My first PMC job was in Central America in the late 80s and I used to see a lot of machetes made out of old leaf springs. Wish I had one of those things today.That looks pretty sweet! Nice job! I used to make knives all the time out of power hacksaw blades that were past their point of productivity and they made great boning, paring and Fillet Knives that held their edges exceptionally well. Of course I have seen Filipino's make machetes from Jeep Leaf Springs too.
That's where the real money is because you make them on order, don't have to accumulate a lot of inventory to get started and you can even ask for the knife to be sent to you to custom form it for the customer.I've always wanted to. Just can't yet. Soon I hope and at the same time I'll give a shot at making kydex sheaths for them.
I think it would be more work and far less fun to make them without knives I made. I bet you're right though, as there are lots of knives that are great knives, but come with leather or substandard sheaths. Not that leather isn't nice, but lots of people want a sheath that doesn't rot or dry and crack like leather does from constant outdoor use. I know I particularly need new sheaths on certain knives that come only with a righthand setup, being a lefty.That's where the real money is because you make them on order, don't have to accumulate a lot of inventory to get started and you can even ask for the knife to be sent to you to custom form it for the customer.
A good kydex shaper can make money if you can turn them out in a hurry and offer up a good design, well made product, at a fair price.