, and is backed by our industry-leading 5-year warranty. The XEO also has a variety of mounting accessories that can be used in a number of original ways: like clip it to a belt or bag, transform it to a handheld flashlight, mount it to a helmet, or even attach it to a bike during a ride.