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  1. I know there are literally thousands of years of experience in leather crafting on this forum. I am sure every one of us has developed some small tricks that make the life of a leathercrafter easier and would like to create a thread to collect as many of them as possible. Please post them here, no matter how small or trivial they seem to you. Here are some of mine, there's a picture attached for every one: "Improved Washers" to cut small radiuses As i know, many of you use washers to cut small radiuses. So do i. But i noticed that the ones for countersink screws work better for me, they are easier to hold. Plus, i punched some round pieces out of a rubber sheet and glued them to the bottom side of the washers for better grip on the leather Rubber bands for Spools This one is so obvious, it took me years to find out about it. Its simply keeps them from unravelling and makes it a lot easier to find the ending of the thread. Felt Pens for Stitching Grooves It annoied the hell out of me that i had to re-dye the stitching grooves of dyed pieces. It was messy and time consuming. So i tried some Felt Tip Pens and it just worked out great. As you can see, its not a huge difference, but enough to weaken the contrast between the groove and the rest of the leather. On the finished piece you would notice an undied groove underneath the Thread, but you would not after re-dying it with a felt tip. I guess you could use any waterproof Felt Tips. I use the ones on the picture because the have a huge range of colours (more than 100 iirc). Now i'm excited to hear some tricks from you guys! Thank in advance Schpacko
  2. Hi Guys I am looking for a couple of sets of alphabet stamps, but it seems that every single store in the internet only has the Tandy ones. Do you know a supplier that sells different alphabet stamps? I'm looking for some "nice" ones, not just the plain, Arial-like letters. I would be especially delighted about a set of lower case letter stamps... Thanks a lot in advance Cheers Schpacko
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    Loop Clamp?

    Alright, so i bought one of these Loop Clamps because i thought i knew how they are used. Turns out..... .... i don't Can anyone explain how to use this thing correctly? Thanks in advance Cheers Schpacko
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    Hand Currying Leather

    I was thinking about giving my leather some sort of personal touch and i came across the term "hand curried". Is it possible to curry leather by hand, at home, without some sort of expensive special tools? How is it done? How can learn it? Any books recommended? Cheers Schpacko
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    Quarter Moon Knife

    Hi guys Yeah, it's me again... Can anybody tell me the difference between a quarter moon knife like this and a normal head knife like this: except for the shape, of course I've been cutting my leather with a utility knife so far, but i feel like i need a "real" knife. I know the head knife is much more popular, but i'm kind of drawn towards the other one... I want to use it as an all around knife, for general cutting and skiving purposes. Any tipps? Pro's and Con's?
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    Stainless Steel Buckles

    As i wrote in another Thread, i am having problems with nickel plating rubbing off of plated brass buckles. So, i would like to offer only solid brass and solid stainless steel buckles. Solid Brass is not a problem, i got tons of them. The problem ist the stainless steel ones. I am looking for 1.25- and 1.5 inch buckles. I really dont know why that is, but for some reason i can only find two kinds of stainless steel buckles: roller buckles and rather small buckles (1 inch and smaller). And almost all of them are pretty ugly, compared to the brass ones. 1. Can anyone explain the lack of "pretty", belt-sized, non-roller stainless steel buckles 2. More important: Any sources for "pretty", belt-sized, non-roller stainless steel buckles i haven't found yet? Thank you very much Cheers Schpacko
  7. Hi Guys I am recently having a problem that drives me insane. I dip dye all my stuff with Fiebings Pro Oil Dye that is diluted with denatured alcohol to 40% - 65% of the original strength. This usually works great. But i when i dye thin (around 3 oz) vegtan, it sometimes looks like this (see image). funnily enough, i have never had this problem with the exact same leather in 5 oz or above. Any ideas what the problem is?
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    D-Rings With Screw In Pins

    Hi Guys I am hunting for some nice brass d-rings with screw in pins, just like these They are actually perfect, but 3/4 is too much, i need them around 1/2" or, even better, 5/8". Any suggestions? I tried OTB, but without success. Thanks in advance, Schpacko
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    European Sources For Horsehide

    Hi Guys Any european (UK?) sources for horsehide, preferably Front Quarter Horsehide out there? Thanks in Advance
  10. I am struggling with a task that is actually pretty simple: Rivetting two layers of 4-5oz leather with Double Cap Rivets like this: The Problem is that the male part is usually waaay too long and the result is that the two Caps arent in line. I tried to shorten the post, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesnt. Do you guys have a more reliable technique? Also, are there other rivets i could use? Sure, i could use copper rivets, but often times thats not an option for me for a number of reasons. Other alternatives? Thanks, Cheers
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    Tools Of A Swiss Sattler

