What maintenance is required with RMK leather goods? - Leather goods require varying levels of leather care depending on their level of use, environment and leather type. I recommend Oakwood leather conditioner, Its made in Australia and doesn't darken your leather gear when its applied. You can purchase it here
>Small everyday carry leather goods such as the wallets and key fobs wont require any maintenance. The natural oils in your hands will be enough to keep
the leather from drying out and develop a nice patina
>Latigo pouches are heavily oiled during their tanning process so they dont require conditioning.
> Sheaths should be conditioned as required. If your sheath appears dry, condition it. its also a good idea to apply a small amount of leather conditioner before and after a trip especially if you have been around salt water
> Belts should be conditioned at least once every 6 months, more if you have been around salt water.
If you have any questions on leather care and maintenance please don't hesitate to contact me.
Do you take custom orders? - While I do enjoy custom work and hearing customer ideas, the process from concept drawings to finished products it is very time consuming. So I assess custom orders on a case by case basis. Generally knife sheath custom builds are fine, they are my speciality. Most knives will fit into my set sheath designs if I custom make the welt to suit your knife/scales. If I cant help you with your request I will point you in the direction of some one who can.
Can you burn custom images on your leather goods? - Yes, thankfully now this is an option and the possibilities are endless. If your supplying your own artwork high quality vector images (black and white) provide the best result for laser engraving leather. PLEASE NOTE If you don't have any artwork and just a request, preparing files / engraving takes time and can incur additional fees depending on complexity.
Do you make pistol holsters, cartridge belts etc? - Not yet sorry, but it is a future prospect.
Does the knife come with the sheath? - No sorry I'm not a knife dealer. My sheath designs are based around popular production blades which I purchase my self, from here. The knife connection has a great ''build your own knife'' tool where you can choose your blade type, colour, scales and even opt out and safe money on the plastic sheath to put toward some thing more classy.
Do I need to send you my fixed blade knife for a sheath? - If I don't own the knife personally, yes you do. RMK clients frequently send me their fixed blade knives and I've never had an issue with the post, expensive packages can be insured at the post office, $500 worth of cover is only around $6 if you want the peace of mind. While it would be great to own every production fixed blade out there, its just not realistic. So my current my fixed blade collection consists of the following - The Esee range - Izula 2, Esee 3, 4, 5, 6, Laser strike and the PR4
Tops Knives - Silent hero
KABAR - USMC
Pioneer Knife and Tool - M6
How long is the build time? - Lead time varies depending on the job and how busy I am, I will advise clients on the estimated wait time once I receive the order. Once I have the item in hand for a custom sheath, build time is usually 2 days.
When am I charged for my Custom order? - Once I complete the job and send you photos. I may ask for partial payment for custom jobs or full payment if you want the item personalised with names or custom stamping
What are your Domestic shipping options? - Domestic sales include free tracked registered post. Express is an extra $5
Do you ship internationally? - Yes we do RMK frequently send gear to the USA, Canada and Europe, most of the smaller items under 135 g can be posted as letters for only $3 AUD these are not tracked packages. Tracked packages are significantly more expensive at around $25 AUD
Do your products have a warranty? - If any thing goes wrong with RMK products due to flaws or craftsmanship I will repair or replace as soon as possible. I try to make my gear as robust as I can to last, but regular wear and tear on your adventures is unavoidable.
oh no! I lost a screw can I get a replacement? Yes, just let me know and Ill sort it out
What leather do you use for your products and where is it manufactured? - I have a lot of leather from all over the world. Most of leather I use is bridle, vegetable tanned and latigo made in Australia, Italy or the USA.
Why dont your sheaths have keeper straps? - RMK sheath designs don't require keeper straps unless the knife has a cross guard like a KABAR USMC. I create two stage retention via the blade and scales through tapered welts and quality hardware. This allows quick easy, yet secure access to your bush craft knife when you need it. I have videos here demonstrating how this works.
Can I fit another knife in an existing RMK sheath? - Its not recommended. I carefully select welt and sheath spacer leathers to suit the blade and scale thickness for snug and secure fit. If you try to put a different knife with a different blade profile, scale / blade thickness you could damage the sheath. This would be considered misuse
what are these scars on the leather? - Scars, bug bites and tan lines are common on leather hides. Before that cow ended up as a leather product, it had a life outside, getting bitten by insects, scratching up against fences to reach the good grass. I avoid any blemishes that weaken leather, but I think a scar here and there adds a lot of character to leather goods
Should I store my knife in the sheath when its not in use? - A leather sheath is not a long term storage solution. When the knife is not in use at home store it out of the sheath.
Do you make custom stamps for your leather goods? Custom stamps can be arranged. price depends on size, but a 35 mm to 45 mm stamp is roughly $40 AUD. Art work provided should be in a high quality vector image, once the stamp is made I can put the design on any of my leather goods.