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  1. Thanks Bruce. That was kind of where I was leaning. I just needed the push to just spend the money and be done with it. I ended up ordering the Weaver 4 ton Mighty Wonder. I should have it at the beginning of next week. I'll try to write up something on the delivery and set up experience for the people here who are curious.
  2. Ok, I'm finally going to take the plunge and buy a purpose built clicker press. For a number of years I have been making do with a kludged hydraulic bench press setup, but I'm finally well sick of fiddling with it. Now the question is, do I save some money and go with one of the 1 .5 ton Chinese models, spend double on a Tandy Craftool Pro, or open my wallet and get one of the solid manual presses like the Weaver / CB-8360. I know the cheaper options are limited because of the width of leather you can get through their throat, but it's a pretty good price difference. I currently don't have any larger clicker dies that wouldn't fit in the smaller presses. Eventually I'd like to click some larger bag pieces, but that's a ways off. I'm stuck on saving some cash now and possibly trading up later, or going for one of the big names now. What would you all do?
  3. Yep, been there, done that. If you haven't bled on a project, your probably not working enough. Those finger cuts aren't as bad as head wounds, but they can still bleed pretty good. Always take the time to put blades down when not in use. Especially when your in a rush.
  4. HDPE plastic sheets.. Between a 1/ 4th to an inch thick works great.
  5. I've cut up to 6oz with them. Getting up into skirting leather 10+ oz might be too thick to fit under the guard.
  6. I'll second the recommendation for the Skil rotary cutter or a similar powered rotary tool. I have pretty shaky hands due to Cerebral Palsy, so I have trouble with long straight cuts. You can't do anything fancy with a power cutter, but they are great for zipping through big straight cuts. The combo of clicker dies and a bench top shop press is also a great idea for parts that you cut a lot of. Any part that I plan to make more than a hand full of, I will spend the money to get a cutting die made.
  7. Hi Ray,

    If they haven't sold yet, I would be interested in your collection of mallet dies, and the Fiebings / Pro Stains. I'm in Boston (02128), so shipping shouldn't be too bad. Though I have bought clicker die collections from other members on here before, so I know the cost can put some people off. 


    1. Doc Reaper

      Doc Reaper

      I'm interested, I could use a couple of good clickers call 980-621-5851 let's work this out, I'm in North Carolina

  8. gum trag works. There is also a synthetic gum trag alternative which the Japanese leather site sell. That's great too. The one thing to keep in mind is that if the flesh side of your leather is fuzzy, there is only so much you can do to slick it down. That's one factor which determines what grade of leather you have. Even a decent B grade side should have an ok flesh side.
  9. Depends on the type of tanning. Veg-Tan / tooling leather like Herman Oak will dye. Other types of tannings can have that color and somewhat similar feel, but the glaze / waxes / oils in the leather would prevent dying.
  10. The characteristics of belly leather that people do not like is that it is soft and stretchy. This makes it fine for some styles of bags and pocket items where some give won't hurt. What I love it for is wet molding, possibles pouches, other molded cases, and masks.
  11. Try Waterhouse Leather. They carry 2-3oz veg tan, what they call calfskin kip. www.waterhouseleather.com
  12. Have you tried e-mailing Steve at GoodsJapan. He's been great about getting back to me the few times I've gotten in touch with him. He might be able to give you some info about what's up with the brand. Another option might be Rocky Mountan Leather Supply. They seem to have them in stock sold in full sets. http://www.rmleathersupply.com/products/kyoshin-elle-diamond-punches-sets Though I havn't bought from them before, so I can't vouch for the company. Otherwise, LeatherMob or one of the other Hong Kong suppliers may be your best option. The older distinctive Kyoshin Elle style tools might be out of manufacuring or something though. I'm seeing a lot of tools advertised as Kyoshin Elle, but the pictures look a lot like Seiwa tools to me.
  13. Goods Japan is pretty quick usually. Unfortunately, they are the only English language Seiwa dealer I'm aware of.
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