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My decision to purchase this set and what made me pull the trigger. So after some time of thinking about purchasing this set of western-edge style Edge bevelers from ranchtoarena.com I decided to email the company. After a couple of emails my patience was wearing thin because it is what it is and we live in a fast-food world blah blah blah! I decided why not call and speak to someone there. Well lo and behold I found out that they happened to be out of the country and that's why my emails went with no response! No harm no foul, I was even able to speak to Jeremiah, who was kind enough to give me the specifications on the type of Steel used for these bevelers etc etc. He did go through the Heat Treating process and what not. 15 minutes after speaking to him I ordered this set! Needless to say their customer service is beyond phenomenal! I was supposed to have received the set of bevelers and handle on Monday I received them Saturday! Of course like a kid with a brand new toy I went to playing! I grabbed some scraps of leather all vegtan varying in thickness from 4oz all the way to 12-14oz saddle skirting and begin to try them out. My initial impression as well as my thoughts after having used them a few times now is this. These things are phenomenal I have absolutely no regrets in purchasing them! For those of you that have any trepidation about the thickness of the tools and the shape of the handle you have no worries whatsoever! First of all the thickness of the tools actually allows for better performance and the quality of the 1075 Spring Steel that they are made of is fantastic! The parallel line that has been spoken of in previous threads and seen on a video was an issue that I addressed to Jeremiah. He in turn explained to me what may have caused this issue. There could have been several factors to include the type of leather and "angle of attack" for lack of a better term needless to say this was not an issue for me. The handle: The handle has a very ergonomic shape! Also as many of you have seen already this handle is not like the round handles we are used to, which means it will not go for a walk off of your bench and land business end first on the blade! The shape of the handle itself leads the user to hold the tool in a correct fashion. It is not counterintuitive to the use whereas a straight handle sometimes can be. I know a little about this as I am a lean manufacturing instructor the importance of good tool design and the ergonomics of them can effect the end user greatly either in a negative or positive manner. Also I have made many "bladed" tools for myself ranging from stitching awls to round knives and am a fairly decent knife maker who knows the importance of good steel and the absolute importance of HT and temper, so much of what I asked Jeremiah about pertained to this. NOW as with anything else there has to be cons that follow all of the pros and here they are. The only con that I have personally is the handle, not the shape, but the material "plastic" Keeping in mind these tools are meant to be cost effective, both for the individual purchasing them and the company I would say that using plastic was a very prudent choice, but if I had my way (which I will) I would prefer a wooden handle. Again in keeping cost to customers at a reasonable range as well as cost to the company plastic is a good alternative. I will in the future make some handles for the set I have out of stabilized wood that is how confident in the quality of the blades I am. They will last me a great long time! Finally. My disclaimer I am in no way shape or form affiliated with ranchtoarena.com everything that I wrote is my personal opinion and I am just giving my thoughts if you are looking to purchase some edge bevelers GET EM! On the off-chance that Mr Watt or anyone there reads this I would like to thank them greatly, you are fantastic people to deal with!
Okay so after some tweaking and adjusting of the width both of my handmade Edge bevelers are a success! 1. During testing process and before finish . Yes dagnabbit I split one of the handles tapping the blade into it ! 2. Close-ups of the business ends. 3. The handles are maple the ferrules are half inch ID copper tubing. Believe it or not I turned the handles on my drill press. 4. Here they are after three coats of Danish oil and a nice thick slathering of Montana pitch blend, yes that's correct! It has beeswax, Pine pitch and mink oil in it so what better to put on the wood! Plus it's what I had on hand. They both cut wonderfully and smoothly which is exactly what I wanted I am pleased with them. Plus I know they will hold an edge far longer than the Tandy Leather Factory Edge beveler I have been using! As always comments and questions are welcome!
Hello All! its been a great long time since I last posted. some of you may remember me but anyway here is a really short background. I started here because I wanted to make a seat for my Shovel. (avatar pic) I am very big into making as many of my own tools as possible (mostly cutting tools) I make knives and work with mostly 5160, L6 and 15N20 steel. my quest for making my own tools has brought me to the point of wanting to make my own edge bevelers. I have no intention in becoming a tool maker so these tools as like my head knives are one off and for my use only. I am currently working L6 steel on what I have started my problem is this. I cannot find a definitive profile of what edge to put on the business end. what I am looking to make is either a bissonette style or half bissonette (round edge?) SO what I am asking for is some GOOD close up PIX of QUALITY edgers NO TLF as I have one and its tired...I know my steels (the ones I use) I know my process (annealing, HT, tempering) for the materials i use. I just need more of a direction and my Google fu has failed me. I have not been able to find anything use full on DIY edge bevelers pictures of molested dinner ware are fine if that's what works for you and that is what you have to work with but not what I am looking for. So I have come to ask the COLLECTIVE for help. I will post pix of what my journey has lead me to up until this point at some time to include my new work area and tools. To all Thank you and as always thanks for this place...Sanch..flying NOMAD and solo...