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How to Make a Quick, Safe Knife Sheath Out of Cardboard and Duct Tape

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Every one-piece knife needs an edge guard or sheath for safety if it is going to be used outdoors. Here’s how to make a quick sheath out of a paper towel roll and duct tape.


A prepper and/or survivalist can see the advantage of a knife that is usable for a variety of outdoor tasks. So suppose you get a good deal on a one-piece  knife and want to take it to hunting camp. For safety sake, that blade needs to be securely covered.

Here’s how to make a quick, safe sheath that will last until you come up with a permanent replacement.

Materials needed are the cardboard tube from inside a roll of paper towels; duct tape, a six-to-eight-inch piece of paracord and a piece of leather or webbing for a belt loop.

Here’s what you do:

  • Measure the blade length against the tube, and make sure that every part of the sharp edge will be covered.
  • Flatten the tube under a pile of books or something heavy, until the cardboard remains semi-flat. Then, take a piece of duct tape and tape across one end, to help hold the shape.
  • Wrap the length of the tube once with duct tape.
  • Double over the webbing or leather to form a belt loop, then tape it securely to the back of the tube.
  • Wrap the sheath with duct tape again to secure the belt loop. (I carry duct tape on my knife sheaths anyway, so put on a few extra feet!)
  • Take the paracord, run it through the belt loop and use it as a safety tie for the handle.

Of course, you could always buy a knife blade protector, but preppers and survivalist-types tend to be  hardcore recyclers and do-it-yourselfers. Besides, the cardboard tube project takes so little time and is so cheap , you can soon make a sheath for all your knives!


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