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  1. jcuk


    I have the the Texas rosebud only mistake i made was should have got the full fat version the Texas rose. Playing around to day skiving lighter weight leather usually use a english style paring knife found i could better and easier with Terrys knife. JCUK
  2. I was searching for some leather earlier today leather that i don't usually need or use so went to a web-site of a supplier i don't normally use discovered this. It's maybe of interest to some this side of the pond. https://www.aacrack.co.uk/tanneries/wickett-craig.html Hope this helps JCUK
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    Thanks for that i was wondering too. Hopefully everything will being up and running for him sooner rather than later. Fantastic knife i got from him 4 years ago never been near a stone yet. JCUK
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    fire fighter helmet tag

    We all should know by now there is always one. JCUK
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    Making a strop - which leather to use?

    All you need to know is here, https://leatherworker.net/forum/topic/36221-how-to-make-a-strop-for-knives/ Funny enough i have just made myself another strop using pretty much the same method only i used Tandys saddle skirting leather managed to run 4'' width through my pull through splitter and no did not give myself a hernia, just did not try to take to much off in one go, made it a double sided strop.Only i loaded mine the traditional way for saddlers in the uk Hope this helps JCUK
  6. These may help https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbQZt_VduEI https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dej8BH1DFgs Hope this helps JCUK
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    Are expensive whet stones worth it?

    I have a routine with my round knife, before i use it i give it a good strop and at the end of the day no matter if i have cut one strap or a hundred i will strop it again. With any of my cutting tools i strop them before i use them, very rarely sharpen anything on a stone apart from my splitter blade which i sharpen on a stone and strop and polish when ever i feel it not cutting how i know it should. Tools like a Skirt shave/French edger really do need to be sharp to use at best they will mess up your work if dull at worse might mess up the user. JCUK
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    Are expensive whet stones worth it?

    No in the 25 years i have had them must have only used them 25 times. Use my round knife for most things for some lighter leathers i use a clicker knife and yes i find them better than X-acto knives as well. The only thing i use my Stanley knife ( box cutter ) is to cut old stitches out for repairs. JCUK
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    Are expensive whet stones worth it?

    I have a set of X-acto knives that are 25 years old never had to change a blade they are as sharp as the day i got them would you like to know the reason why ? JCUK
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    Headstall lining

    Hello You can use sheep nappa leather, i line with neoprene. I also have lined with patent leather too 0.8mm to 1.2 mm with either leather. Hope this helps JCUK
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    Are expensive whet stones worth it?

    I have 2 round knives would not be without them one is four years old never been near a stone also have a single head knife don't know what make it is cuts as well as the day i got 25 years ago cost £13, think i would have spent more on throw away blades in that time once you get to know how to use one you will know why they are the go to knife for most saddlers/leather workers. Hope this helps JCUK
  12. Should not be a problem just make sure you keep it nice and sharp and keep your free hand behind the cutting edge many saddlers/leatherworker have a healthy respect for this tool. These are my Skirt Shaves/French Edger take a close look at the edges one has chip out of it works fine the older two are Dixon adjustable Skirt Shaves never seen them before so brought them didn't realise they are for right handed people me being a leftie, can get them to work but it looks and feels odd they are great for setting the depth of the amount leather you want to skive. Hope this helps JCUK
  13. No not really its means the leather pulled into a shape over the tree to form the seat until you are happy with it, but it will retain its shape if you remove it from the tree seems for some works better some its just a way you may want to test for your self to see if its works for you. JCUK
  14. I have seen chrome tanned saddle seats block out using luke/tepid warm water with a little bit of washing up liquid in it. Hope this helps JCUK
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    Really confused about glue

    I use this does smell a bit just leave my workshop door open works well. https://www.abbeyengland.com/441-contact-adhesive-490.html Hope this helps JCUK