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Old 11-12-2012, 10:00 PM
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Just picked up a nice German made Boker folding knife. It came with a very tight, stiff sheath. It needs to be softened to stretch a bit, any suggestions?
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Old 11-12-2012, 10:06 PM
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Sir, try mink oil or neetsfoot oil.

Hope this helps, and Semper Fi.

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Old 11-12-2012, 10:11 PM
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I would not use oil on it, but I would wrap the knife in a plastic bag and shove it in the sheath for a few days. That is what they recommend to ease up tight fitting holsters so I would think it would also work on sheaths.

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I understand that in North America's higher latitudes, it is accepted practice to soften mukluks (a sort of hide footwear) by chewing on them, a task usually assigned to wives. I for one, and others, perhaps, will be curious to know how this may have worked out for you ...
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I prefer wrapping it with wax paper, wax side out. The wax rubs off and makes pulling it out smoother.
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My other suggestion would be show it Jane Fonda workout videos, that witch will make anything go soft.
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Be careful, old leather can be destroyed rather easily, believe me I know.
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I always break in a new leather holster by soaking it in spray silicone.

Soak it well, put the knife in the sheath and leave it a day or two. I have yet to have anything "mush" up or deform.
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I prefer wrapping it with wax paper, wax side out. The wax rubs off and makes pulling it out smoother.
I, too, once favored this technique, until modern advances in latex technology made it obsolete. " In days of old, when knights were bold..."
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Just picked up a nice German made Boker folding knife. It came with a very tight, stiff sheath. It needs to be softened to stretch a bit, any suggestions?
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Personally, I'd cut a hunk of wood slightly larger than the sheath, wet the sheath, shove the wood in and leave it sit until dry. The sheath should end up just as stiff but with a little more room.
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Personally, I'd cut a hunk of wood slightly larger than the sheath, wet the sheath, shove the wood in and leave it sit until dry. The sheath should end up just as stiff but with a little more room.
I'm not even getting close to touching this...
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Show it a pic of Rosie O'Donnell in a bikini.
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lots of hand work and body heat... can't be beat
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Show it a pic of Rosie O'Donnell in a bikini.
Who in the world would take such a picture?
Besides:
Aren't there laws that prohibit Indecent Exposure???
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