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  1. C.S. Osborne No. 86 splitter restoration

    Thanks JCUK, I will have a good look at them later. While I am on here, since you have had your machine an it is still performing well how do you sharpen your blade?
  2. C.S. Osborne No. 86 splitter restoration

    When you say a lap skive do you mean a tapered skive like used when joining two leather strips together? The reason I ask is that I have been looking at getting one of these and I believe the 86a will do this. I don’t think I would need the extra two inch width the (substantially dearer) 84 offers
  3. Black Mountains Leather Tools

    Well,decilhide that seems to clear up my original question. It’s good to see someone selling these tools in the UK. I have me eye on one or two things and will be in touch soon.
  4. Wallet Making Question

    Why not use a small piece of your leather and trial a couple of different thread sizes to see which you like the look of best. Usually a #2 saddlers needle is used with larger sizes and a #4 with smaller
  5. Black Mountains Leather Tools

    Hmmm, apologies if it was felt that I implied something. I didn’t mean to.
  6. Black Mountains Leather Tools

    I would be surprised if they were fraudulent as the way I came across them was in the recent edition of 'Waxing the Thread' magazine and that they have an active Facebook site. That said the website does not fill me with confidence. Even if it is rebranded (quality) Chinese stuff I wouldn't mind as sometimes the cheaper price doesn't look so cheap once the import tax is added.
  7. I came across Black Mountains Leather recently. They have some nice looking tools and but I don’t know anything about them (the site is very sparse on words and descriptions). I am wondering if anyone out there have used them or any of their tools, particularly their pricking irons. You can find them at https://www.blackmountainsleather.com/
  8. I like it. The stitching is maybe a bit large but it suits the wallet
  9. Wallet Templates

    Ian Atkinson (Leodis Leather) also does a simpler patttern than the folded edge one. It isa lot cheaper and has a few options for build. A a six slot bifold is one of these. It is well explained and has an accompanying video
  10. Wallets layers?

    If you are determined to have 6 slots in a row how about doing it this way
  11. Leathercraft Masterclass

    Phil, i tried on my laptop and iPad. It was better on the laptop but was still slow. On the iPad some page just failed to load at all.
  12. Leathercraft Masterclass

    Philip, i htought I would have a look at your site and from what I see it looks interesting . Your free backstitch video was well explained . However I have found the site quite glitchy. Some pages takes ages to load and sometimes they only partially load then stop. I’m not criticising but just making you aware that it may put people off. I don’t know if anyone else had the same problem
  13. Tiger ver Far East threads

    Lie most others here I have tried several different threads but it is only with Tiger thread that I am more prone to the problem of stabbing the thread. I am not sure why but it is what it’s is. In addition actuallly prefer the way a round thread site especially with the ‘slanted’ style of stitching.
  14. Smell of Leather

    This reminds me on going to Petticoat Lane market in London years ago to buy a leather jacket. I found the smell of the leather really overpowering in the warehouse section of the market that sold the jackets. I was told later , by someone in the know, that they sprayed the jackets with gas canisters at the start of the day to give that ‘leather’ smell