Halftan Leather Sheath for Adorian type M3D+ Messer
Not all period sidearms had wooden-cored scabbards, some were made entirely from leather. We have spent a lot of time designing a sheath of this sort, without making it too bulky or too delicate, discarding several prototypes that weren't up to our standards.
We have found the answer to our design question in the historical method of using halftan leather.
'Half tan' means that the tanning chemicals don’t fully penetrate the hide. This process means that the grain and flesh side become vegetable-tanned leather whilst the middle stays rawhide. It opens up a variety of possibilities, including deeper and crisper embossing. and much more resilience during sewing. Due to the rawhide middle, it’s nearly impossible to tense the thread so much that it tears out a hole. Just as importantly, it’s extremely resistant to cuts when dry. This feature makes it perfect for sheaths but on the other hand- it makes the material extremely difficult to obtain.
Since it’s such a special and rarely seen leather, we decided to add something to make it stand out even more even at first glance: we have created a unique floral design for the Adorian sheath, and we as always emboss each one by hand.
The sheaths are all hand-sewn with linen thread, using an overhand stitch, flattened in the back. They are set up for vertical carry on a leather loop, as that’s the suspension we see in the vast majority of sources.
Please be advised; slight variations and differences may occur in the products due to their hand-made nature and the organic materials used.
The products aim to have the aesthetics of historical pieces, not the finish of mass-produced items. Each product bears the signs of its making; small tool marks and imperfections, which do not affect the build quality or usability but give each of our pieces its unique character.
While filing the order for a scabbard, please state the sidedness in the comments- is it meant to be for left- or a right-handed blade?
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