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  1. Sorry for the delay in responding, had some technical issues logging on. Tempering can be done in a toaster oven, and makes it easy to hit the proper temp. A file is close to W-1 tool steel - info provided by Nicholson's material guy who has 47 years with them. Heat treating covers austenizing (hardening) , tempering (drawing back), and annealing (softening). Heating past critical temp then quenching will fully harden. Depending on the steel alloy quenching is done with one of the following; air,water,oil. heating to a set temp after hardening will temper it. Tempering helps to reduce brittleness, internal stresses, and creates desired attributes. 1095 steel can go from brittle hard to being a spring with proper tempering. Annealing requires the steel to be heated to a critical temp then cooled verrrrrry slowly, or in the case of some steels at a very controlled rate in a furnace. For leather stamps I wouldn't even bother heat treating since even in a soft state they will be harder than wet leather. Plastic , and even wood has been used for some stamps.
  2. Check with IMA -International Military Antiques. The sell military surplus items, and also sell reproductions. They offer a lot of German items, and the Germans used that pebble grain leather on damned near everything. Black is WWII, brown was WWI.
  3. It also helps if you post your location since someone who is interested may be just down the road.
  4. An friend just made a stitching horse. Turned out pretty nice. It will depend on what items you will be stitching up IE; large, thick, long, small,round,thin, how often, etc.... There is no one perfect answer. For wallets, and purses you will probably have longer runs, so I would probably go with something that is the most comfortable for you to use. Do you have the room for a stand alone stitching horse?
  5. I wonder if citric acid would work, that is also used for passivating stainless..
  6. Divide and conquer! Right down the middle.....
  7. This applies to anything. I have seen guys dump way more into restoring a car than it was worth, but to them it was a worthwhile project. It may be just to see if you can do something,an experiment, or you need something to whittle away the time on. There is no one answer to this query. Each person will have their own reasons to do something like this. Even for me, I have saved/rebuilt/made items that others wouldn't. For some it was just a case of not wanting to see it go to a landfill, others it was a let's see if I can do this project. I see a lot of old dried out saddles that I would consider decorations at best, and others that are so dried out, and warped that they are not even attractive as decorations. If it was just a run of the mill saddle I would probably look at it from a pure cost benefit analysis. Can you get one in better shape for less than the repairs? How much time vs. a little more in cost? Just because the price is right it doesn't make it a good project to sink time,or money into.
  8. I am a tool maker for a machine shop, and cars are one of my hobbies.
  9. The equipment to do it by reverse plating isn't that hard to come by. A rock tumbler will also do it, but that will take awhile.
  10. Your local city hall will have all of that info available. Have you looked to see if they have it on a website? You will have to deal with them when you go to get your business license, so asking them directly is best. You will also need to contact the state in regards to the franchise tax board, IE; resale card.
  11. Make one. You can use big conduit, tubing, or thin wall pipe to do it. Taper the cutting edge from the outside to the middle, and use some end grain wood to punch into.
  12. You may be surprised how many lathes are around you. Put the word out that you need something turned, and you may have someone close who could do it for you. Hell, shoot me a sketch,and I will make them. They will only take a few minutes to knock them out.
  13. Would a larger diameter be easier to grip?
  14. What is you exact problem - holding the stamps, or using the mallet/maul?
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