Custom fitted wood sheath (saya) offerS the best protection for a kitchen knife. Wooden sayas don't leave marks on a contact with the metal as the plastic edge guards do, they are durable and when made from highly figured woods, they greatly compliment a knife aesthetically. Even as the knife's profile changes from years of sharpening and thinning, the knife will continue be secure in a sheath with a pin.
The steps in making a saya are the following:
- Splitting wood in two halves and flattening them
- Carving the cavity for an exact fit (no movement of the knife inside a saya)
- Shaping and sanding
- Finishing with oils and varnishes
- Making a pin