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  1. Trying some knife sheaths

    Very nice. A nice "custom" look, with a simple, very adaptable design. That will work well if the maker wants several more in a short time.
  2. Handcutting vs Press Cutting

    Something else to consider is the cost. Even a small hand operated press with some dies is going to be several hundred dollars. Your sales will dictate if the expense is worth it.
  3. Skiving Tools?

    The safety style works real well. It is designed to only take small amounts off at a time. Lets you gradually work it to the shape you need.
  4. Purse Strap Rivets

    Tandy sells them as "domed rivets". 2 sizes- 7mm and 10mm. They sell setters for them also.
  5. Tooling question.

    Any man made surface will have a little bit of give to it. It'll work, but you won't get the deep, clean impressions that you want. Good stamping needs a smooth, solid, hard surface mounted on a solid table or bench.
  6. how do I mass produce belts

    Hopefully, the shop owner wants the finished product in his shop. That way you won't have to take time to fit each one. We keep size 30 through size 50 in stock at all times. His sales will determine what is best for you. Usually, 36 through 44 make up most of our sales. This is for a standard, not fancy belt. The first thing for you to do is make a specific sized belt in your normal way. We make only even numbered sizes (32-34-36-etc.). We make our center hole 5 1/2" from the tip, and add 3 1/4" at the buckle end. Take the belt apart, and measure the total length. Then subtract the size of the belt, and the remainder is the amount to add on to any size you need. Using our measurements, a size 40 belt would need a blank of 48 3/4". A ranger style or lined belt won't work using this formula. We only use 2 buckles. Stainless or brass of the same design. Too many options mean more precise measuring. Hope this helps.
  7. I'd say your first try was a success. Very nice job.
  8. One of the best hand stitched bags I've seen. Really great job.
  9. For Gimpy

    Looks great. I'll bet your next project won't have so much backgrounding to do.
  10. I've not had any trouble with Fiebings or Tandy dyes. Just follow directions on the bottles, and both brands will work well. Read some old posts in the dyeing forum and you can get some other views and tips.
  11. Free to someone who can use them.

    Has someone claimed these yet?
  12. Next time try Lexol conditioner on your old leather. It replenishes oils and only makes a slight change in color, if any. I don't know of any way to highlight the tooling. All the regular ways to do it make the leather darker. I've never used olive oil, so I don't know how it will react with standard waxes or finishes.
  13. I agree with JLS on the stamping. I always preferred a border line around the stamped area. Kind of cleans it up some. Just my opinion. Other than that, it looks pretty good.
  14. I never cared much for them. I always preferred steel. Try it before you replace it.
  15. It's probably ruby stone. Tandy stores sold them years ago.