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  1. Steaths

    Hi, VERY nice! A lot of detail work!
  2. Let's Talk About Steel

    Hi, This was interesting! I forged knives for years, including pattern weld, cable san mai, and also the japanese "Hamon" quench techniques! I paid for my shop almost, selling knives made from a set of 1939 Studebaker leaf springs, I bought for $5! If you want to get in a real knock down drag out.... Go to a Knifemakers meet or convention... And start talking about HEAT TREAT!!! Different steels will take a back seat!!!
  3. Hi, There's not much to it. I just melt a little high grade beeswax in some REAL neetsfoot oil on a burner. Take it easy with the heat! Porportions would be about 2 teaspoons of wax to a cup of oil. You don't need a LOT of beeswax! If there is some white wax residue in the tooling after it dries.... Just take a clean old tooth brush and brush it out!!!
  4. Hi, I make a Neetsfoot oil, beeswax mix to put on the belt after I dye. Then I sew and finish the belt. Then I put a coat of the Fiebrings Canaba Cream finish as the last touch and polish lightly with a cloth. My feeling is the Neetsfoot oil feeds the leather and the cream put a nice glow on the surface? Seems to work!
  5. Hi, Thanks for the kind words! These belts are funny. With the top of the line material there is about $30 spent before the work is even started! Admittedly you can buy an embossed belt for that amount. But, I'll have to say it does not come close to this belt in looks or pride of ownership. I so far have not tried to sale any of my belts... Prefering to make them for presents to friends and family!!!
  6. Hi, Thanks fellas, I'm improving! Got my stamping deeper and got an edge guide for my swivel knife to cut the border! Makes for a better "organized" fence for the border stamp I think!!!
  7. Hi, Finished this stamped hand sewn leather belt. Only used 2 stamps! This is a peice of HO 9/10 oz. veg tan leather and a solid brass buckle!
  8. Hi, Yes, Tandy actually sold a kit like that, cause I made one for my sister! As was mentioned it was laced and there was no pockets or linings! This was about 1971!
  9. Best quality/buy on belt making leather????

    Hi, Well...As I said, if you can't buy 3 or 4 hides at a time.... You are sort of boxed in a corner, but compared to buying belt blanks one at a time... I'll call it a deal??? Different ways to skin a cat, but only so many options, you can go with depending on your position. I halved the cost of buying individual belt blanks at $20/25 a pop for HO 9/10 oz. Leather! I'll keep trying to pick up tips here and keep my ear to the ground!
  10. Best quality/buy on belt making leather????

    Hi, I just finished stamping out the first belt from my "Back" that I got from Springfield. I got a 20oz rawhide mallet that I forgot I had and it made some deeper impressions. The grain on this hide is tight and the backside is smooth? I'm going to stick my neck out and say I probably have the best leather for belts you can buy. Springfield did everything they said they would do, and unless I see something comparable for a lot less money..... I'm good! Thanks for the info!
  11. Hi, Thanks, it might just be the Man behind the Mallet! The Belt I show in the pic is the first belt I've made in 20 years and I'm trying to get back into leatherwork. Your belt hits all the buttons, even the dye job is nice and shows detail in workmanship. Something for me to reach for! I already have made a few changes to hopefully do better on my next belt, but you get pushed into this... By the cheapness of the commercial leatherwork today, it seems!!!
  12. Hi, Was wondering what basket weave stamp you used? I have been using an old Tandy Craft tool and looking for something better? Thanks!
  13. Hi. Nice work!!! I would of used Black, but that is my taste!
  14. Pro Crafter Stamping Tools

    Hi, Can anyone tell me where Procrafter stamping tools are made? Looking for some geometric stamps, but would like to buy US made without breaking the bank.... Maybe impossible, but looking! Thanks!!!
  15. Best quality/buy on belt making leather????

    Hi, I thought I would add to this thread as I bought one of the Hand Strap Cutters (The wooden Original Strap Cutter) I have to say it worked fantastic and I cut me 3 nice belt blanks with it. As Springfield cut me a straight edge on my leather already I was good to go and everything went VERY smoothly! Sure beat my old Tandy strap cutter that was made out of 2, 1/2" pieces of wood!!!