I am jumping right to the results
the wet formed leather around the tool vs wet formed around a wood tool blank.
the winner by far was around the tool itself.
|wet formed leather pliers holder|
the left cee tee is the one i used to do the forming.
i did dye the leather and riveted with the copper roofing nails.
beween rivets, stitching and cementing, i am confident that this full grain leather sheath will hold up very well.
after this post i will be attaching to a belt and start testing the wear factor.