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Mark Hanna





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PostPosted: Sun 05 May, 2013 2:52 pm    Post subject: Windlass scabbard         Reply with quote

So any way to get the plastic coating off a windlass scabbard?

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Peter Messent




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PostPosted: Sun 05 May, 2013 3:51 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

On the leather? All of the windlass scabbards I had were kinda plasticy-coated leather - however, they were all leather, with no wooden core, so I ditched them and kept the chapes. in my experience, plastic-coated leather stays that way - I have, however, carefully skived the outer layer off for a suede-like look on modern knife sheaths.
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Josh Wilson




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PostPosted: Sun 05 May, 2013 4:23 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I peeled the throat and chape off on of their dagger scabbards and put it on the belt sander. Then smeared some glue around and covered it with another piece of leather, and seamed it up the back. I dyed it and rubbed beeswax into it.
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David Lewis Smith




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PostPosted: Sun 05 May, 2013 4:52 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I used fingernail polish remover to strip a windless scabbard
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Alan Schiff
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PostPosted: Mon 06 May, 2013 10:49 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I've used acetone to strip a Windlass scabbard. They might look plastic-y but it's just a shiny finish, they are not patent (plastic-coated) leather.

Hope that helps,
Alan
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Sean Flynt
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PostPosted: Mon 06 May, 2013 12:00 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I tend to have a few of these lying around, and there's not much historical good to be wrung from them. As an experiment, I cut the stitching on one, soaked it until it was pliable and rolled it up into a small package for storage. There's some good, thick leather in these scabbards. They're not great as sword scabbards, but they might be just the thing for some other historical projects, including knife scabbards, shoe soles, straps, etc. Storing them in a fist-size roll helps justify keeping them around "just in case."
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