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  1. First ever bag!

    Nice work. I did one very similar to this almost a year ago. I used a Horween double horse front.
  2. Draw gauge

    Good idea and nice touch with the deer antler.
  3. My guess as to the glue is some type of water-based Renia, perhaps Aquilim GL, SG or 315. It might also be Saregum 130.
  4. Wuta Stitching Irons

    Left and middle look good to me. I agree the .8 looks a little bulky. How many teeth on the other iron?
  5. First handstitch handbag

    Muy bueno!
  6. Dixon pricking

    Contact them at that website and ask if they have some left.
  7. Dixon pricking

    Try Booth Tools. Booth carried some while Dixon was still in business. They may have some left.
  8. Horween Essex Briefcase

    Lin Cable 432, which is a little thick for 9 tpi but still looks ok.
  9. Landis crank splitter

    Is this still available?
  10. Nice work. Check out Hidepounder's edge finishing tutorial. You could also paint your edges. Either way spend some time doing some fine sanding.
  11. Best Pricking Irons

    I currently use Blanchards. I have no experience with the ones you listed but I'd choose Amy Roke.
  12. European vs. Japanese Style Stitches

    Check out Instagram and you'lll find that the top Japanese leather craftsmen use the European style. Most of them are using Blanchard pricking irons. See go_leathers. He has a few tests of several other brands. Amy Roke is another brand of pricking irons. They are pretty new but very high quality made in China. The stitching chisels you read/hear about are used mostly to punch all the way through the leather. With these I see a slightly thicker thread and lower stitch count per inch. As far as I know neither of these styles use a stitching groover like the saddlers and other leather crafters here in the USA.
  13. Pigskin suede both side lining question

    If you're gonna use suede you probably want to paint the edges. Here's a long wallet made entirely of suede. I think the edges were painted.