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About Topcat

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  • Birthday 09/25/1941

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    Palm Beach gardens, FL
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    Family,Boating, Golf and Leatherworking.

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  • Leatherwork Specialty
    highend lined holsters and belts
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    general leather work
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  1. happy birthday,,Tim

  2. This is an update on the blades. We are going to test a blade that is made in a similar manner as the old original blades. They will have a high carbon insert for sharper edge and good edge retention. The cost will be the issue....of course. We are also testing blades that will not be bi metal and they will be less expensive to be sure. We will see how this all sorts out and I will post the results. There is no way to hurry this and keep things reasonable. The blades will have 1 hole and 1 slot to make them universal for the slight differences in same model with slightly different specs. Cheers.....Topcat
  3. Going through some old boxes I came up with Chase splitter that I did not know I Had. Must have been a trade or possibly it was given to me......I'm not sure. It is as new! with a hollow ground blade that is razor sharp and new. I looked at it and having never used one I was not impressed to say the least. However I decided to give it a try and boy was I surprised.....What a great splitter. To everyone looking for a very good and easy to use splitter.....the Chase is excellent and often easier to find than a Krebs or Randal......just a thought.
  4. Solid brass belt loop staples for sale......20 each for 4.95 plus 2.75 shipping and handling. Give your belts a professional look. Quantity discounts available..... tcantwell@lakecentermarina.com
  5. I am having a test blade made for the Randall/Krebs splitters. It will be new and in perfect condition, razor sharp and honed with the cutting edge perfectly square to the holes....etc. The reason for the test is to be sure it will hold the edge and be able to pass the test of splitting Herman Oak molding leather and bridle leather. I have a source for the blades that make this possible. It will be a couple of months before this can be sorted out and I will post the results and take orders at that time. The cost will be very reasonable and this will be a one time deal......I may stock a few blades, but they will not be nearly as reasonable as the one time run. If you wish to be put on the list for a blade or blades you may email me or post to this topic....cheers....Topcat
  6. from a previous post one contributor suggested coco bolo wood was the best? I had mentioned that nylon with moly was better than nylon(it is) I turn all my burnishing pieces to fit dremmel threaded studs with hand ground metal lathe bits. The coco bolo wood turns like bronze and threads equaly well. I made a couple of pieces and put them to work on current projects. WOW no comparison.....coco bolo is by far the best and the results are outstanding. I believe its the oil in the wood and the fact it runs much cooler. My foreman says all the brains can't be in one head and this proves it. A bigger disc on a drill press or whatever works equaly well.....but so much slower....cheers.....Topcat
  7. Here is a tip that is one of the best tools I have ever used. Do you use a utility knife with break off blades? The wide ones are awkward and the thin ones don't seem to cut very well....until you buy the follows blades.....Tajima 30* snap off utility cutter blades.....they are so sharp they will cut you for touching them and go thru leather like butter. I think they work so well because of the 30* angle. Don't buy 60* blades as they are not near as effective. The blades will fit a standard knife but the break off front angle is incorrect and the vendor sell a slick knife that goes along with this blade. Remember 30*. YOU WILL FIND THEM ON EBAY.....try them.....you will never use anything else.....also give them a lot of respect....they are sharper than a razor blade....cheers.....Topcat
  8. I like that thought too! It's the old archer and the bow argument.....it takes both....cheers.....Tocat Try the 1/2 diamond drum sander (Ebay) It will enlighten you and you will never use the sanding drum again....I'll try cocobolo.....topcat
  9. I was having a conversation with a "leather bender" a couple of days ago. He is without a doubt a skilled craftsman......but his ideas are locked in another time and place. He proudly announced that leather benders do not use power tools, dremmels, sanding equipment and sharpen their blades by hand.....WOW! I am a tool and die maker and I use every tool I can find that works and sharpen my blades on a hollow grinder with zero tolerance machine jigs. I thought about this post before posting it and do not wish to arouse the ire of traditionalist leather workers.....but for those of you who want to produce great work without all the hand intensive work.....here are a couple of tips. The 1" upright sander with a Trizact belt in about 60-80 grit will shape your glue joints cleaner than a razor knife and for adjusting curves and rounding corners they are the best. You work from 1 side and then remove the leather burr from the other side and the result is super. Now comes the dremmel tool.....fitted with 1/2 and 3/8 mandrels there are 3 great grinding sleeves available......Trizact......carbide......and last but absolutely best....DIAMOND. This will edge leather, adjust a radius, shape corners....etc and runs cool. Most of this is available on Ebay and Google will find the rest. Shop from home on you computer. If you make you own edge burnishing tools....try nylon that is made with Moly already imbedded (small parts .com).....you won't believe the difference. These are just a few of many ideas available to make you leather working easier and you results better. If you are a tradionalist.....great! Cheers....Topcat
  10. The vacuum forming takes about 3 minutes.....cutting of the tabs 2 minutes. I allow the 2 haves to dry, check the fit, glue and sew. On smooth lined holsters and sheaths the result is awesome. I only use Kangaroo or kipskin linings....no suede....Topcat
  11. My leatherworker name is Topcat and I am new to the site. I cannot find my control panel and would like to upload some photos and check my stats. Please explain.....Tim Name: Tim Cantwell UserName: Topcat IP Address: Email Address: tcantwell@lakecentermarina.com
  12. Yes it is still available! Excellent machine....better yet.....come sew on it. We are very close, about 1 hour on the turnpike. I sent you an email with my cell phone number....call me and we can talk....cheers...Tim
  13. The tabs allow for exact positioning (angle and depth....etc) on pancake type holsters. After I remove tabs, I can cut and form belt slots (all my holsters are hidden belt slot type) then I glue around the gun form for perfect alignment and finnish sew, edge etc. i will send some pictures of the HK 45 compact series I am running now when they are complete
  14. They want 268.00 to box and put on a pallet and 336.00 frt. Seems like a lot, but I have no way to handle it myself. Maybe you can have someone come and get it....I'll help load it etc....let me know....Tim
  15. I will check shipping.....but it must be on a skid and I have to have this done......expensive? I am located in Palm Beach Gardens Fl. It's not much of a drive from Mobile.....just a thought. I'll take cash, money order or a personal check as long as it clears before item is picked up or shipped. We can also do wire transfer? Your choice. If you pick it up you can try it before you buy it. It's setup and ready to sew....thanks...Tim
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