centerisl

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  1. I asked this over in a leatherrefinishing forum and got a formula response to purchase a $215 sponsor kit. I just purchased this chair, at first thought it was soiling, seller said the finish was worn, but I think what happened is that someone wiped the headrest with a solvent. Note that the finish is intact into the folds.And I'm really lazy here - I don't want to spend more than 15 minutes "fixing" this - is there a quick coating I can put on this? I was thinking that it might simply be lacquer, and I see posts about Resolene and Leather Sheen - what would happen if I just wiped this on this spot?
  2. This really stopped me cold. I run Windows 10 on most of my machines, and I usually don't bother to change the default settings. Which means I get random Bing images on my "lock" screen. Many of them are beautiful and interesting things that occur in nature - but from a different perspective that makes you stop and look. And the today I had this one (I dropped the resolution - it was much larger). I'm new to this world, but hey, I actually KNOW what's going on here! Wierd, huh? :
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    Ebay Purchase Of Clyde Round Knife - How Did I Do?

    Thanks for those Shapleigh images. How large is the larger one? Were sheaths commonly supplied with this kind of knife? I note that the <DE> logo on the small one does not match their logo and those letters look like a common set of stamps I've seen, so I'm wondering if this was typically left to the buyer (who was, obviously, a leather worker). Shapleigh ceased operations around 1960, but Clyde continued at least through the Vietnam war (found a 1964 pastry knife on Etsy)
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    Ebay Purchase Of Clyde Round Knife - How Did I Do?

    Thank you Bruce for the additional insight on these knives - I appreciate your response and willingness to add to the knowledge of used/vintage tools. A "nice" knife for a fair price - that's exactly what I was looking for. I've seen quite a few posts on this forum from newbies in the same position - trying to intelligently choose among all the same choices (Tandy, Chinese, Ebay, high-end) and paralyzed at making a "mistake". So I figured a thread that outlined my thought process could be useful. Almost 100 people have viewed my original message, so I'm assuming that someone would have pointed out any obvious "mistake" by now.
  5. New member here. Longtime woodworker, new to leather, my second project will be a belt for my 3yo grandson. I read a few threads here trying to get up to speed on tools, and yesterday I pulled the trigger on this well used Clyde round knife (pictures below). I have Stohlman's "Leathercraft tools" book where I read his opinions, and read here about (and rejected) the Stohlman "stainless" knife. I looked at the Bruce Johnson vintage knives. I learned that new CSO knives (like the 70) weren't as highly regarded as the old ones. And the lusted after knives were in the $200 range - a little rich for me at this point. So I bought this Clyde. Not much on the forums about this maker, but Bruce said several nice things. No apparent issues with modern offshore copies. It's a slight bit larger at 5.25" than Stohlman's recommended 4.5". My only concern was the rough polishing that seems to have erased most of the maker's mark. The Ebay seller was solid, and the collection he was selling included mostly CSO plus a Dixon groover, all tools look well cared for, and all tools came with some forum of edge protection (this one with a sheath). $65.95 including shipping. So how did I do? I'm betting everyone here has bought something like this on Ebay - and there were more than a dozen watchers for this item and a few are probably on this thread. But I know very little about leather tools, so I'd love to hear the collective wisdom of this forum. Don't worry about hurting my feelings. Edit: I have a Tormek so I can easily sharpen this knife.
  6. That's a good looking tool - at least the working end. Was that $80 delivered? I'm a bit curious - and I know almost nothing about leather stitching - did you stitch that by hand? It looks very even - I would almost say machine-like.
  7. Thank you for your response! I was actually surprised how few of my woodworking tools would be used in leather work. The only that seems directly useful would be my Tormek sharpening system. But I also have some tools for doing canvas work on my boat - a Pfaff 545 with servo-motor, the green (Chinese) QJ gromet hand press, and a Hoover Press-N-Snap - and those look directly usable. Especially since my first project is going to be a belt for my 3yo grandson. Oh, and I already have a strap cutter. So...the takeaway I get from your post is...I really have to piece-meal a collection. I'm resigned to that, but I would really have preferred to not have to do that much research. My first eBay leather tool arrived today - a 12 piece (Chinese) hollow leather punch set (1/8" to 3/4") that I paid $14.95 for on Saturday. "High Carbon steel", "Hardness: 48HRC". Looking at the edges through a 4x loupe...they aren't very good. So I can chuck all except the 3/4" into my Steel City (Chinese) drill press and dress them up with my Harbor Freight (guess the origin) mill files. And maybe a stone. Sigh. Edit: maybe I can chuck them into a hand drill and use the Tormek? On a positive note I see that @krominix has posted a positive experience report on the "high quality" tools.
  8. I'm new to this forum and leather craft in general (I'm more of a woodworker), and since I'm looking at buying some tools I read through this entire thread. 9 months and, as far as I can tell, not one person has received a single tool. But clearly lots of interest by forum members. I see quite a few eBay auctions with old random sets of Craftools go for $5 per tool. And I see the eBay listings for Chinese new tools (particularly thinking about bevelers and edgers) in the $2 to $5 range. Tandy tools are in the $20 range, smaller brands seem to start at $50 and go much higher. Frankly I'm stuck. I don't want to buy poor quality tools, but I don't want to drop $500 initially either.