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  • Birthday 04/17/1933

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    108 Briarwood Lane W---Kerrville, TX 78028

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    Custom knife Sheaths and general custom leather work

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  1. Check out Levi Graham Knives for some ideas. Paul
  2. Yangtools

    There would likely be no tariff on Terry's knives, but shipping to the UK could raise the end user price considerably........although the knives are small and don't weight much at all so considering the excellent quality of The Knip knives it could be well worth it. Another excellent maker is Joshua Fields. I have both the "Knip" and the Fields and they are both great. Paul
  3. Beveler blade for swivel knife?

    Weel, I called it Nylon, but I don't really know what it's made of. I most probably is a plastic or ploy of some sort. I get a lot of use out of mine like I said on longer runs of borders. My very first one came from Tandy, but they discontinued them years ago and i finally found them again at Springfield and they said they were going to discontinue therm, so I bought 50 so I could have them on hand for people who saw them demonstrated on my four instructional videos, and then Springfield decided to continue with them and that's a good thing. Paul
  4. Beveler blade for swivel knife?

    I had Bob bBeard make one for me out of tool steel (with his traditional gun blueing) and the nylon bevelers are head and shoulders above the steel in my opinion. The steel seemed to drag and the nylon is smooth as silk. That was my personal experience with each of the two types. These are really inexpensive, so you may want to try one just for the heck of it. Paul
  5. Beveler blade for swivel knife?

    I have had this one for years and use it with nearly everything that has a border to bevel. I use them primarily for long runs such as border work. The border on the sheath in the photo was done with it. I prefer the conventional bevelers for carving work. You can get them at Springfield Leather. (They generally have banner ads at the top of this forum) Paul
  6. I'm sure it's great, but unless and until you upload the photos, I can't see them . I get either non opening or "Safari can't find the server" Paul
  7. Splitting Shell Cordovan

    Your Cobra 14 will probably do the job......BUT I would first remove the blade and strop it to make sure it has a sharp "new" edge and then take a small piece and do a test split to be sure the temper of your leather is going to run through smoothly and give about the required thickness. If all goes well, hold your breath and split the oversize wallet pieces. Good Luck! I have successfully split many different exotic leathers other than veg tan on my C14, but there is always the chance for a screw up.
  8. Custom tooled fenders

    Beautifully executed. You are good! Layout, carving, tooling, all very pleasing. I'm sure your customer will agree. Paul
  9. Trimming Oversized Belt Lining

    If you lay out your belt pattern slightly oversize also and the glue the liner(also oversize) and then cut, the result will be a smooth edged belt ready form burnishing. I would still use a round knife for this. Paul
  10. Lets talk about WOW factor in leatherwork.

    I've been at this since 1951. I have come to believe the "Wow" factor is pretty well hidden in the last 3% of any project. By that I mean too many folks quit at 97% saying things like "that's good enough"......well, for me it's not good enough until it's perfect....(by the way I've never hit that magical perfect mark yet!). I won't buy "that's good enough", but I will buy and help where I can if I hear "that's as good as I am capable of right now". I think the Wow factor comes with the consumer's very first impression of your work, and you rarely get a chance for a second first impression. The wow factor is when they consumer thinks, "Boy that's really expensive, but look at the fine quality and finish; it's certainly worth it compared to this other one" Above all, be patient . Great skill does does appear over night, it's earned one day at a time with improvment piled on top of improvement. You have to be honest and be your own harshest critic, because there will always be those who say "GREAT JOB, Fantastic when you know in your heart it's not so great. ...and I still say if I ever make that absolutely perfect piece, I stop while I'm ahead and so far I haven't stopped in over 60 years. Paul
  11. First trade as a leather worker

    But you did do a really nice dye job won the front. No run overs on the back side. That is just great. Paul
  12. WICKETT & CRAIG leather selection

    For what it's worth.....I buy ONLY W&C skirting sides, and have it split to what ever thickness I want. Since this discussion is primarily about "natural", "oak" or whatever I won't bring up the vat dyed colors I use which happens to be 5 colors. I buy Russet color and it oils, dyes, carves, and stamps just about like the HO I used years ago. It is very consistant in color and quality from one order to the next. While I specialize in custom knife sheaths, I use the various weights for many other projects as well. I tried some of the "tooling"leather in the past and if I recall it was a lighter shade which might be attributed to a slightly different protocol in the tanning process. I have splitter and can make use of most of the belly leather of which nearly all has good and useful top grain, so most of that goes for 2/3Oz. lining material, or an occasional wallet, etc. so buying full sides makes sense in my operation. Paul
  13. Sewing misshapen leather after stamping?

    A very simple solution. Glue up first and then click. Nice even edges, and carving or tooling a double thickness rarely stretches any at all. it works for me. Paul
  14. My first attempt at tooling leather

    Rocko, if you want perfect points, then intentionally fail to join the point lines by about 1/64" and then let your beveler create the point. Works every time. Paul
  15. Synthetic Leather right around the corner!

    It will be interesting to semis they can duplicate the properties of veg tan leather, ie carving, stamping. I can see how it could replace chrome for clothing, upholstery, fashion bags and purses etc Paul