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    Cape Cod, MA.
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    Tinkering and dabbling. Wood work. Metal work. Oil painting. Tool making.
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    Mostly vintage bicycle related saddle bags, etc.
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  1. Thanks for that, Bikermutt, I just got on Amazoon to take a look and was amazed at the number of stitching chisels and pricking irons listed on the site. I hadn't really looked there so was astounded. Seems like all kinds of vendors, mostly Chinese I guess, have jumped on that bandwagon. Tempted to order one of the cheap 3.85 mm irons just to see how the quality looks. And how it works.
  2. Right-O JLS, I was just curious about the mention of the motor speed. Never seen one that runs at 6000 rpm. Unless Andy is ralking about a Dremel or other hand held device. Maybe Andy was speaking of SFPM. But that still seems awfully fast to me. I run the lignum vitae burnishers I made on my metal lathe..maybe around 1000-1500 rpm or so.
  3. I've got to ask, Andy, is there such an animal as a bench grinder than runs at that RPM? Never seen one. Also, why is that much speed, or SFPM , necessary? Thanks
  4. I will add also that one reason I chose the Crimson Hides irons was the mention of the steel and process they use. DC53 tool steel, hardened, one hopes, properly. I don't know much about tool steel but have worked with it a little bit. DC53 is tough, high quality stuff. So far, I had seen no mention of the steels used by the Chinese made irons. Not that they're not done properly. But the detail offered by Crimson Hides was at least somewhat reassuring. I also wanted actual punches and not pricking irons.
  5. I guess they are the black Craft Tool punches. they're black...anyway. Not familiar with the "Pro" variety. Just did a search and am getting mixed results using "Craftool Pro" as a search. Some show tools like mine. I will add that I opted for the DHL shipping on my Crimson Hides tools, which increases the cost of course.
  6. I just received my set yesterday. Haven't even had the chance to use them except a quick trial. Since I only dabble in leather work I only got the 5 and 2 tooth chisels, in 3.85 mm spacing. Got tired of using my Craft tool punches. My initial impression is very favorable. While the pictures on their site make the teeth look like they'll make big holes, they don't. Very nice diamond shaped holes, which may have to be opened a bit with an awl blade during stitching. But I tried them out on 7/8 ounce veg tanned. They're beautifully made tools. And reasonable compared with others. And Sherlyn was a real pleasure to deal with.
  7. That metal work is very impressive. Would like to see more on that.
  8. Javier, It may be reacting negatively with the Eco Flo, being wiped on with a sponge. ...if you could, I would try applying it in two or more very thin coats, with an airbrush or similar. First coat a light mist. Dried thoroughly to seal. Second coat can be a little more, but still very light. Third if needed.
  9. I tell you what, I miss the days when I could go down to Salt Lake Leather. Maybe before your time there in the valley, don't know. That was a great place. I don't live in the valley anymore. Is Tandy's still on south State Street in SL? They never had the best leather. But pretty good sometimes.
  10. Really nice work. Beautiful.
  11. There's not much difference between them. I've used both. And the fumes from both are noxious.
  12. For what it's worth, you can't go wrong with an Iwata. I like high quality tools. They're a better investment in the long run. And they just work better. Iwata air brushes are high quality. I have an older Iwata BC that I found at an estate sale, un-used. It's a precision tool. For those wanting to spray both water thin media, like dyes, and thicker pigmented media, like paint, keep in mind that good quality air brushes usually have different tip options. In general, you need a wider tip orifice for media with a thicker viscosity. Smaller tip for dyes, etc.
  13. Say, Black Dogg, I really appreciate this glowing review. I'm very happy you like the awl haft, and that it fits so well in your hand. It's always a challenge to know just what shape to make these I'm glad it's comfortable. My thanks again. It was great working with you, and I very much appreciate your business, and your review here. Scott