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  1. aaronthearcher

    Dixon pricking irons

    Dixon pricking irons made in England. I don’t know how old they are I purchased from a shop going out of business (owner is 96) they are not made any more they are stamped England and the spi number sets of 4 5 6 and 7 spi they are hand made I just found I prefer Japanese style irons. Shoot me an email hidegear1 (at) would like to sell all at once but might be willing to sell in spi sets
  2. LeoHachi

    Dixon pricking

    I love a European pricking chisel, especially among them J.Dixon. I'm trying to collect them. I want to buy or exchange what I have to own it. Please tell me if you want to sell them.
  3. Selling my #9 Vergez Blanchard Pricking Iron Set with 10 and 2 tooth irons. Purchased in October 2014 from Aaron at RM Leatherworking. Current price from RMLeatherworking is $249. These have been used on one Kangaroo wallet and one Perlinger notebook cover. I am in process of switching to Doldokki tools and would like someone to get use out of these great tools. Price Shipped and insured to the US by US Priority Mail is $200. Thanks for looking and have a great holiday! Kevin
  4. For sale: KS Blade Punch Pricking Irons Set #9 Set (2 and 10 tooth) - 3.00mm between teeth 8.5 stitches per inch purchased from Rocky Mountain Leather for $180. sampled them, but haven't used them in any significant way. $150, free shipping within continental US.
  5. Selling two sets of KS Blade pricking/stitching irons. These irons are designed to go all the way through the leather. Both sets were purchased new by me in December 2017 and are in great condition. I have # 7 (3.85mm) two piece set with a 2-tooth and a 8-tooth iron. I also have a #8 (3.38mm) two piece set with a 2-tooth and a 9-tooth iron. Finally, I have a 1-tooth iron (1.8mm) that has the same tooth size and KS's #5 - # 8 irons. The #7 set sells new for $160, the #8 sets sell new for $170, and the 1-tooth sells new for $35. New prices are from Rocky Mountain Leather Supply. Asking $250 for all. Individual prices are $120 per set and $20 for the 1-tooth. Willing to trade for the following: Blanchard in #7 / #9 sets, Doldokki Pricking or Diamond Stitching in #7 / #9 sets, Crimson Hides #7 / #9 sets.
  6. mike02130

    Stitching Iron

    I've been working leather for about six months. All my learning is from YouTube, books and trial and error. I think I may be to the point where my stupid questions may be formulated as not to be as stupid as they wouldve been six months ago. My questions and thoughts concern stitching irons/chisels, the ones that are multi tined and are used to punch holes through leather to sew without useing an awl. 1, My first tool was a Craftool brand 3 mm 4 prong. I wanted more of an assortment--and not caring for the Craftool--I bought a set of four Aiskaer White Steel 4mm Diamond Lacing Stitching Chisels for 12 bucks. When the two brands are placed point to point the tines are identically spaced. What gives? I wonder if the Chinese Aiskers are wrongly described and are actually 3mm? How are these measured and are there different methods of measuring? Most seem to be sold stating the size in millimeters. I see a few brands that state the stitches per inch (SPI) which seems to make more sense to me. 2, Does one match the chisel or thread to the thickness of leather or to the amount of desired spacing between stitches, or, to the thickness of thread? I would think the thinner the leather the closer the spacing and thinner the thread and hole? 3, European vs American. I often hear folks referring to American style as being bulky. From what I gather they mean that useing a stitching iron results in a bigger hole than a pricking iron and awl? 4, I watched some of Nigel's videos and bought a couple of KS Blades pricking irons. Not having the experience or knowledge of the tools I really don't know what I have or how or when to use them. I've used them a few times but the tool make such a narrow slit that I often need to use an awl to open it up. Maybe it's because of my lack of experience but I don't care for them. Are the KS tools for thinner thread or leather? How, why and when should they be used? 5, I usually use 4-8 ounce leather and 1mm thread and an appropriate sized needle. I would like to start making hand bags and wallets using thinner leather. What size hole making tool and thread is recommended? Here is an example of the Craft Tool, Aiskaer and KS Blades. I prefer the middle line made by the Aisker. Like Goldilocks picking the bed not too soft not too hard. Thank you very much.
  7. YinTx

    European Style Pricking Irons

    I am looking for some used European style pricking irons, 7 stitches/inch and 10 stitches per inch, not too particular on which, and would consider other sizes if the price is right. If you are looking for other tools or leather, perhaps we could work a trade. (I have caimen, ostrich pieces, veg tan, chrome tan, many tools) PM me if you have some you would like to be rid of! YinTx
  8. I need some advice. I'm kicking myself. A year or two ago I bought a Dixon 8spi pricking iron. 9 teeth. I don't have much free time, so I've practiced marking and stitching with it. Originally--being cheap-- I thought I could try the tilted heel punching technique to navigate corners. I should have bought the 2-tooth 8 dpi iron. With the demise of Dixon tools I feel stuck. My question can I purchase a Blanchard 8 spi 2tooth iron and expect to get on with life or are they not too interchangeable?
  9. Calling all saddle-stitching gurus, I realize that when it comes to the balance of TPI, thread weight, technique there is a lot of grey area, but of course there are some hard-fast rules. Here's where I'm a little lost: I know part of this depends on the quality of the pricking iron, but when can and can't you just punch all the way through the leather and not use an awl? My understanding is that theoretically the iron is meant to mark the stitch and your awl provides just a big enough hole that your thread can pass through, but then allow the leather to neatly "close up" around the stitch. When is this pertinent? Is it based on leather weight and type (veg tan/bridle vs. something soft and pliable)? I attached a photo of a simple iPhone clutch I made using a Tandy pricking iron (7 TPI) and .8mm Tiger Thread on Horween CXL Horse Strip. I mean, it looks pretty sharp to me, but maybe one of you can offer a critique that I'm not seeing. I have just ordered a couple Vergez Blanchard pricking irons (9 TPI) for when I start sewing up kangaroo or exclusively horse front leather goods. I know that these exquisite tools will create a finer hole for stitching, but, is it enough just to have a highend iron or should I get over myself and discipline myself on an awl? