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About TonyRV2

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  • Birthday 08/05/1955

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    Hawthorne, FL and Fair Haven, MI
  • Interests
    Knife Sheaths, Knife Making

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  • Leatherwork Specialty
    Knife Sheaths and Guitar Straps
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  1. Good customer service equals repeat business, is how.
  2. Here we go.....
  3. If I'm not mistaken, the process is referred to as dye sublimation and can be applied to other materials besides leather. Like many processes I understand there is quite a learning curve to it.
  4. Krooked K could just refer to it in your logo as KK.......ehhhhh......nevermind.
  5. You are correct 1/4" popped in my head, I'll never know.
  6. True that! About 35 years ago my (at the time) little daughter asked me where babies came from. I told her "China, mostly".
  7. Here are some sole bends from 'the leather guy' that are advertised as 11 to 14oz, so your memory probably is right Capt'. Perhaps something like that would suit the OP's needs. Looks like the OP will need to find a source in China however.
  8. 10mm of leather thickness is about 1/4" which means that you'd be looking for 16oz leather since each oz is 1/64". (sorry...I have to think in english units) As far as I know, leather this thick is not available without gluing two layers together. Would gluing the layers be a problem for the project you're considering?
  9. I like the long tube idea...similar to a camera lens case.
  10. Since no one's my take on this. You have a guy that wants to start a leathercraft site...fine, the more the merrier I say. However, this person is obviously no expert on leather crafting and so comes begging here for experts to cross over and give his site some legitimacy. This is no way to start a website. If the op had any credibility what so ever, he/she would already be an expert with leather and would have posted articles to their website which supported this, otherwise what possible motivation would there be to do this. I can think of only one...profit from advertisers and supporters. I know the op stated that this was not the case, but if so, then why not just support what already has been done here? This person has outright stated that he would like to steal a few experts away from this sight, pay them a stipend, and give them their own personal forum. I think this is what members here find most objectionable. This tactic would be objectionable no matter the business one was in. My advise to the op would be to develop your own expertise in leather, post what you've learned, and if its good, people will come. But don't come here trying to steal folks away just because you don't possess the knowledge to pull it off yourself...very bad form.
  11. This sounds udderly reasonable and eliminates all the bull.
  12. Here's the link to the google book. The explanation basically starts on page 182, section 26. is a stronger material the grain side or the flesh side of leather%3F&f=false I consider myself a student of one of the renown sheath makers of our time, Paul Long, having purchased and studied all of his DVD's time and time again. Now according to Paul, when gluing two pieces of leather together PROPERLY, flesh side to flesh side, the bond will be so strong that any attempt to tear it apart will result in the leather fibers ripping before the glue bond gives way. This would lend credence to the idea that laminating two pieces of leather together would likely increase the tensile strength. I say likely only because I haven't seen or heard of tests of this sort actually being performed. Paul's idea of 'properly', to which I have personally subscribed, is to put two coats of Barge on each surface when doing flesh to flesh. The first coat is allowed to tack up and soaks into the fibers, the second coat then lays atop the first. So I believe that the glue bond does not diminish the overall strength of the leather although this does not really speak to the quality of finishing the edges of the leather in order to prevent affects of weathering on the material. To summarize, the tensile strength (the degree by which the leather could be stretched before breaking is likely increased as it would be no different than using two straps connecting two point as opposed to one. The shear strength, that is ripping one layer from the other, would remain unchanged as compared to a single strap subjected to shear forces. Thats my story and I'm stickin' to it, at least until someone else changes my mind.
  13. Here's the link to the google book. The explanation basically starts on page 182, section 26. is a stronger material the grain side or the flesh side of leather%3F&f=false
  14. Thats exaclty it TT. The tensile forces are much, much greater on the belt in a pulley system. The only reason the grain side is put toward the pulley is not because of strength, but because of the higher density of the cell structure (that which makes the grain side flat). The flatness of the grain side which is what gives it better properties to engage the pulley. Frictional forces are much higher with grain to pulley rather than flesh to pulley, so there is less slippage. Also, when the grain is toward the outside it tends to crack. This is also something that tends to be better with the grain facing the pulley....what compression forces there are tend to keep the grain more compact. I'll see if I can find that link again and post it.