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  1. I heard from a guy with quite a few old Tandy catalogs. He found it in his 1962 catalog. Also on that page was a stamping table as well.
  2. I've got one here I am sending to an old friend. His wife had bought him one as a gift and he is thinking early to mid 1960s. He lost it in a shop fire.
  3. If you shave the wool you still have to remove the leather. An old guy taught me to use either an old style loop blade compass groover or even better - an old free hand stitch groover/patent leather tool/gum tool. Run it over the top stitches to cut them off or severely weaken them. It won't work with a hole int eh bar type groover, the hole will pack up. pull on the woolskin underneath and almost all of the tags will pull through. Clean fast job with little or no individual stitch picking. Rubber cemented skirts should peel right off. If they are contact cemented, sometimes a little heat from a hair dryer or fast fanning with a low setting on a heat gun will warm and soften the bond and the woolskin will pull free.
  4. Mark, Thank you for posting this! Billy, I have seen where a guy rounded off the tip of the blade sticking up there. I do the same thing with new draw gauge blades, not many people need that tip to cut anything with, but that is what at least 80% of the accidental cuts are done on. I haven't had one of these for a while but can't remember if there is enough "meat" to drill and tap a hole or two and insert set screws to hold the blade in the slot. If so, that could make these a lot handier looks like from here.
  5. I'd contact the seller you bought it from and let them swap it out with you and they can deal with Osborne.
  6. I've had a few old belts from my great grandad and grandad with no though and through pin in the tip. They had a single punch done on the bottom side with a center point punch. It was struck near the back edge of the tip. The divot bites into the bottom side of the leather and holds well. When I made a belt for my uncle several years ago I reused one of those Ranger sets. Basically pulled the tip off the old belt, flattened the flare with a pliers, Put it on the new belt and repunched the divot again. Still there. On this one with the turquoise chips I would set it so the turquoise is over the edge of the anvil before I struck it,
  7. Same company, they just used different marks at different times. Which maker is best is like asking which car maker is best. There is a lot of personal preference for sure. The Gomphs have more distinct points because they "round up" deeper between the points than CS Osborne and many HF Osbornes. Some of the HF Osborne wheels approach the same geometry of Gomph and some are more like the CS Osbornes.
  8. WmLeeb, Your pictures did not show. They also sold a metal jaw version originally patented by Doering.
  9. Call me or email on Monday. I'm tied up this weekend but have at least one.
  10. I've used both and they each have their place. A really nice set of kangaroo reins can have a ton of feel. Rawhide is pretty durable and forgiving.
  11. If you cut your strings from the flesh side with a string bleeder, I think I get them tighter with the "up" version
  12. Nope, the real thing. It is just a version of the various marks they used. The round handle was a lower priced version knife than the oval rosewood handle knives they made. Not sure when they switched from the rosewood round handles to the painted handles.
  13. OK, Old news but at this point still somewhat pertinent. What I found out from them before the Dixon meltdown was that the different maker stamps may not mean much. There was a lineage of continual family ownership until the end, but the maker stamps sometimes got recycled. They would use one, dig out another one and use that for a while, then another, and go back to an earlier version and bring that one back for a while. Regarding the closure, It was a family business and things within the recent family fell apart and so went the business. Sad when one of the longest family run businesses in England and at one time best regarded leather tool makers in the world closed shop. The later tools were not the standards or patterns of the earlier ones, but they are sure not the only maker that went that way in this business.
  14. From the picture and what I can see, it looks to be a band knife splitter. If you want some sticker shock just price one. They can be really handy for splitting softer leather, wider leather, etc but they aren't on every street corner. If they run and are priced right usually somebody has already picked them up. Once in a while they do show up though.
  15. Wayne Christensen at Standing Bears in Reseda. He has a leather supply shop, gives classes on several levels, and great guy