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Old 09-18-2001, 05:39 PM
Don Cowles
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carry system

Since even some of my customers have misunderstood the intended use of the sheaths that I make to accompany most of my knives, I thought I would offer a bit of an explanation.

I designed my pocket knives to be used and carried. To this end, sheaths include some features not often found with other knives. The sheath itself is equipped with a William Henry pocket clip, and in cases where materials (magnetic blade material; cowhide sheath) permit, a rare earth magnet to help retain the blade.

The clip can be seen at the left of the sheath. The swelling in the leather you see to the right of the clip is the rare earth magnet.

The sheath is designed to carry inside the pocket or waistband. The next pic illustrates the knife being carried in a shirt pocket.

...and the next pic shows it in a trouser pocket.

The idea is to provide a safe and secure means of carrying the knife, while still keeping it readily accessible for the task at hand.

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Old 10-14-2001, 01:19 PM
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Don Could you help with two problums, a source for a William Henery belt clip and a rear earth magnet. this little place I live in there is no hope of finding any. 120mi west of Phoenix and 85mi north of Yuma Az.
Thanks Gib
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Old 10-15-2001, 05:10 AM
Don Cowles
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I guess that's me. You can email me at
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Old 10-15-2001, 08:36 AM
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Pretty kewl system Don. Is the magnet sewn inside a layer of leather? What size magnets do you have access to, thickness and diameter?

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Old 10-15-2001, 09:35 AM
Don Cowles
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I line the sheaths (usually cowhide) with either pig skin or goat skin. The magnet and the inside of the clip are both sandwiched in between the layers of leather.
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Old 10-17-2001, 02:49 PM
Kevin Miller
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Rare Earth Magnets

Another source is Lee Valley Tools here in Canada. Here is a link to their website.

Here is a link to an interesting article as well.
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