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  1. buzzardbait

    Bond Arms Driving Holster

    Very nice, I like the lace.
  2. You are correct and the dye did not change just the name. One big advantage of the Pro dye is that it doesn't dry out the leather and stiffen it like the other dye does.
  3. How To Carve Leather and Craftool Tech Tips by Al Stohlman are both great resource books. These are available from Tandy.
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    Searching for a Power Mallet

    Someone a while back suggested a tool named the Gravermax made by GRS as an alternative.
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    Looking for first Heavy Duty Machine

    Check out the Cobra machines from Leather Machine Co. I have a Cobra Class 4 and love it. I sew Wallets, belts, holsters, purses, sheaths and have even sewn heavy denim for clutch purses on it.
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    Needle Sticking in Leather

    Check the tip of your needle it may have a tiny bend or curl that is catching, if not you may need to give your cement more cure time.
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    Swivel knives for small hands

    Barry King makes a 3/8 diameter knife that is great. I think Leather Wranglers will custom make one for you.
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    Question about holster making

    I have a Cobra Class 4, With the holster plate or the stirrup plate installed you can sew very close. Some designs are easy to sew after molding and some need to be molded after. I prefer to mold after sewing because It is easy to scuff and mark the leather on the machine parts with a pre molded holster.
  9. Looks like an old Craftool Co. 517 They are not easy to find but I see them on E-bay from time to time
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    Camel Saddle Hassock

    beautiful work
  11. proleathercarvers.com is a great place to find the tools you are looking for, they have new and vintage tools and are great to do business with. They have both website and E-bay stores
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    help with barry king tools

    I have a set of his 15 degree bevelers, and a set of his standard bevelers both with a checkered pattern they are all I use now and they are miles ahead of the Craftool Co. ones I was using before. I have several Barry King borders, geometrics,flower centers and basket weaves all are fine quality and leave a great imprint. I have several different swivel knives by other makers and a couple of weeks ago I bought a Barry King knife with a 3/8 barrel and a 1/4 inch angle blade. It is now my favorite , the narrow yoke fits my finger snugly and the small barrel surprisingly is easier on my arthritic hands.
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    Lookee What Followed Me Home Today!

    The Craftool Co. stamps are older than the Craftool USA stamps. The Craftool Co. with a number only were pre 1963 and the ones with a letter prefix and a number were made prior to 1968. They then became Craftool Co. USA and later Craftool USA.
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    Dull Weaver Master Tools Round Knife

    I agree. That edge is too fine for the Weaver knife, The Leather Wranglers knife blade is thicker with a different angle on the edge. I have the weaver knife, I sharpen it on a razor hone and strop it and it cuts like a scalpel.
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    Pre 1963 CRAFTOOL CO. saddle stamps

    Look for the seller yanjieshop on E-Bay. He is in China and has great prices on vintage Craftools. I have ordered from him several times, he ships the next day, and his tool descriptions have been right on. It usually takes about 12 days shipping time,and the shipping is cheaper than U.S. sellers.