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    San Antonio, Texas
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    Shooting, hunting, fencing, guns, knives, ballroom dance, leathercraft

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  • Leatherwork Specialty
    Belts and small items
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    Holsters, sheathes, and everything leather

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  1. I did a quick google search, and all I came up with were pictures of hand saws. Would you mind posting some pictures of the one you have?
  2. Unfortunately, that is a crank type splitter. I'll be in the market for one of those sometime in the future, but not right now. Thanks for the heads up though!
  3. Howdy friends, So I'm in the market for a bench type splitter to skive down my belt ends. I'd like a high quality machine, and I'm willing to pay for one. I would buy a Campbell Randall Keystone new, but they are apparently moving locations and cannot sell any splitters for a few months until they are caught up with their current backorders. So the only real requirement that I have is that the splitter has to be in good working condition which would include the ability to split right out of the box, and that the split depth can be adjusted and locking into a specific setting. Other than that, I'm open to whatever pattern splitters can help me work my strap goods. I'm most familiar with the model 84 pattern, but I hear that chase pattern splitters can also fulfill my needs. I can pay via credit/debit card or PayPal, and I'm located in San Antonio, Texas 78209. Thanks in advance!
  4. Not without a soft surface under what I'm punching
  5. I'm not disagreeing with you, but I use the stacks of leather, and occasionally a small poly board on top of my granite to punch on. The edges of the tools never touch the granite, so I'm not exactly sure why pounding on a different surface would make a difference. If you have a link to your longer explanation, I'd be interested in reading it. The belt punches look like a long round tube, while the drive punches have a sort of shelf look to them and are more square at the handle.
  6. Yeah, about those..
  7. I like making orthographic and isometric drawings!
  8. I like using pen and paper for custom orders, but when making patterns or templates for things that will be made over and over again, the precision of using a computer/machine is quite handy.
  9. Google sketchup is a great starting program, and don't forget to download some of the extra features that make it more powerful.
  10. It's not so much that the patterns are difficult to make otherwise, but it's the program I know best, and allows me the most unrestricted method of digitally making a pattern.
  11. I like to use Dassault Systems CATIA, it's complicated as hell, but the degree of freedom it gives you is incredible. If you have access to a 3D printer, yo ucan also make STL files and get them printed.
  12. I'm not sure I follow your logic. Just like how it's awesome for tooling, all the energy you use to hit the punch will go to the punch cutting through the leather, so you should need to use less force to make a clean punch. In any case, I'm just looking for some drive punch alternatives to Tandy
  13. I'm personally leaning away from a changeable head punch set, I'd rather have a separate punch for each hole size I need. I have sharpened the tandy punches in the past, but the metal is cheap and I don't think they're heat treated properly, so they go dull on me quite quickly. My punching surface is a few layers of scrap veg tan over granite, I don't think there's a surface that is more forgiving to punches than that. The jewelers files is something I'll definitely have to look into though, I currently have lots of fine grit sand papers to do my sharpening, but some tricky places on pricking irons might benefit greatly from those types of files.
  14. In the process of buying high quality punches

  15. So I'm tired of using the cheap tandy mini punch set with replaceable heads, they always split and aren't very sharp. Was looking for some replacement punches, and I saw the C.S. Osborne sells belt punches and drive punches. What's the difference between them besides price? I see them being sold on, and the belt punches are way cheaper than the drive punches. That being said, I'd rather pay more for a better punch if there's tangible difference between the two. Does anyone have any experience with them? As a side note, are there any other high quality punches I should be looking at? Thanks for the help!