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  1. The silver pens made for marking leather work great for me. Just lick a finger and rub it to remove the mark. Silver shows up on black leather, which many other colors wouldn't. Otherwise, a scratch awl.
  2. Someone did a comprehensive long term test of different leather finishes outdoors. He found NFO & SnoSeal was the best combination. See the full tests here:
  3. If you're going to use pliers, wrap the jaws in electrical tape. It adds a little bit of grip and won't scuff the needle. Hopefully you won't need to use them on every stitch, because that would take a long time and be annoying. See if a smaller needle or larger hole is a possibility.
  4. I saw those pigs! They were floating out of giant mailboxes. Saw the tour in San Diego. They put on a good show. When doing leatherwork I'm often listening to a podcast (Sam Harris, Freakonomics, Philosophize This, Partially Examined Life). If we're talking concerts, these are the ones I remember. I wish I had kept better records, but I was distracted, and I've got ticket stubs so old all the writing is worn off and I can't tell who they were for! Guns n Roses X2 Metallica U2 NIN Marilyn Manson Pink Floyd Grateful Dead (San Diego & Vegas) Suicidal Tendencies x2 Megadeth Alice Cooper Lycia Death in June Boyd Rice Tori Amos x5 Lorena Mckennit Dead Can Dance Crash Worship Genitorturers AMF Switchblade Symphony Psychotica Sisters of Mercy Tom Waits Leonard Cohen The Cure Pantera White Zombie Deftones Bob Dylan Billy Joel Paul Simon KMFDM Einsturzende Neubauten Fear Hate Department Tool Social Distortion x2 Rage Against the Machine Cat Power Faith No More Tricky Bad Religion No Doubt Unwritten Law Green Day Ghoulspoon Hatehead Psychic Zoo Sprung Monkey Deicide Cancer Conspiracy of Beards Black Sabbath x2 Slayer x2 Soundgarden Penis Flytrap x2
  5. If you get that Amazon press, or if anybody else has it, I'd love to hear how it works for you. It looks like a great idea, but the reviews are mixed.
  6. This! I have one by where I get dressed to hold my pocket knives and watches. I've seen other people use them for leatherworking and other tools. They're so cool I've bought several as gifts.
  7. I like Tan Kote on gator. It seems to give better results than Resolene or anything else I've tried. If you have scraps of it, test a little each finish you have on different pieces or spots and see which result you like best.
  8. Pics attached here. The backside is a bit mottled, like something may have been spilled on it or glue removed. Decent shape otherwise, though. The only marking on it says "=58" The fur is very soft. I got it from an online auction, the seller didn't know anything about it, other than they said it was wallaby. They could have been wrong, but I don't know what else it could be. (Off topic, but in case anyone's wondering, what you can see behind it is my leather hanging system. It's 1/2" plumbing pipe screwed into ceiling joists with metal clothes hangers hanging on it, and leather hanging from those using 1" rug clips, which do dent the outer leather, but don't put holes in it like shower curtain rings would. It makes it easy to browse for leather as you would for clothes in a closet, with leather neither rolled up nor lost behind or under other pieces of leather.)
  9. It appears to have been tanned as well as any other leather, completely.
  10. I just received a wallaby hide, hair-on, in the mail and in a few hours the whole room smells like unwashed dog (no dog has a tail that big, so it's definitely not a dog skin). Usually I look forward to leather in the mail because it smells so good! I can't make anything out of this, not smelling like this. Can I shampoo and condition it, or will the water stay in the fur and leather or something? Thanks, guys
  11. Thank you so much. You guys are smart and helpful. I appreciate it.
  12. I bought a lot of old, used leatherworking tools. Most I identified, cleaned up, and put to work. These few left me with some questions. #1 has this pattern, not sure what it would do. #2 might be a creaser(?) but it would leave a line pretty far from the edge if so. #3 has three curved sides heading towards the point. The edges aren't sharp, but they seem sharpenable, though I wouldn't see why. #4 has a point like a scratch awl, but the barrel is textured like a file, and the wire wrapping on the handle seems a bit like overkill since awls are simpleish. Maybe just homemade? #5 Is has a 1/8" hole from the end of the handle all the way through, though I don't know why #6 is flat on the back/top end, though it's textured around the sides of the top. The lower half is rough enough that side is uncomfortable to hold. I have rasp dremel bits similar in structure. #7 is well worn, but could has a curved and sharpened end #8 is round on both ends, knurled in the middle. It could be a pin punch for very large pins. #9 could be a very wide edge beveler, though it's so dull it would take an hour on a grinder to get any kind of edge on it. Thank you for taking the time to look over these for me.
  13. I thought poundo boards were designed for punches and the soft material wouldn't dull them. According to SLC's video here: poundo boards dull punches and you're better off with hard plastic cutting boards. This is counterintuitive to me, but these guys know way more than I ever will. Then they say that poundo boards make good cutting boards, though in my experience soft cutting boards create more drag than hard ones, and even my grid ruled self healing mat causes more drag on the point of a knife than a hard plastic cutting board. I've also heard chefs say they use plastic cutting boards because they can be sterilized better, though they dull knives worse than wood ones do, which also seems opposite to what they're saying here. I'm not trying to be argumentative, I'm just pretty confused. Can anybody make sense of all this for me?
  14. Does anybody make an infinitely adjustable belt buckle sturdy enough for a gun belt? I have a lightweight infinitely adjustable belt that just uses friction to hold its position and it's very comfortable, but I can expand it just by tightening my stomach muscles - it's nowhere strong enough to hold up a pistol. Do you know of any infinitely adjustable belt buckle that is sturdy enough?
  15. I've had good luck with Resolene on snake skin. Brush it on in the same direction as the scales, thin coats, and buff only in the same direction.
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