When I first picked up my FF machete the only thing that drove me crazy was the black handle with the naturally tan sheath. So I thought to myself why not dye it black and see how it turns out. Well, I did and it came out looking great. Looking a little plain, the following steps are what I took to finish off the project. Plain Jane Sheath After dying the sheath black I sketched a design on a sheet of paper and inked it in. this was a little different for me because I was drawing the negative for the next steps in the process. Next, I placed heavy wax paper over the drawing and using an Xacto knife cut out the pattern, making a stencil. Once cut out I used a spray stencil adhesive to adhere the stencil to the sheath. If you do this, spray only a thin layer of glue and let it dry for 2-3 minutes before placing it on the sheath. Waiting will allow the glue to get more "tacky" which will allow the glue to not only stick better, but not leave residue when you pull it off. Lastly, once you have the stencil on securely and using acrylic paint, squeeze a small amount of paint onto a piece of plactic, plate, ect. and spread it out into a very thin layer. Next using a sponge, pick up some of the paint and dab it on a test surface until there is nearly no paint left. Then you are ready to dab the paint on the stencil. removing most of the paint will ensure you get a good even coating, it won't allow the paint to get under the stencil and you can create a "weathered" finish that looks great. Still a little clean up to do at this point and you can add a coating of Bag Kote to help protect the paint and keep the black dye from transferring.