Carry it Your Way With The 710 Custom Sheaths

Julio Diez, founder of The 710 Custom Sheaths, says that his business is booming because many knife companies focus on the quality of the blade and sometimes neglect the sheath it comes in. Diez also notes that most stock sheaths are designed for righties only. The limitations don’t end there. Some sheaths offer belt-carry only, or can’t attach to MOLLE gear. “For some people, the sheath that the knife comes with is good enough,” says Diez. “Others will want something that will accommodate their needs.”

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When Diez began to make his own sheaths in 2010, offering his customers options was a top priority. A removable belt loop makes scout carry or attachment to a MOLLE system easy. Components can be added for carry over the shoulder, on the back, or dangling loose at the thigh. The company will even let you personalize the color of the leather or Kydex. Diez, who is left-handed, couldn’t forget to configure the sheaths for both right or left handed use either.

A Few of The 710 Custom Sheaths

Since the 710 began as a flea market stall and an eBay storefront, the business has really taken off. Three years ago Diez also started making knives. Though it would seem to be a different discipline, Diez says his sheath making skills translated to custom knife making surprisingly smoothly.

A particularly unusual offering is his kukri-style neck knife. Normally a kukri is a large, heavy fixed blade used for chopping. Diez’s diminutive Kukri Necker was initially designed for kicks: “At first I only considered it because I thought it would be interesting,” Diez says. But as it turns out the Kukri Necker had a very comfortable handle and is great for slicing and working with wood.

Julio Diez Kukri Necker

Diez has also been working on a small-run production knife called the Topper. Imacasa, a company located in El Salvador, will be making the blades. Imacasa is probably best known in the US for their Condor Tool and Knife brand. Like most of their knives, the Topper will be made from 1075 carbon steel. Diez wanted to work with an El Salvadoran company as a nod to his own heritage: “I thought it would be really cool to have a knife made where my family is from.”

Knife featured in image: The Topper