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11/4/2017 4:52 PM
 

So I've got a simple leather sheath that I made up for a small 4 way file / rasp that I have  (so that I can put it in my pack)

Is there a better, lighter material than leather I can make a better one out of?  One that doesn't hold as much water preferably. 

 
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11/5/2017 1:39 AM
 
Firehose
 
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11/6/2017 6:31 AM
 
yep, firehose is the go to standard on fire crews. although getting ahold of some in the right diameter if you're not on a crew might be tough. do they sell cloth garden hose?

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11/6/2017 7:40 PM
 
I've found this

https://www.ahh.biz/fabric/heavy/firehose-fabric.php
 
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11/7/2017 1:53 AM
 
I don't think that's what you want...the fire hose has a rubber lining and a thick nylon exterior. How much do you need?
 
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11/7/2017 9:46 AM
 
The leather sheath I made is 9" long and 1.5" wide. (simple folded over and sewn along the loose side)

Maybe 3 times that? I want to make 2 sheaths and another one in case I mess one up?

And do you want the rubber inside against the file? Won't the file rub it out? And won't the rubber keep in moisture against the file? Or better to keep it OUT from the file?
 
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11/7/2017 10:59 AM
 
I would use nylon webbing. The tubular stuff might work and be easy to adapt.
 
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11/7/2017 12:15 PM
 
Hypalon? You can also get short lengths of various types of tough hose at a hardware store. Not sure it would be lighter than leather, though
 
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11/12/2017 12:40 PM
 
Kydex?
I might consider 1000D Cordura, two or three layers if sewn in a sheath, or, since you are talking fabric, use it to wrap the file and tie it like a parcel rather than sew a tube. I sewed a tube to carry a 36" bow saw blade from 100D Cordura. I don't expect it will last forever, but it was used to fly the blade in and out, not keep it masked day in day out, so it will do three or four trips. That saw is much harder on the material than a file will be.
Wrapping will be easier on the fabric than making a tube sheath.
Hypalon would be good. I might be tempted to sew that like a long, shallow envelope, with a flap closure, so that the file is dropped in on a long side, rather than slid in from a short side, if you follow. Again, that saves a lot of rubbing. Actually, could do that with the Cordura too.
Anything that is sufficiently waterproof to keep water away, will hold any water that gets in there. At least with the synthetics though they don't tend to just hold dampness in their fibres the way leather can do.
 
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11/20/2017 8:01 AM
 
I thought of kydex, as I have some and am set up to use it. But the file (and especially the rasp part) would shred the kydex.
 
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