    Hi Guys I bought a plough gauge about one year ago. It was in a pretty good condition, there was only one bad thing about it: It didn't cut. I tried to sharpen it, but i guess my nonexistent sharpening skills made it even worse. So, i put it in a box and almost forgot about it, until i stumbled upon this thread. Since Walter is a fellow countryman, i asked him if he wanted to recondition the tool, and he agreed. He found out that the blade has been sharpened over the years to a point where it was just unusable. So, i bought a blanchard blade and below you can see the result. I guess i dont have to tell you which one is before and which one after I can only applaud to Walter's work, he did a great job. The gauge looks just like new. Also, he's a very nice and helpful guy and VERY knowledgeable when it comes to leatherwork. He also offered me a little crash course in sharpening. Since he lives only about 100km away from me, i guess i'm gonna take this offer sooner or later.
  12. Hi guys After a few years of hand stitching, i feel like the time is right to buy a sewing machine. I have read several threads here, trying to figure out a few models i can "hunt" for on ebay, but thats almost impossible for a beginner like me. So i need your help. I have only few requirements: - What i want to sew: Usually two layers of 4-7oz veg tan. If it can handle more, that's great, of course. - When i stitch by hand, i usually use 3 ply or 4 ply linen thread. Ideally, the machine can handle something similar. - Spare parts should be available. Since i am in switzerland, i guess it makes sense to choose a european brand (Adler and Pfaff come to my mind). Here is some of my latest work, maybe that helps: That is all i can say so far. I would be very glad if you could name some models i can keep an eye on and maybe some i should stay away from. If you need more info, just ask. Thanks a lot, cheers Schpacko
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    Small Tricks For The Leatherworker

    Haha, i like that one
  14. Hi Guys What is the toughest, most durable Thread for hand stitching out there that you know? I usually use 18/4 barbour linen thread (beeswaxed before use), but i had some cases of fraying after about 1 year of use (iPhone-cases), which is not acceptable for the level of quality i am going for. I read that some polyester threads are much tougher than linen... can you guys confirm that? Cheers Schpacko
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    Small Tricks For The Leatherworker

    Some very nice inputs so far guys, keep 'em coming and thanks a lot! But this thread would be even better if it had more pictures, some things are pretty hard to describe and even harder to understand
  16. Hi Guys Any ideas where i can find a Swivel Snap Hook like this, made out of solid brass and with an opening for 1 inch (or even better: 1.25 inches) straps?
  17. The only "real" way for me to secure a buckle fold of a belt is to do it like Al Stohlman does in his book about hand stitching. This is a belt i made: I really love the look and i dont want to change the style. BUT... its a real pain in the neck for me and i would love to get some tipps from you guys. Its pretty thick leather, about 15oz and 18/6 linen thread that i use. If i try to do it like Stohlman (Just mark the stitching points and stab through) usually ends in a desaster. Especially on the backside and especially in the area of the keeper loop. Its just too hard to stab through 3 thick layers of leather while trying not to damage the keeper loop. So, i stab all the holes before i start stitching. Its much easier this way, but its still extremely difficult for me. So, any tipps for me? Any tricks to make it easier? Thanks in advance Cheers Schpacko
  18. I made this for myself out of shell cordovan in Color No.8:
  19. Thanks guys. I only know the 24 line snaps, and the snap i used here is smaller than these, so i guess it's similar to the 20 line. The leather is pretty thin, especially in the area of the flap, probably around 2-3oz. The rest of the wallet is 3-4oz.
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    Solid Brass West End Buckle

    I buy mine at leprevo in England. Price and Quality are pretty good:
  21. Thank you, but that's basically the Tandy product line, as far as i can see...
  22. I am using the "midtown buckle" from Tandy for one of my standard dressbelts. Now i got this picture from a costumer. He got the belt for about half a year and it looks like the nickel plating starts to rub off. Is this normal? Can this be avoided? And if not, is there a way to "re-coat" the buckle? Thanks
  23. Okay, thank you. Unfortunately, these buckles aren't really cheap, they're actually rather expensive... Do you guys have some good resources for "nice" stainless steel buckles? For some reason, the only stainless steel buckles i can find are roller buckles.
  24. Awesome. Thank you very much guys.
  25. Hi guys I am using the professional oil dyes from Fiebing. I like them, but i am also a little bit bored of the colours, so i decided to experiment with mixing some of the colours, but it seems like i am not very talented at it Two Recipes that "kinda" worked were 3 parts light brown 1 parts green --> olive green 3 parts light brown 1 part mahagony --> a nice, reddish brown I would love to get a recipe for some sort of grey, but every other recipe is fine as well. Please do note which kind of dye you are using (manufacturer, name, etc) Thanks in advance Cheers Schpacko