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  1. Imported leather edger first impression.

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  2. What are fancy bellies good for?

    The leather belly quality varies. The marks or imperfections tell a story about the animals life. Depending where they were raised indoors vs outdoors there may be marks from bug bites, animal attacks, rocks or sticks or stretch marks and scars from everyday life. The occasional 1" -2" cuts may be from careless butchering or poor attitude of its a belly sell it to the poverty pickers who cares.
  3. Affordable quality leather edger right out of the box. When placing the order I knew very little about the manufacturer or how well they would perform. These were reduced and had limited quantities under $10 each with free shipping. The listed or advertised measurements or specifications for the bevelers is accurate. I think some manufacturers have different specifications or ideas about what a defines their #1, #2 or #3 This #2 is much smaller than another #2 I purchased. Material:High carbon steel + solid wood. 135mm,(5.31") long. Manufacture process: Quenching treatment. Sharp and smooth. No.1 comes with 0.8mm wide bevel, works better for 1.0-2.0mm thick leather (thin) No.2 comes with 1.0mm wide bevel,works better for 1.75-2.65mm thick leather (medium) N0.3 comes with 1.2mm wide bevel, works better for 2.2-3.2mm thick leather (thick) The metal sounds like its tempered (just like other tools in my wood shop) when gently flicking it with a fingernail. The edge beveler does in fact cut veg tan leather right out of the box. The edge beveler arrived faster than expected. The cardboard box described was inside 2 bubble mailers. The edge beveler has a clear tubing to protect the cutting edge and was inside a mini zip lock bag, then packaged in a foam lined rectangular cardboard box with the brand name on it.
  4. Overpriced for the quality. Craftool 3009-00 I did not pay full retail I bought mine new at an auction. The one tool does all concept is nice or appealing somewhat and is probably for the casual leather crafter. Just by looking at the quality I cannot say how well the removable punch tips will hold up as I have my doubts about the design. This removable punch set should give me the same stitch spacing as the more expensive set. The punched holes were easily made (no brute force) using a light weight skinny craftsman mallet. The punched holes looked pretty good and the punches pulled free from the leather easily. I cannot comment on any final hand sewn results yet. I'm still waiting for some inexpensive 1mm and 1.2mm waxed thread to arrive from another country. When I find the stitch spacing, appearance, number to teeth I like or use most using the screw in punches I will later on purchase the more durable individual diamond chisels. The more durable black coated solid single stitching chisels listed appear to be described as having the same tooth / prong specifications and spacing. It should be an easy upgrade if I like the end results. NOW FOR THE BAD The handle and punch tips both have threads. The handle and punch tips both have machined flat areas or shoulders that should be in contact with one another when fully tightened. If they don't make full contact vibration from use may cause damage to the male and female threads over time. Several of my punch tips did not fully tighten and make full contact and had a 1/16" gap. I had to use a rotary tool to remove excessive coating from the threads of a few punch tips. Oiling the threads in my opinion was not even an option as it would get onto the leather and ruin it. After gently securing the punch tips in a wooden clamp, I screwed and unscrewed the punch tips 7 - 8 times each until all of the punch tips eventually made full contact. I will buy solid punches from now on when I find my favorite stitches per inch needed for projects.
  5. I recently purchased some craft tool diamond chisels. 88046 - 1,2,4,6 prong diamond chisels. I used a metal ruler to measure nothing fancy. The teeth / prong approx. 2mm width & maybe 1.5 mm thick. Space between prongs is 4mm as described. Using a steel rule SAE these are approximately 4 stitches per inch. I noticed the metal handle diameter increases with the number of prongs / teeth. The tools teeth / prongs are reasonably sharp, smooth and went through the leather easily with very little effort.
  6. It depends on the manufacturer. A lot of stitching chisels appear to use the same tooth or prong dimensions and just vary the spacing. I recently bought a single tooth pricking iron and just use a stitching wheel to get the spacing I want. My little experience tells me this... More teeth or prongs = more friction when removing a stitching chisel. It was simply faster to pull fewer prongs out of the leather. If I buy more high quality stitching chisels in the future they will be a 1 & 2 prongs.
  7. Pricking iron vs stitching chisel vs lacing chisel

