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  1. Looks ok to me! Honestly "your mileage may vary" when you try to emboss on any "pullup" leathers. I've had mixed success depending on the leather, even with professional equipment. Copper Rough and Tough, for example just doesn't emboss in a very attractive and striking way.
  2. Exactly this kind of thing is what I recommend if you're not ready for a press. It won't go as deep but it will give you much better results than pressure alone.
  3. To permanently print on anything that's not veg-tan, you'll need heat. You'd actually be better off doing a hand heat press than an arbor press with no heat.
  4. That's a dedicated Kwikprint embossing press with a custom die, but that's the way to do it "right", that being said I'm probably going to use this stamp for well over 1000 impressions in the upcoming year. Thanks! Buffalo is cool stuff, though it's certainly not "just one thing", it can also be very soft and pliable, when tanned differently. I have some Horween buffalo I'm going to start playing with soon.
  5. Just embossed these this morning. You need heat much more than you need pressure. This is a pocket on a checkbook for one of my wholesale customers. Kwikprint press.
  6. I'll also add to what's been said, you'll have to find your market, and a customer basewho appreciates the difference of hand tooling. There are very similar embossing rolls out there that print an entire belt is a fraction of the time and an uneducated customer might not appreciate the difference and time you put into hand tooling. Not trying to discourage but you'll have to recognize that challenge. You also may want to also focus on more "custom" or different designs...
  7. Looks kinda thin to me, would suggest backing just so whatever you make has a more "heavy duty feel" even if it's not necessary for durability.
  8. I usually glue to a heavier back for durability. It might depend some on the skin, what kind is it? How was it tanned?
  9. Generally yes that's correct and from what I've seen you actually don't see much besides full grain in veg. I suppose embossed and corrected are "possible" but certainly not common.
  10. That one is not bad though I did another post today about top grain, one of the points there was that some reputable places use it interchangeably with full grain (Hide House and Maverick)...my understanding has always been that top grain was a "bigger category" covering everything that's not a split: if it's been corrected call it that, if it's been embossed then say so, use terms that actually describe the leather. I've also heard people to call everything that's not suede "grain leather" but besides sounding like a horrible attempt to make leather from wheat, it feels like they're just trying not to say the word "top"...
  11. Another post in my ongoing attempt to debunk a lot of the popular info out there: https://nstarleather.wordpress.com/2017/06/21/top-grain-leather-full-grains-under-rated-and-misunderstood-little-brother/ Please let me know what you think!
  12. Thanks...at least I know I have one fan, did you see the one I did today?
  13. No love for the post? At the very least it got pictures of a lot of the variety of full grain...
  14. Yep full sides, 20-24ish feet...
  15. For small quantities Acadia Leather will have the best prices, then also Hide House. You could ask Acadia their minimums for a custom run, since they do their own tanning.