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  1. Be careful...It's addicting. As a new knife-maker a few years back, I learned from a Good Friend and Kentucky Knife-maker Daryl Hibben, that NO knife is complete until it has an individual, custom made and fitted leather sheath of equal quality to the knife to go with it. I got hooked and now do more leather work than knife making.
  2. Hi FRODO. Damn that is expensive. It would be $60 in our Canadian funny money at the current exchange rate. I found out from a friend Kentucky that some of the trade schools or high school metal working shops in the States, (that's our Canadian way of referring to you folks south of the Medicine Line), will do this sort of thing either for free or just the cost of materials. He is sending me a 1-5/8 inch round drive punch he had made that way which only cost him $10.00. I have tried to purchase one from various tool making companies down you way and it was going to cost me close to $160.00 Canadian including shipping. Even a used one on ebay was over $100.00.
  3. Hi. I forgot to mention that this also works with the common 1000 lb Arbor Presses with 3/8" Ram hole. Jim
  4. Thanks, they look interesting as a fall-back plan. All the best.
  5. Hello. I came up with this a couple of years ago when my wife gave me a Tandy hand press for Christmas. She saw me drooling over it in a catalogue but did not realize how expensive the setters were for each application. I bought an Xtra set of the hand setters for around $12 Canadian and took them to a local machine shop where I had them shortened and milled to fit the 3/8 inch press as shown in the photo. This cost less than the price of a single purpose Setter from Tandy and provides 5 different options. I have a Heavy duty ball detente handle for 3D stamps that will be adapted the same way. I hope this helps you save some money as it did for me. All the best and stay safe. Jim Ziegler
  6. Thanks Todd, Thanks. I may have lucked out as my Good Friend Daryl Hibben, in Kentucky believes he has one buried somewhere in his shop that he hasn't used in years . Fingers crossed he finds it.
  7. Hi I am looking for a 1-5/8 inch round punch. Preferably in Canada so the shipping isn't more than the Punch.
  8. Hi. I need a round (full circle) round hand punch in 40mm/4cm/1.5 inch dia. for several projects. The ones I have found for conchos are too small in dia. or scalloped. Can anyone provide a source or have an old one they would be willing to sell? Thanks
  9. I've been in Covid isolation too long, being Canadian I thought you wanted a stamp of our Province of NFLD/LABRADOR. Time for a BEER EHH!
  10. Is there anyone who can help with this problem. I live in Southern Ontario Canada and have been trying to order some supplies on-line from Tandy Canada's Mississaugua store. Due to the Pandemic it is not possible for me to drive the 2-1/2 hrs to Toronto as their stores have been closed as Non-essential by our Government. All attempts to do so on-line say my nearest store is in EL PASO TEXAS ! Shipping from the U.S. to Canada is ridiculously expensive even in the best of times, often being more than the purchase price of the item itself. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  11. Hi... I am making a knife and marlin spike for a good friend and would like input into how to incorporate the marlin spike into the sheath. Photo's I have researched show either a secondary surface mounted sheath or an 'edge' mounted cylinder type holder similar to the one in the photo for the fire striker.. I am leaning towards the edge mounted type and would like to know how you account for the extra thickness where it is attached. Any help would be appreciated. Jim Ziegler
  12. Hi. I obtained a Landis 5 in 1 from a friend whose Grandfather and Father ran a shoe repair shop in Canada for going on 60 yrs. It has been in storage for at least 20 yr. I obtained a 1 page exploded parts diagram from Landis Canada but they tell me there is NO users manual, at least they don't have one. Can any members of the forum provide one or let me know where to obtain one. I am hoping to use the Landis in my knife sheath making. Thanks Jim Ziegler
  13. Hello. I tried to include photo's to my reply a year ago but they wouldn't go through as I am an Idiot with computers. Hopefully my photo's make it this time and my previous explanation will be more clear. This works well with all the snaps rivets etc that Professional hand setters and a mallet are meant for. I am awaiting the arrival of the heavy setter for larger 3D stamps to have that milled in the same manner.
  14. Hi. I would go with the Chinese versions available over EBay. I have several different head shapes with both steel and wood handles that are excellent for all purposes. My first choice would be to buy made in Canada,/Britain/U.S but I have not been able to find anything near this quality or price. I have not paid more than $15.00 Canadian with FREE shipping for any of the 4 I have ordered ! It may take a month to get to you but as an Xtra bonus I have never been chargeed any customs or excise tax either. When you consider that Tandy wants over $200.00 for their leather handled "Nuclear" version this is a "NO BRAINER" decision. For shock reduction on the steel handled ones a couple of "dips" into a can of rubber "Dip It" solves the problem and helps with grip also. The quality of the Tandy stamps is going down hill as well as I noted yesterday when I picked up a stamp in a Detroit Tandy. It was a a mistaken purchase of a stamp I already had and when I got home I realized my mistake and when comparing the two the finish on the new one was very poor. Jim
  15. Hopefully these pics come through.
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