    Yes a simple refresher of what I researched online. Yet I have other questions to address regarding various brands and dimensions before blindly experimenting dumping money on pricking or stitching chisels. My biggest complaint is how sellers attempt measure and describe stitching chisels. They demand top dollar for an often times poor description of their products. Most don't even attempt to make their product work and measure the actual stitch length and put that very simple yet necessary information on their advertisement. I read that some measure from the inside flat edges of prongs yet fail to give the tooth width or thickness. Again other sellers measure from the tip of the tooth to tip of tooth and often fail to give measurement for the tooth width or thickness. If I was manufacturing this stuff, the tool length, metal type, tooth width and thickness, stitches per inch and stitch length and even suggested thread size would be in the advertisement.
  8. The local Tandy store is 60-120 miles away and the local hobby stores don't much thread for sewing leather. Its either sinew or leather lace. I would really like information for stitches per inch required for various leather thickness. I will be hand stitching and have learned the 2 needle method quickly. I do have a roller spacing wheel set. I'm still not any good with a diamond awl haft. So to avoid an ugly project (hopefully a messenger bag) I just chose the more expensive modern approach or shortcut to get me started a little quicker. I purchased a Craftool Pro 3.5 mm Fine Diamond Punch which works great. I however have purchased various thicknesses of bagged scrap leather to perfect my hand stitching using 40%- 60%coupons and will someday need another stitching punch to get the spacing / stitches per inch correct for each type of leather and thickness encountered in this journey. My very first attempt at hand stitching went well and I hand sewed a replacement purse strap for my wife. Friends say it looks a lot like a machine did it. It was enjoyable and very relaxing, even very satisfying. I just need a little thicker thread to properly fill the punched diamond holes for a better appearance. I'm experiencing the slight frustration of scattered and incomplete information which basically slows down my attempts to eventually master this hobby. There are so many types of thread sizes and what they are made of and then combining that with correct needle. Leather crafters really need a needle size, thread weight, and stitches per inch chart for various thicknesses of leather in pdf. If any chart exists lets put it somewhere that is easy to access if not maybe someone will someday make one. Thanks for your time.
  9. New swivel knife

    I'm just sick of paying mechanics tool prices (and most mechanics tools are lifetime guaranteed) for non warranted garbage or tool shaped "specialty" objects imported and sold to leather crafters at the customers expense to make a quick profit.
  10. I may have gotten a recently manufactured Craftool Pro Fine Diamond Chisel 88057-08 3.5 mm or just very, very lucky as the handle and prong surface my 6" ruler is resting on in the photos was that way when it came in the mail. The angled surfaces between the teeth did have a few light horizontal machining lines as shown in your photo. But they weren't as deep as the photo of your teeth / prongs. I sure hope its not a gamble every time a order a stitching punch from them.
  11. New Home Made Tool

    I'm an advanced woodworker that's a plane iron. Yes I can read newspaper print through my thin wood shavings. Under high magnification the machining marks on a blade look like tiny hack saw teeth at the cutting edge. When this catches the grain and fibers in wood it is like slamming on the brakes of a car. Lay the blade / plane iron flat bevel side up on some wet dry sandpaper approximately 1/2" from the edge work it until its flat and shiny like a mirror. Next hone the bevel until its shines. When its razor sharp no light will be reflected from the sharpened edge. If the sharpened edge looks like a tiny shiny, wire it is still dull.
  12. Barry King Swivel Knife Blade

    Brand names or popularity contests for tools mean nothing to me. Quality does. The bevels when properly made should be flat not round. The consumer in an ideal world should never feel the need to flatten and hone a brand new product fresh out of the box. When an edge is razor sharp you will not see any light reflected from the sharpened edge. If the sharpened edge looks like a teeny, tiny, shiny metal wire it is still dull and pretty much useless until it is sharpened properly.
  13. Harbor freight workbench or alternative

    My 2016 very simple yet very tough 2x4 workbench with a 3/4" plywood top was be made for $35- 40 add $12 more for another plywood project panel if you want to double the thickness of the plywood bench top. Screw the 2x4's for the top together first squaring it up. Next screw on the plywood top and flip it over. Next clamp the legs in place checking they are vertical and secure the legs. With it upside down use 3/4" thick smaller plywood panels screwed to the legs on the ends of the bench this remove most if not all wiggle. Next flip it the entire bench right side up and add long horizontal 2x4 stretchers or 3/4" plywood lengthwise to join the leg for a very tough cheap workbench.
  14. New swivel knife

    I prefer a longer fixed handle like longer handle like a craft knife when compared to a wiggly jiggly hand cramping swivel knife. Get a cheap bag of scraps with a coupon and practice with either tool. The swivel knife bevels are supposed to limit the depth of cut. Other than that they both cut.