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  1. I'll look around and see if I have any pics but don't believe I do. There's definitely a learning curve to it and I'm sure more than one way to achieve a nice edge. I get my best edge by continually sanding between coats with fine grit sandpaper and normally use the KS Blade applicator to apply the paint.
  2. Edge Paint Rollers

    My two favorite applicators are the mesh roller mentioned that RML carries and the KS Blade Punch applicator. The KS Blade tool is a metal rod with a narrow and broad tip.
  3. About the only thing that I can add to this is that I always thin my cement. Makes application much easier and really helps avoid adding too much cement to your pieces. Cheers.
  4. Clamping edges while gluing up?

    I like the popsicle stick idea. Cheers
  5. Vertical Bifold Wallet - First Project

    Check out MakeSupply Leather online and from their site you can purchase numerous wallet templates and they have tutorials on their site that give a pretty detailed tools/supply list. Same goes for Makers Leather Supply. They have templates on their site and have a YouTube channel with tutorials on making wallets.
  6. Cleaning dye build up off a burnisher

    The individual I bought my burnishers from suggested fine grit sandpaper to clean the burnisher.
  7. Setting snaps

    I use the Hoover Press-n-Snap and it is a pliers type setter. Not sure what your budget is but last time I checked it's around $130. You can also set grommets and eyelets with it as well. You can find a lot of reviews of this setter on this site. Cheers.
  8. Looking forward to seeing your finished belt Firewalker. Maybe use it as some inspiration to make my own belt. Cheers.
  9. JLS is pretty much correct. The purpose of a belt is to give your abdominal muscles something firm to press against to aid in building abdominal pressure and a rigid torso which is what helps to protect the back. Most flimsy belts you see in commercial gyms are useless. The two most common thickness belts are a 10mm (That's what I use) and a 13mm. It's a personal preference thing but I'd venture to say most average lifters would be fine with 10mm. My belt has the flesh side exposed on both sides although I've seen plenty of belts with the smooth side on outside of the belt and flesh on the inside. For some more reference here is a link to the belt I use:
  10. Quality question for punch tools

    Not sure what your budget is but have you looked here: (scroll down their page to find what you're looking for)
  11. I've been using the Vernis edge paint from Rocky Mountain and really like it. I don't burnish either. You want some of the paint to penetrate the leather and burnishing will prevent this. I lightly sand to shape the edge and then apply the paint. I also lightly sand between coats and usually apply between 3-4 coats. Cheers.
  12. Thank you. I like that much better than stitching around the spring clip.
  13. Out of curiosity, what type of money clip did you add to the wallet and are you happy with it? I've never made one of my front pocket wallets with a clip and have considered trying one. Cheers.
  14. What's the Best Glue in 2017?

    I have used both Masters and Weldwood with great success. With most cements it's the preparation work and setup that makes the difference. With that being said, I'm very interested in trying the Seiwa water-based glue that's available from Rocky Mountain Leather. Supposedly very strong and dries clear which is a big plus.