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Old April 14, 2010, 08:18 PM   #1
nikdfish
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kydex belt case for leatherman blast

The belt loop on the nylon belt case for my leatherman blast bit the dust a while back & it ended up stashed in a drawer. I got tired of missing it at my side so I thought I'd take a stab at some freehand kydex bending. I don't have the shop set up here at the new house, so I tried to simplify the design as much as possible & do a complete job just cutting and bending - no rivets or glue.

I started with a paper template



which got transferred to some .060 kydex and cut out. All the bends (except one) are just straight lines. I ended up using a butane soldering iron with the tip removed. It has a catalytic combuster, so there is no flame coming from the end - just hot air.



I just played the hot spot back & forth over the line of the bend I wanted to make until it was soft enough to shape. Rolling the tube shape for the flashlight would have been easier with a real heat gun ... but I managed OK.

Here is the result. So far it's been working fine - good retension, but easy removal & replacement.







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Old April 15, 2010, 08:32 AM   #2
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Looks great, Nick! I wouldn't mind having one of those myself, but I rarely find myself carrying my leaterman these days.
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