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Wednesday, 4 May 2011

e-mail trouble again

Just a short message to let everybody know what is going on.

My finger has healed well, thanks for all the support. It ate away a lot of time though, and I'm still not taking new orders as my backlog still excists and progress is slow. My guess is that I'll be taking new orders again around July, untill then I'll be working through my backlog.

My e-mail trouble seemed solved in januari, but continued untill late april, where the server released over 1200 e-mails that were kept for months. I can't answer all of them, so please don't be offended if your e-mail, send between mid januari- late april, was left unanswered. But even then the pile is huge, as the numbers of requests are increasing up to 30 e-mails a day for the last 6 weeks. Please be patient if your message isn't replied to soon. All orders on my list will be filled or receive a refund if the wait has been too long.
I'm not sure how to cope with this increasing demand in the future, but I'm sure time will tell.

Fellow knifenut and graphic designer Wouter de Jong ( has designed a logo for Martinsheaths. I incorporated it in my new bussiness card and I'm quite happy with it. In the future my leatherwork will have this logo.

I hope you like it.

a few weeks ago the Dutch Knife Exhibition was held ( If you are ever around, please pay a visit, as it is worth it very much. a very good atmosphere, and a wealth of custom and production knives and materials.
One of the knifemakers present is Erik Markman (get a website Erik!) and one of his knive's I had the honour of making sheaths for is the Taurus:

Kydex setup. a modular sheath with a removable dropplate. teklok compatible. can be carried in a wide variety of ways.

Halftanned leather with a removable kydex liner.

For more pics, check my photobucket album. click on the slideshow top left on the page..

Monday, 7 February 2011

short update and sitrep

Some of you already know, but last week I had a small accident, resulting in a severely cut indexfinger. This needs a couple of weeks to heal which means I can't do leatherwork during that time. I can't apply enough force, and working with water is not a good idea yet. Yesterday I started doing kydex again, and though progres is slow, I finished a sheath. So this week I'll be concentrating on kydex only.

To make up for lost time I'll stop taking new orders for the next 6 weeks or so.

I also still have problems with my provider, and not all e-mails reach me like they should. Sometimes only a few for days, and then the rest all at once. I try to answer them all, but I'm sure I missed some, so if I missed you, please send them again.

Shipping notice:
Since januari 1 all packages over 500 grams shipped to the USA will undergo extra security checks which mean delays in delivery up to 4 weeks.
I understood this is a temporary measure.
Most sheaths are under 500 grams, but with a knife included most are over.
Also shipping rates and rules have changed. The rates for "Signed for" shipping have doubled, but insurance up to € 500,- is included standard now.

Sheath Review:
another nice review appeared, this time from Down Under. Check it out here:

Keep an eye on this blog for updates.


Saturday, 1 January 2011

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H A P P Y     N E W       Y E A R   !!!

I hope this will be a healthy and prosperous year for everyone!!

Most people who have sheaths on order have contacted me after "the crash" and I'm pretty much lined up again. I want to thank you guys so much for your patience, which is really incredible in some cases.

One problem that is occuring is that all the e-mails that come from I reply to, bounce back to me. This is occuring since december and I don't know what to do. If this is you, please try another adress to contact me from.

Here's some recent sheaths I did.

The BullShark knife from Toni Oostendorp

Leatherlined Kydex for the Swamprat Ratmandu

Fällkniven A-1, halftanned leather with removable kydex

Scrapyard Regulator

Busse Bushwhacker Mistress

Bark River Bravo-1


Some Falkies

Busse Hell Razor