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NDphung

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  1. I want to throw in another option Meisi Xiange thread. It looks pretty good and waxed. It is very close to Vinymo. My personal likes and observation: Colors on Vinymo more vibrant and shiny (if you wax it before stitching, it will dull the color a litte bit). The MEISI Xiange is closer to Vinymo than Ritza, not as shiny as Vinymo and less waxy than Ritza. The Xiange looks as good to me as the Vinymo. One thing I like is the cute bobbin they come in if you order small quantity that bobbin design is really nice and fits well in my tackle box. This has nothing to do with the end result. The Vinymo green spool contains the same 100 m thread as the grey Meisi spool even if it is almost twice the size (Far Left is RML 40m Ritza and in the middle is DLS 60m spool). It is almost like Toyota and Honda, you will not go wrong with any of the three choices. There are differences but you just need to try them out and decide what pleases you most personally.
  2. I am not sure but I thought Sinabroks was South Korean (they may have move to Japan?). I don't have that much experience but I am cheap so did a few research before buying my Irons/Chisels. Lonsdale used to have free shipping within Canada for 150$CAN and above they may have changed with the inflation. They seem to have the cheapest price on Tokonole 120ml.
  3. Hi, Mike, may I ask which Saphir Medaille d'or cream you use, the Nappa or the Renovateur. I found that when I used on my small Pueblo test piece it darkens and smooth out the slightly texture of Pueblo (On Buttero, English Bridle or any shiny leather it doesn't do that) which kind of defeat my main appreciation of this leather. Thanks for your help
  4. Now that is a real Canadian. . I really like that material the only downside is the small surface.
  5. Wow you went with pretty nice stuff. Wow! those are nice irons. From what I read the 1-prong iron is not as useful as the rest. 2-prong is useful in curves. I would go for a 10-prong instead of 8-prong to help in long stitch line. Have you look at Kevin Lee irons. I heard it is very good also and not too expensive. Lonsdale leather in Vancouver used to carry Sinabroks they have free shipping. The diameter of the tooth is 2.2 mm vs KS Blade at 1.8 mm. Rocky Mountain has their own brand at 2 and 9 tooth combination for 99$ US dollar which I think is a great deal. They don't make 4.0mm, 3.85 is their lowest SPI. I have them and I am pretty happy with them. Their listed diameter is 1.7mm. There are so many out there now. Sinabroks, KS Blade, Doldokki, Crimson Hides, Junlin, Kevin Lee, Beagle, Wuta.
  6. Is it like leather, 60% belly (cheap). Do restaurant advertise 100% shoulder. Kind of dry.
  7. Another story to support. I made and gave a nice Pueblo leather passport cover to an Indian friend. While savouring her goat curry, I almost fell off my chair profusely apologizing for my insensitivity and my stupidity. I forgot that cow are sacred for many Hindus, so I need to take it back and make a better one. I was thinking of a shell cordovan outer shell and a French goat inners pocket. However, my thoughts went beyond and I was looking for an alternative to satisfy the growing and evolving demand. Nothing wrong with respecting client's wishes. I love Bacon and Ham but I would not serve them to my Jewish and Muslim friend.
  8. Here is the strength chart and color of Vinymo MBT . https://nagai--yoriito-com.translate.goog/eng/pages/33/?_x_tr_sl=ja&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc
  9. Ellen at leatherworking school has a relatively informative document comparing the different threads option Mainly Ritza Tiger, Vinymo, Meisi, and Fil au Chinois (Toulemonde). It is all a matter of taste. My personal opinion (take it with a grain of salt) is since you are doing Holster and knife sheath and pouches, I would stick with the flat Tiger thread it is more robust looking more earthy, rustic looking color and comes pre-waxed. Vinymo is round not waxed but the colours are more vivid I like doing small wallet and passport cover and find that Ritza looks really chunky compare to Vinymo even the #5 vs Tiger .6 and #8 is even thinner. I have not try Meisi yet but hopefully soon. As far as supplier goes DLS sell Vinymo (order a roll they are cheaper than Ritza and order the color guide they have so many colors). Leatherwork School carry Meisi. I would really want to know about WUTA thread but nobody seems to use it.
  10. Now that I think about it WUTA thread seems almost like Rocky Mountain Twist.
  11. Hi, have you ever try WUTA thread? I saw it advertise for 112$ for 23 colors. That looks like a wicked deal.
  12. Can you tell me what kind of thread and size you are using. Is the thread waxed?. and the needle? Thanks for the help. Does your thread ever slide off the needle if not what kind of thread and size you are using? Is it waxed? Personally I always pull the thread down on the slanted hole and goes on top with the other needle. Less piercing of the thread.
  13. I tried not locking thread on my needle. You are right I kind of manage with Tiger Thread which is very waxed, but when I switched to Vinymo thread it was frustrating because my thread kept sliding off. It somehow manage to slide off after piercing twice but that was a long stitch line.
  14. I am still fairly new but like to like try out different products. I like to make passport Holder and wallet. The Vinymo will goes well with a colorful Italian Veg Tan leather. But if I am making something more subdue and traditional with Wickett and Craig leather, I would use Tiger. If I will make bags anything above .8mm I will go with Tiger. it seems more robust. I once saw a strength chart for Vinymo but I forgot where. You need also test with the teeth spacing of the iron/chisel you use.
  15. I just tried Vinymo myself and like both depending on your taste. I found Vinymo MBT more "delicate' round sophisticated which will not match well with knife sheath etc. Tiger has a flat more robust look. It is a matter of personal taste. My wife likes Tiger thread better (Western farm Girl), I like Vinymo better (Eastern Urban boy). After hammering Vinymo will not be as flat as Tiger, it flattens out but reveal the individual strand while as you know Tiger is just flat. I like to use Vinymo #8 and #5 which is thinner than the 0.6 Tiger. By spec the #5 is equivalent to .6 but I have both and found that the Vinymo looks thinner. I have not used Vinymo #1 or #0 but I have the Vinymo guide and the Ritza .8 looks way thicker than #1 almost as thick as #0. Vinymo has a shinier color and Tiger has more natural earthy color. So it all depends on the type of leather you use, the type of look you want to achieve and your personal taste. Order a few small roll (DSL sell them) they are not expensive. Order the guide also since they have so many colors unlike Tiger which I made my own guide.
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