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Hello, I purchased a Weaver Master Tools round knife a few months back and recently started cutting out some 8/9 oz veg tan using it. Didn't work too well so I ended up following the leather wrangler's video on sharpening the round knives using 1200 grit + 8000 grit diamond stones and a strop with green compound. After going through that sharpening process the knife cuts through leather like butter...for about 30 inches or so and then it slows down and considerable pressure is needed. I re-strop and it's great again for the same length. I then re-sharpened it over again spending much longer on the 8,000 grit and longer on the strop, but still have the same experience. The burr is gone after sharpening and I don't feel it after cutting the leather, so I don't think that would be the problem. I've read through many posts about the new osborne and tandy knives using poor quality steel that wont hold the edge very long - but my question is - does anyone know if that also applies to the Weaver Master Tools round knife? My experience would say yes, though I am not 100% sure. I did place an order for a Leather Wrangler's knife but it is several months out so I may have to do with the one I got for now. Originally I thought the Master Tools were a step up from the regular tools which is why I bought it. Thanks!
stanly posted a topic in Purses, Wallets, Belts and Miscellaneous Pocket ItemsJust a Head (FWIW I've read Joanna's tutorial, John Henry's and couple on the Masks forum) How do I make a molded dragon head purse? I want to make a small purse that's dragon head shaped. I've got some examples that give a general idea. One is more art than usable purse, 2nd is a discarded alligator plushie. I want to mold it like the art purse, but shaped more like the plushie with a more triangular head. Seems like this has to be a turn out in order not to show stitches? If I'm going to mold this 1" up from my base do I start with a piece of leather that's something like 1 3/4" bigger than the base? What's the most 4-6oz belly leather can be stretched? Shoulder leather? Don't suppose the leather gives any kind of warning before it cracks? Is there some kind of conditioning to make leather easier to stretch? I'm making a plug, but why is molding pull down and not push out from back? Do people ever use just foam for their plugs? Any special type? Current plan is take 2 - 1x4s cut into "more triangular" shapes, shim up at back to get a wedge profile, and put a piece on top to get an approximate forehead shape. This is the rough shape, planning to goin with finer tools for some detailing.