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From Bro. Randy - PVC Sheaths

Brother Randy Church sent on over this picture of a DIY machete sheath made from heat formed PVC pipe. Yes, I know it's hard to look at the sheath with that socket handled machete next to it, but pry your eyes away from that for a moment.

PVC is common stuff--it's in your walls and can be found dirt cheap at any hardware store. Would be very easy to scavenge up post-collapse. Durable, too.

With some gentle heating - in an oven, indirect heat over a campfire or BBQ, using a heat gun, whatever - you can get it nice and bendy. Insert knife for be sheathed and flatten the PVC pipe between boards. You can form a belt loop out of the PVC or use some cordage. Pretty simple, quick n' dirty. Paint if desired.

From Randy -

Natives by mid 1800 were using what the White men were throwing away. We are the Natives of today. There is a ton of this stuff laying around. Kydex material is expensive so if ya'll are going to use this crap I have to find an alternative re-use material for my End of the World Brothers. You could also texture it while it is still warm with leather stamps ..etc..

Not fancy, but functional and inexpensive. Common man, TEOTWAWKI recycling stuff. And of course, there's all kinds of other stuff you can do with PVC pipe - caches, blow guns, quivers and on and on. Good stuff to have.

A PVC sheath like this is especially good for inexpensive machetes that come without anything. It doesn't make a lot of sense to drop $50 on a good sheath for a $5 to $15 machete. Some PVC, heat and a bit o' work would do the job.

I have a beater Cold Steel panga machete that currently rides in a rigged cardboard/duct tape sleeve, and I'm going to have to give this a try. Was planning on doing it today, but real life and work threw a monkey wrench in that plan. I will post a step-by-step when I get it done.

Big thanks to Randy for passing this along! Check out Church & Son's to peruse more of his knives.


  1. Once again you amaze us with your ingenuity, using whatever you can find or scavenge, wouldnt mind have'n you in the group when the time comes! Very nice, keep up the good work and thanks for the great ideas!

  2. Very cool - thanks for posting this. I've made two of these inexpensive PVC sheaths, one for a Condor Golok (factory sheath was too much $$$!), the other for a short Tramantina machete. I cut a 7" slit on one end of the tube, then cut perpendicular to outside of tube, leaving a 7" long x 2" wide tab. Heated the tab up in the middle, then folded it over in the middle to create a 'belt loop' that slips over belt or top of pants.

    The rest of tube was flattened and I left the end open as pictured above. I then spray painted the Golok sheath - done. I can send a picture of it if you like.

    The only bad thing about them is that they are a bit noisy. If you let the blade fall into sheath, it makes a 'thonk' noise.

    1. "If you let the blade fall into sheath, it makes a 'thonk' noise."

      Any kind of heavy fabric or thin leather glued in and over the throat should cut down on the noise.
      Alex the Wolf, looking forward to that WIP..
      I'm going to do one of these with the PVC as a foundation and build around it,a machete with a smaller blade and firestarter to hang on the back of my pickemup seat. There are things living back there that eat leather....

    2. Thank you for that liner idea - will try and incorporate into my sheath(s). And that 'leather eating' stuff is why I'm trying this, plain ol' canvas will quickly mildew and in our south Texas extreme humidity.

  3. Let us know how it goes! I just got a giant cold steel sword/machete that needs a cheap sheath.

  4. Never thought of that. Thanks for the idea.


    Great thing about this stuff is that PVC comes in many diameters from 1/2 and up. So no matter the size needed ire its available. I made four of these after reading Randy's post. Here is some helpful intel...

    Baked them in a toaster oven at 400°-
    They are pliable and will retain their basic color and texture.
    Baked them at 450°-
    They change colors and begin to bubble. If you time it right, they will take on their own skin like texture AND turn brown and green. Camo baby!
    If they don't fit right, you can their them back in the heat and they return to their round shape. Over and over.
    I have worked a lot with kydex. After doing pvc, I will never buy kydex again.
    Be careful about getting it too hot, it will degrade to uselessness at some point.