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  1. Hmm, that might be a good idea. Do you get much in the way of smell? That's sort of the main concern- half the point of leather is that leather smell
  2. Hello all! I just put a few things up online, and already starting to get inquiries. I was thinking that for some of the more common requests, I could cut the shapes out (I don't have a clicker) and just have them ready to go when needed (instead of having to cut each one out each time and ultimately waste leather. My question is- whats the best way to store them so they get protected? Because they're smaller, I was thinking plastic bags? I know to keep them away from oil-tanned types, and out of the sunlight, but I don't want the leather to pick up any spare dye from surfaces that i missed, or get messed up in any way. My concern about the bags is the smell of plastic getting too strong on the leather, since that's definitely an issue with pipe tobacco.
  3. Hello everyone! Been lurking for a bit, but I've been kicking this question around for a while. I just recently bought a round knife and a clicker/industrial knife from SLC. I absolutely love them, thought the round knife is still taking a bit to master properly. I've found that the clicker knife handle is a bit stumpy for me. It does the job, and does it very well (the curved blades are a particular favorite for all around usage (lots of straight cuts in my work). I'd like to find a clicker knife that accepts interchangeable blades, isn't a piece of garbage, and has a longer handle. In the last few days/weeks I've had it, I've been using it pretty much exclusively for cutting so I think it would be wise to invest in one that will last for years and be comfortable. Any suggestions about makers? I like the interchangeable aspect of them, and while I *think* I've gotten my stropping technique to the point where I'm not messing the blade up, having them screw in/screw out is probably better than a fixed blade.
  4. Sorry to bring the topic up this long after the initial post- For what its worth though, Saddleback does in fact use Chrome tanned leather (I think they make it themselves now, but I could be wrong). However, I think oil-tanned is chrome-tanned leather that has been essentially finished again with oil. Not sure about the process exactly, but yeah. I just picked up a side of Springfield Leather's utility side. Its fantastic, and easily comparable to Saddleback's look. I would recommend that if you do order it (and its pretty darn reasonable too, I think I payed 80-100 for the side, off hand), definitely specify a color preference. They'll give you what they have (a downside), but they're pretty good people to work with.
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