Weapon leather

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Military leather - Leather and weapons

Leather often appears in connection with military and weapons. It was used as armour, as holsters for rifles and pistols or as a knife blade. For centuries, leather was an important material for transporting weapons and ammunition, and was part of many uniforms.


Pistol holster - Rifle Scabbard

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Pistol holsters have always been made of leather.

 

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Rifle scabbard on a Harley from 1942. - Pistol holster from Selestudio.

 

Patron belt

Like belts in general, patron belts are mostly made of leather.


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Patron belts made of leather.

 

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Leather belt pouches for ammunition etc.

 

knife sheaths - sword sheaths - saber sheaths

Blades of knives, swords, or sabers are often stored in leather for protection against injuries.


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Beautiful leatherwork - knife sheath from Selestudio.

 

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Knife and knife sheath from Africa, produced before 1950.

 

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Knife sheath for a Damascus blade (of damastmesser.com).

 

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The pantaneiros, the cowboys of the Pantanal in Brazil, wear their knives in knife sheaths made of vegetable-tanned leather pushed into the back of the trousers.

 

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Knife sheath made of leather, knife handle made of nandu claw.

 

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Knife handle made of narwhal horn and knife sheath made of stingray leather, of www.hoffnungsthaler-messerwerkstatt.de.

 

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Saber sheaths protect against injuries.

 

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Approximately 200 years old saber sheath made of pig leather for the planters of the Dutch East India Company (photo www.mw-blankwaffen.de).

 

A video about the handmade production process of a knife sheath and the tools needed for it.


Protective covers made of leather

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Axe sheath of leather (of damastmesser.com).

 

Sword handles made of leather

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Sword leather handle, right of www.ledermanufaktur.com.

 

The blade of this Japanese sword is about 450 years old. The interchangeable handle comes from the 18th or 19th century and has a rare Tensho handle winding. Below the wrapped leather strips is (stingray leather). Stingray leather stabilises the underlying wooden sub-structure. The replaceable handle is secured by a pin made of tusk.


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Incredible filigree craftsmanship from Japan.

 

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Sword handle with stingray leather from Japan.

 

Protective clothing

Protective clothing made of leather.


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Leather helmet. - Protective leather vest.

 



Bolas - Boleadoras

Bolas are weapons made of leather.


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Bolas, right seen in the DLM - German Leather Museum in Offenbach.

 

Leather shields

In times when shields were used in wars, they were often leather-covered or made of leather.


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With parchment covered shield. - Motives on carved leather shield.

 

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Production of a leather shield in the leather workshop of Selestudio.

 

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