I purchased a Cold Steel kukri machete a while ago and, while I like the performance of the machete, it's finish was just plain horrible and low budget. Given the price that is not strange, but still...
Here's a factoryshot of it;
It has a synthetic sheath, rivetted together with plastic triangles al the top. The handle is a rubbery sun=bstance with a small diamondpattern in it. Sure to ghive you sore hands or blisters when used.
First I turned my attention too was the sheath. Since everyone is doing sheaths I decided to go for an old fashioned scabbard! A sword making friend told me how that was done and I got myself a supply of poplar plywood. This wood should be less agressive on the steel than pine... and light and strong at that. Getting the curving just right was a little tricky.
I was thinking about giving the scabbard a coat of forrestgreen paint and adding a simple beltloop or go all the way, with a leather suspensionsystem of leather and add a figure by burning it into the wood. I liked the latter idea a lot, but that would mean also doing something about the handle... which I had wrapped in paracord for the timebeing.
Next I had to fashion a leather suspensionsystem. My initial idea was to make leatherstraps all along the outer edges and side, but that proved very difficult to finish in a satisfactory way. I tried all kinds of things, but it just wouldn't work.... untill it hit me! Why go all this way and twist and turn to find a solution? There was a very easy, elegant and versatile way!
But untill the idea was fully hatched I added a personal mark to the scabbard;
Than I finished the suspensionsystem; a couple of leatherstraps, some rivets with screwthreads et voilà... If something got broken it was easily replaced, simply by unscrewing the rivets and exchanging the broken strap...