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    Central Florida
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    We specialize in holsters and accessories for civilians who carry concealed.

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  • Leatherwork Specialty
    Holsters for civilian CCW
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  1. Wholesale source for high-quality buckles

    Thanks for the tip. I'll check them out.
  2. Wholesale source for high-quality buckles

    We're paying $4 a pop from buckleguy, so Weaver's price doesn't bother me. But the ones I've seen from weaver don't look as good as the ones I'm getting now.
  3. Wholesale source for high-quality buckles

    When I posted it gave me an error and told me the post had not gone through. So I reposted. I've hidden the duplicates.
  4. We make a couple of hundred gunbelts a year. They're extremely heavy duty and made of top-quality bridle leather, veg-tan and kydex. We've been buying our buckles from Buckleguy, which has very high-quality, handcast buckles of solid brass. The problem is they don't have a very wide selection. I'd love to get some buckles that are a little more elegant, or even some that are forged steel or graphite. But I cannot find other wholesale sources that are of similar quality. I've looked at Ohio Travel Bag, but their quality is all over the place. Where can I find some really cool, high-quality buckles?
  5. Hand Forged Buckles

    Very nice. Who makes these?
  6. Nice work. How difficult is it to actually draw and resheath over your shoulder?
  7. We make heavy-duty gunbelts that are way over 1/4" thick and put 'em together almost exactly the same way. Only differences: I never thought about putting the strip underneath to get a better grip -- I'll have to try that; you have a fancier technique for making the knuckle; we use a heavy-duty lineoleum roller instead of thw wall-paper roller. Thanks for sharing.
  8. That's a great technique for flattening worn stones, as well.
  9. Great Service

    Buying a machine that will stitch saddles and holsters is a significant investment, and folks often question the kind of customer service they can expect for spending $3,000 and up for a machine. About five years ago, I bought a Cobra Class IV , mostly based on comments I read on this forum. It gets a couple of hours of use every day in my Florida workshop. Unfortunately, one of the drawbacks of living in Florida is that the power grid is kinda flaky. In the last couple of months, we've had a momentary power outage almost every day. About six weeks ago, we had one that was more than momentary. And when the power came back on, there was a real surge -- and the servo motor on my Cobra blew out (probably the little controller board). It's my only machine, and I had customers waiting. So I called up Leather Machine Co. and they connected me to their service department. That day they sent me out a new motor -- free of charge! Frankly, I was stunned. What great customer service! thank you Steve and co. tk
  10. Willie, Very nice design, lovely workmanship. A+ in my book. Minor criticism: The retention strap is in the wrong spot. It needs to be down at the base of the hilt. The bowie sheath is perfect. When they are up high, the knife can ride up and expose the blade. Ideally, you want to be able to grasp the hilt of the knife, and pop the strap loose without changing your grip. Again, lovely work.
  11. That is a VERY nice piece of work. Two thoughts: The rivets are unnecessary, and might even shorten the life of the sheath. Also, if you reverse the side that the safety strap sits on, it can be popped off with your thumb without having to shift your grip on the handle.
  12. Josh, as others have said, your work is always first rate. But do you really need tension screws for an IWB?
  13. You've done some really innovative things here, especially the magnets. But is gator really a good choice for a handle? I would think it would get slippery when wet, and that the acids from your hand would chew up the finish on the leather. Stingray might work better
  14. Unfortunately, this is true. I find myself using this method more and more. Instead of the knife, I use a Japanese chisel, which literally takes a shaving-sharp edge. It makes it very quick.
  15. SC, When I started doing leatherwork, I was buying all of my equipment from Tandy. One day I got to talking to the manager of the store, and I mentioned that the edge of one of my Tandy punches had crumbled. He told me in no uncertain terms that I needed to buy my tools from Osborne, which Tandy does not sell. I took his advice and haven't look back. The quality is much higher and the price is not that different. I've got a couple of dozen tools from Osborne. I use them on a daily basis and have no gripes with them.