Many times inexpensive gear items can be turned into a quality piece of gear with a simple modification. When using inexpensive gear items such as a pack knife, one of the items that can cause a lot of problems is an inferior sheath. After putting a good edge on it you sometimes find out that the point is sticking out of the sheath. This is not a good thing. A simple gear mod can usually fix this problem and turn an inferior piece of gear into a reliable piece of equipment.
Sheath Mod for Pack Knife
There are only two basic items required for this simple gear mod to the sheath.
1. Pack Knife
2. Empty Plastic Vinegar Jug
There are only a few simple household tools required for this simple sheath gear mod.
1. Kitchen Shears
Once you’ve assembled your equipment and tools, it’s time to take some measurements. For the purpose of this type of gear mod, you’ll need to measure the inside of the sheath for the plastic insert that will act as our sheath protector. On this particular sheath, the ruler itself was used to get a measurement of the width. The length was easy to figure also.
Once your measurements are done, you can then use the plastic shears to cut a strip of plastic from the vinegar jug for the protector that will be inserted. This particular sheath has a square cut design so the strip of plastic will need to be equal to twice the depth of the sheath. Once your strip is cut, just bend it over in the middle and insert into your sheath. The shape of the plastic strip you will need and how the strip needs to be cut will depend upon the shape of your sheath.
The cost of this simple gear mod involves only a small amount of your time and a few simple tools. It is recommended that you use plastic vinegar jugs when making a plastic insert for your pack knife. The plastic is a lot thicker and stronger than the plastic from a milk jug or soda bottle.
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