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  1. It helps to use light machine oil to lubricate, wipe well so you don't stain the leather. You now know to clear the hole immediately!
  2. I'm going to answer this as a rifleman rather than a leatherworker. As far as I'm concerned, rifle slings come in two kinds, firstly so you can cop out, carrying it from a shoulder, rather than with the proper care and attention it's owed as your lifesaving best buddy, and secondly as a very rigid extension to your skeleton improving your aim 100%. I know it gets heavy after five miles, it's you who's weak, going an extra mile each time means by the time you're doing 25 miles with it you're up to the job. It's that kind of sling which is softened with oil. The other kind, which falls perfectly to wrap my left forearm in a triangle from muzzle-forearm-butt, isn't going to flex or stretch, which means oil isn't really welcome. In this image, you can see the blue sling passing under his hand, over his elbow, behind his upper arm to the butt. I'd think more along the lines of water-stiffened.
  3. I'm good for any chevaline filet d'anvers going.
  4. https://www.youtube.com/user/Cechaflo
  5. Rahere

    Belt sizing

    And don't forget, measure twice, cut once, and if necessary err on the side of too long. It's easier than trying to glue it back on!. You can easily add more holes.
  6. As far as the slider's concerned, it gives a door. Zips don't have to be made up, but are available in parts, the teeth cut from a continuous roll, single-sided end and bridge stoppers, and the slider. Everything's measured from the width of the zipper teeth when engaged, zipped together, but if you want a locking zipper, it pretty much reduces your choice to #5. The teeth are from 2 technologies, toothed and continuous coil, usually called chain: locks need the tooth format, generally. Chain's also weaker.
  7. Tooling chromed and hybrids such as latigo's impossible, because they won't take up water in casing.
  8. I'm thinking vellum. I've handled some 600 years old, and it's still strong. It's lambskin that's been scraped almost transparent.
  9. The problem's one of radius. Imagine it's wrapped around a kebab stick. The lining's a radius of 1mm, the back 2mm. Twice as much back leather has to fit into the same distance, so either it bulges out when the wallet's flat or the lining wants to come inwards when it's folded. It's rarely flat, so go for the closed option. The baclk's going to be longer than the lining - experiment with some cardboard to see what I mean. The secret's not to glue the spine around the fold. Depending on how closely the lining's going to come together (determined by how many cards are in the slots), the wrap may be between 3mm and 1cm, and the back between 5mm and 2 cm. Glue it up folded, but leave those lengths unglued, spaced equally either side of the midpoint.
  10. Rahere

    Belt sizing

    And don't forget the buckle turn-under if needed.
  11. That's why I mentioned iron and alum. In natural dying, it's usual to use a mordant both as preparation and fixative, they were thought to bite into (key) the material for the dye to grop. The truth id the bond chemically, and the dye to that. Another possibility micht be you didn't let the tannins in the nuts release, tbrough too low a temperature.
  12. Try latigo as a halfway house. It's a mixed chrome-veg tan with added fats.
  13. From the size, it's back is a reinforced writing back for a standard-sized restaurant order pad and pen-holder, with a flap-over front containing a currency pouch, likely closed by a light magnetic strip, and various other pockets, for credit cards. That's actually a no-no with my security hat on, never let it out of your sight lest it be cloned. Some seem to have pocket calculators. A security chain to a belt loop is common. We'll have to wait for the OP to define what his needs are more precisely.
  14. USMC would probably use their butts anyway.
  15. Rereading this made me review my definition of hardarse. I mean, I'm a descendant of St Magnus of Orkney, our family became a legend of the Clearances because when the Redcoats tried to drive the Gunns into the sea, we hauled as many as possible into the boats and sailed faster and further than they could march. A day south took us to Newcastle, where we turned collier to London, based out of Great Yarmouth, the halfway point. (you're home twice as often). We have a Navy nickname, and my first training was with the Royal Marines, aged 10. During my time in officer training, I proved unbreakable in interrogation, had no trouble sleeping in the snow, and had a mindset which was very carefully checked through by one of the SAS. Eventually they offered me a job I ghosted on, because I'd discovered what had happened by getting the other side to talk. Silence is golden in some cases. I later showed them how to do it, becoming a legend among the legends - memories of my two year old daughter bouncing on the knee of the guy who invented the flashbang! Precious. Does that make me hardarse? Well, I'm impatient with teenage woofters, candyarses. I passed out top of my Platoon Commanders class at the School of Infantry, having "wiped out" a platoon of gurkhas by precision timing in exercise. I've raised MI5 flags four times, satisfying them every time, the last time so solidly I suspect they know I know. I'm the only spouse ever to meet the Rosenberg interdiction standard. Perhaps I am. But then again, I wouldn't know, would I?
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