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  1. cinch2

    Hey, I LIKE that! My kiddos have been asking me to make them an ammo pouch for their slingshot. This could be just the ticket!
  2. Does anyone use WUTA tools?

    I appreciate that feedback. That long lead time though... That, I can do. Thanks for the input.
  3. Does anyone use WUTA tools?

    I'm looking at a few Pricking Irons (2.7mm) and wondering if people are satisfied with the quality of WUTA tools. Does anyone have constructive input?
  4. Craftool Pro Splitter

    I'm glad to hear it was successful. And I understand what you mean about getting it "almost right." I've run into exactly that same problem with some copper plumbing projects. Ah, I hadn't thought about that! Did you find the resulting stock to have consistent thickness?
  5. Craftool Pro Splitter

    Who has extensive experience with the Craftool Pro Splitter? I want to try my hand at a couple rolled edge wallets but I do not want bulk. I have some Old World Bellies that are about 1.1-1.2mm thick and I'd like to take them down to a fairly consistent 0.8mm (which is still thicker than some of the leather in my Bosca wallets). My Splitter is inbound so I haven't had a chance to play with it yet. So my real questions are, how thin have you been able to go? And, how little have you been able to successfully peel from your stock? Half of a millimeter? Obviously the blade edge matters and milage may vary, I just want to know if anyone has been successful in this area. Thanks, Joel
  6. Tricycle Restoration? (my second project)

    All the purchased items (hand grips, seat (before I tore it apart and rebuilt it), headset, etc.) I bought off of Amazon. The parts I needed were too specific to try to find them all "locally." I have no idea what I'm going to do with it. I could never get out of it the money I put into it, not to mention any of the craftwork. I'll probably just hang onto it until my kids loose all interest, then give it to someone that I think MIGHT take care of it for awhile. My kids will probably dig it for another year or so...
  7. Backpack/Rucksack patterns

    I'm with you on reverse engineering, I've done that with a three piece bicycle seat that I made out of leather for a tricycle refurb. I just don't want to buy a $45 "pattern." Whatever I end up with, I'll certainly take my artistic liberties with it. BTW, for many patterns I've found manila file folders to be perfect stencil material.
  8. Tricycle Restoration? (my second project)

    Thank you all for the kind words! I'm a semi-avid biker (Mountain bike, Road bike, part-time triathlete), so this was a fun project where I was able to incorporate several hobby skills (welding, mechanical, leatherwork, bike maintenance, etc.). I just wish I could afford to do more of these... I probably paid for five new trikes restoring this one.
  9. Tricycle Restoration? (my second project)

    The trunk is a pattern I bought off of Tandy's Leathercraft Library. The seat I purchased off of Amazon, disassembled and reverse engineered. The fender and get-back whip were my creations. The hand grips are straight outta China (Amazon.)
  10. Tricycle Restoration? (my second project)

    The kids' step-dad said there really wasn't anything they could do with it, so their mother's response was to send it with the kids to my house, as a "Project." Just so happens I recently developed an interest in leatherwork so...
  11. Quick background; my ex-wife remarried and lives in an area where they don't get garbage pick-up so they haul their own garbage to the dump. One day whilst hauling said garbage my sons discovered a treasure.
  12. Yeah, I don't actually pinch the tips together, I was just trying to explain how it opens. To insert the knife I just hold the side that's completely sewn shut, carefully introduce the first corner and then flex the sheath a little to slowly insert the knife without the sharp edge contacting the gusset, or shaving the inside of the sheath. Believe me, I'm in no hurry to test this blade against my own flesh.
  13. The two top legs of the gusset rest on the shoulders of the blade and cause I tiny bit of pressure where the knife's bolster meets the sheath. The only "test" I could think of was to hold the handle of the knife and shake the heck out of it. The sheath moved very little laterally, and not at all away from the knife. So, exactly what it should have done, and better than I had hoped.
  14. Backpack/Rucksack patterns

    Thank you both. LatigoAmigo, that is exactly what I was looking for!