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Firefly Mal Holster Artisan Replica
Firefly Mal Holster Artisan Replica

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The holster of the New Frontier has to perform several duties: It must protect the weapon, yet afford unhindered access. It must be strong and secure, yet be ready to release deadly firepower at a moment’s notice.
– Barlow's Guide to Small Arms, 2462 Edition

QMx is proud to present this limited-edition fine leather replica of unparalleled quality, accuracy and beauty: the Malcolm Reynolds Holster Artisan Replica. This Firefly-vintage Mal holster has been painstakingly researched and re-created by Karl Derrick, the leading
Firefly props expert working in the industry today.

Karl Derrick Signature Edition
Props & Leathercraft

Karl Derrick is a man with great respect for traditional craftsmanship. While he leverages the modern tools of the 21st century trade, his materials and technique harken back to a time when leatherwork was done by hand and leathercrafters took the time to do things right.

A leading film industry prop maker, Karl has a shop on the outskirts of London, where he creates painstakingly researched, highly accurate prop replicas.

Karl also boasts the largest collection of original screen-used props from Firefly in existence.

Karl's film credits include The Mummy Returns, Doom, Gladiator, Reign of Fire, The Brothers Grimm and a couple of Harry Potter flicks. He is also a published author and screenwriter and has been a major contributor to all three Firefly Companion books. 

Karl has personally verified every aspect of the holster – from the dye color to the brass buckles – ensuring a perfect match with the original screen-used holster rig. Each replica holster is meticulously crafted by Karl himself in his United Kingdom leathersmithing shop.

The QMx Mal holster body and belt are constructed entirely from 3.5 mm heavyweight oak-tanned steer leather. The traditionally slow-tanned, full-grain leather comes from a small family tannery and is custom dyed to our specifications. The two custom colors for the rig are recorded in the tannery’s dye formula book as “Malhogany” for the holster and ”Kind of Brown” for the belt.

The holster’s graceful vintage lines draw the eye from the triple-thickness, business-like reverse shank, past the rugged girth strap, following the heavy-duty but elegantly stitched main seam, to the traditional open muzzle. The QMx Mal holster is entirely hand stitched with traditional waxed linen thread.

The small brass buckle on the girth strap used on the original rig has only recently been identified. The QMx replica uses the exact make, model and color as was used on the screen-used prop.

The edges of the leather have been finished in the traditional manner, handed down from saddlers of the Old West. Each cut leather edge is hand burnished smooth, then sealed with gum tragacanth and a specially formulated edge coat. 

What Makes the QMx Mal Holster So Accurate?
  • Patterns verified by side-by-side comparison with a holster made by the original maker.
  • Holster dye color meticulously researched, tested and matched.
  • Belt buckle cast directly from a screen used original in solid brass.
  • Same make, model and color of holster strap buckle as used on the original rig.
  • Identical thickness and quality of oak-tanned, full-grain leather used.
  • Completely stitched with waxed linen thread, by hand, by Karl himself.
  • Correct make, model and color Chicago screws.
  • Correct make, model and color Line 24  brass thumbsnap as used on the original.
  • Correct brand of edge dyeing/finishing compound used.
  • Correct 5-per-inch stitch pattern.
  • Correct spacing, pattern and shape of belt prong holes.

Like the original, the belt gives only a single nod to decorative adornment: a simple line, incised into the leather, circumnavigates the belt’s hand-burnished outer edge. Twelve pairs of oval-punched holes march with orderly precision toward
the rounded English strap point. More than 50 inches away, the garrison-style military buckle glints with the warmth of solid brass. This unassuming piece of foundry brass is actually a first-generation casting of the original Mal Firefly belt buckle. The original was cast and then filled foundry wax copies were made from the mold. The resulting waxes were then processed into brass using the traditional lost wax technique. The wax model is coated in a ceramic slurry. When set, the wax is melted out and the resulting hollow ceramic shell filled with molten brass.

The attention to detail pays off handsomely in this finely finished celebration of the leatherworker's art.

The Firefly Malcolm Reynolds' Holster Artisan Replica is the last word in accuracy and fidelity. It is available in an edition of just 500. Each holster comes with a unique serial number permanently embossed into the leather to ensure authenticity.

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