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  1. Contact them at that website and ask if they have some left.
  2. Try Booth Tools. Booth carried some while Dixon was still in business. They may have some left.
  3. Lin Cable 432, which is a little thick for 9 tpi but still looks ok.
  4. Is this still available?
  5. Nice work. Check out Hidepounder's edge finishing tutorial. You could also paint your edges. Either way spend some time doing some fine sanding.
  6. I currently use Blanchards. I have no experience with the ones you listed but I'd choose Amy Roke.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Very cool. Thanks!
  10. I make my own. Sometimes based on someone's else's photos. I've bought a few from China and they always seem to be slightly too small. Credit cards pockets end up being too tight. I've also used some free ones that apparently were not tested so things didn't quite fit right. You have to make the pattern a few times and make changes that you only find out about when actually making the item.
  11. I don't think there is one book for everything leather. Too many styles and techniques. If you're looking for tooling books try Sheridan Style Carving by Bob Likewise (with Bill Gardner & Clinton Faye). The Leatherworking Handbook by Valerie Michael is a good one for learning hand stitching, construction techniques and has some practical projects in it.
  12. The heat helps the creasing tip glide across the leather add some more pressure for a deeper crease. The crease is mostly decorative but helps compress the fibers to create a stronger edge. Some wax and paint gives it a nice finish and seals everything up.
  13. Yeah, I have one. It's junk. Haha. I use the French one now.
  14. Yeah, I think ya'll are right. Top edges do look like they're rolled. Pockets are hard to tell but are definitely creased with a heated creaser.
  15. This is not a rolled edge. These edges are creased with a French tool called a Fileteuse Manuelle. It's being called an electric creaser here in the US. The edges are then painted and waxed. Where are you in Texas?