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  1. My recommendation is to stop using tracing paper. We have copy machines now. I truly believe that the only reason Al Stohlman didn't use one is because they had not invented it yet. Photocopy the picture onto regular paper. Wet your leather, lay a piece of saran wrap over your leather. Lay the photocopy over the leather/saran wrap. Trace with a red pen (so you know if you have missed a line). Every time you trace a picture you add more errors.
  2. My main reference was to the steel used and the ability for it to hold an edge. The discussion started about the tools going dull and not cutting well. Quality steel, properly sharpened will cut well and hold an edge for a long time. The pro line tools do look a lot nicer, they are more comfortable in most peoples hands. The actual cutting edge is the issue with the complaints of poor performance. I can sharpen a piece of fairly soft metal and it will cut, for a short time. Sharpen a cutting edge on quality steel, properly tempered and it will preform for a long time. One big difference is you can buy a handful of Tandy tools for the price of one high end tool. This issue is what weighs heavy in the Tandy side. Many are not that worried about the little quality details and that is OK. It creates a market for the low end tools. They are also a great way to get into the leather world. Few people start playing music with a $10,000 guitar, they start at the music store with a beginners model. When they get better and start noticing the difference in sound, they move up. Just like this discussion. People are noticing the quality differences and asking questions about it.
  3. Rons Tools are the best. There are other good ones out there too. I think the main difference in the Pro Line tools are the handles, not the steel or the temper.
  4. The correct tool is sandpaper glued to a stick.
  5. Larger awl blade (I used to do the same thing as you with the small blade). Also, toss the big eye needles and use harness needles I am assuming you are using big eye needles because they are what break all the time.
  6. Any metal that you would consider wedding ring metal will not discolor leather. Iron is what will be trouble.
  7. good
  8. What he said. This is nothing more than a stick with a piece of sandpaper glued to it. For $10 you can make a lifetime supply.
  9. To the best of my knowledge pretty much no one uses the original waxer any more. Thread has came a long way since that machine was built.
  10. Nothing but good to say about Renia. I used to use Barge, till I used Renia. Get the Cologne de something kind. Awesome glue. Masters used to be repackaged Renia, but not for a few years now.
  11. Quality of sewing. If you just want your pieces to stay together they are great. If you want precisely placed stitches an iron will do that. The length of the iron makes sure all of the stitches are exactly in line with the others. Very straight, concise, quality.
  12. It is all semantics. Dye is a synonym for stain and vice versa. The difference in the name is totally up to the manufacture. Example: Water Stain is sold as a stain, but the product is called dye by the manufacture (Finiche, not sure about the spelling).
  13. What an absolute overbuild on such a simple project. Good job, looks very nice. Pushing things beyond is how we get better at doing exceptional work.
  14. Often times it is from glue overzealously applied along the stitch lines. Butt heat re-softens the glue, it sticks to your cards
  15. Looks nice, I like goat for wallets.