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About Tugadude

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    St. Louis, MO
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    Leathercraft, vintage bicycles and my family.

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  1. The black ones suffer from bending of the tines. I don't think that will be nearly as easy on the ones I have. I have bought two sets of what Tandy calls the 2mm Pro irons (the black ones) and they work fine right up until they don't. And they seem to work best with larger thread due to the size of the teeth. The teeth on the ends of the irons bend over time I think because it is nearly impossible to consistently pound squarely down. There will be times when you hammer a bit off-kilter and that shouldn't necessarily result in bending the tines or teeth. The Springfield irons are holding up just fine so far.
  2. I've posted a few times about Tandy's Pro chisels. I like them. The ones I have are the stainless steel ones. The teeth are long and narrow and have a flatter angle than some. I with they were a tad narrower and angled a bit more sharply, but they work well as-is. They call them "Fine Diamond Chisels" now. But my recommendation is if you got decent results from the black irons from Tandy, then give Springfield's diamond chisels a try. They sell them as a set, quite cheaply and I've been extremely happy with them. They are more of the "chunky" diamond shape, but smaller than the black Tandy irons. I think they are a great all-around stitching chisel. I bought the smallest size and have been having good luck with them on wallets, etc. They come out of the leather much easier than the black Tandy irons. These are the ones I mean below: Retail is $34.99 but if you have a wholesale account it drops to $29.99.
  3. And your use of color is very interesting. I'm confident you can create a following with work like that.
  4. Very cool project. Glad you figured out a suitable method. Make sure to post a pic of the finished belt!
  5. Size of hole really depends upon the buckle you're using. Prongs done have any standard size, so you have to adjust the size of holes accordingly. Having said that, the worst look to me is when the holes are too small and they get stretched out of shape. When you move from hole-to-hole the empty holes look awful as a result. So make sure the prong slides freely through the hole. The other thing is to consider a belt template. There are many out there and you can certainly make your own. You can get or make one for both the buckle and the tab ends. Makes things pretty simple.
  6. Glad this was bumped. This is something to strive for. This strap has it all, creativity, execution and utility. Precision is one word that comes to mind.
  7. Understood. Consolidation is a continual thing over here in the U.S. where a lot of companies see acquisition as the quickest route to growing. Sales stagnate so in order to grow, they buy a competitor. Or an allied company. Maybe Abbey is burdened by the headaches that come with acquisitions. Trust me, they are many!
  8. Fair enough. I am just sensitive to criticisms regarding vendors because I've seen some good suppliers disparaged here on the forum. And instead of trying to contact the seller to find out what's up, the customer comes here to vent. Venting is OK, I suppose, but time is best spent trying to fix the problem. If a vendor is becoming undependable they need to know your feelings and how and why it is affecting your business. I can assure you that distributors (I currently work for one, not in leather though) don't want to be out of stock on vital products. Just the opposite. You can't sell from an empty wagon. But supply in all sorts of industries sucks right now. Try finding certain bicycle components! And on and on it goes.
  9. Folks, let's keep in mind that any single transaction is but a snapshot in time. Had other material been ordered, perhaps Abbey would have had all of it. Are we to believe that J. Wood has no "stock-outs"? Maybe you just got lucky? My point is posts such as this really are subjective and aren't necessarily indicative of everyday experience. So are they really helpful?
  10. No, I don't own one. Just posted that to help others. The projects I've smoothed on the back were small enough that I just used my bone folder. But I can see how efficient the glass would be on larger pieces of leather. Better control and consistency too.
  11. Here's a slicker at an affordable price... https://www.goodsjapan.com/leathercraft-glass-slicker-burnisher-for-smoothing-leather-12cm-x-9cm-x-0-8cm_20820_42276?ReferrerID=7
  12. I have bought most of my leather from Springfield and I love doing business with them. They are 3 hours away and in the past, children of mine were at university there so it was easy to pop into their store. Being able to browse was priceless because they have things that just can't be found on their website. Also, the discount sides have some incredible value, but again, it was nice to be able to see them in person in order to pick something appropriate for my needs. Take advantage of the fact Springfield will sell some leather by the square foot. That way you can test it out to see if it is going to work for you without having to invest in a larger piece. They also have bags of remnant leather that might appeal to you. And I second the suggestion to call them. Describe to them what you are looking for and I'm sure they will help steer (no pun intended) you to something appropriate.
  13. I own a Fiskar's rotary cutter and use it regularly. It helps to prevent any stretching while cutting very thin, flexible leather. I wouldn't trade it for any other sort of knife. It just works. Never had any issues with it at all. Mine has the retractable covering which renders it safe for storage.
  14. Invest in a splitter and the thickness is no longer a limitation.
  15. Canonitr said... "This was taken from the internet.. not my edge.." I realize that. I read the post. But if your edge resembles that, which is why you posted it, then there is something wrong. Like I said.
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