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ElvenSoul
11-16-2013, 3:35 PM
Arrrghh! Just chatting with a friend and his 16yr old just ruined the sheath for his new knife.

You have to beeswax leather knife sheaths!

Cold applications like this work ok http://www.skidmores.com/proddetail.asp?prod=wp

But the best is to hot beeswax
I prefer to dip the sheath into hot lliquefied bees wax. I use a old cake pan. Dip the sheath in with modified coat hangers for about 20 seconds.

take it out and lay it down on wax paper. Fit the knife into the sheath. Press or pinch the ends of the sheath to get a tight fit.

Then take a electric hot air dryer and reheat the sheath to smooth out the finish and remove any excess wax.

Your done.

Spaceghost
11-16-2013, 4:38 PM
complicated.

Sideline Shooter
11-16-2013, 4:48 PM
What is this procedure for? Water resistance or waterproofing? I have a few leather sheaths that are in the raw. Can I do the beeswax procedure as is or do I add some kind of polish or dye first and then beeswax?

ElvenSoul
11-16-2013, 4:57 PM
There is a parafin wax and hair dryer method.

Just heat sheath with hair dryer and rub on wax

Parafin has a lower melting point...might not be the thing for California Summers!

dominic
11-16-2013, 5:02 PM
Paraffin and beeswax mixed at around 60-40% is the method used by cowboy shooters for reconditioning old leather scabbards. Of course my old grandpa swore by bears grease.

ElvenSoul
11-16-2013, 5:11 PM
You can also use industrial floor wax... have heard from a few people that it works

ElvenSoul
11-16-2013, 5:13 PM
You have to be real careful that you do not cook the leather. Keep temp below 140. Leather cooks at just over 140.. most bees wax melts at 125

Rampage.Maupin
11-18-2013, 10:03 PM
How would you rate this stuff compared to mink oil?

ElvenSoul
11-19-2013, 7:33 PM
How would you rate this stuff compared to mink oil?

Beeswaxs puts a nearly permanent protective film around the leather. Plus it stiffens the leather up. Mink Oil softens and lossens the leather up.

Carsgunsandchics
11-19-2013, 8:31 PM
I use this on sheaths as well as boots etc..http://www.campmor.com/sno-seal-original-beeswax-waterproofing-jar.shtml?source=CI&ci_sku=10603WC&ci_gpa=pla&ci_kw=

jyo
11-28-2013, 12:52 AM
I used a waxy substance called Snow Seal---heat leather item in sun for a while---rub in Snow Seal---wipe off excess---you're done!
Kept boots absolutely water-tight while hunting in Alaska...

Letterman52
12-27-2013, 11:19 PM
I used a waxy substance called Snow Seal---heat leather item in sun for a while---rub in Snow Seal---wipe off excess---you're done!
Kept boots absolutely water-tight while hunting in Alaska...

Amazing product. I'm about to go through a winter TBS in Quantico. Thank you !!!!

themood
01-01-2014, 9:01 PM
Never used it on sheaths but I will now. I love sno seal.

ERdept
01-26-2014, 8:38 PM
What do you think of parafin and beeswax?


I have a lot of beeswax if anyone needs.

PM me, trade for ammo.

ElvenSoul
02-02-2014, 8:25 PM
There is a youtube of a guy using industrial floring wax for his sheaths. Comes in big paint buckets.

Shasta Frog
02-02-2014, 9:20 PM
I don't have any leather sheaths, But how is it ruined? By being soft and not holding shape or something else? Could this be applied to leather holsters?

thomashoward
02-02-2014, 10:03 PM
Sno-Seal no silicones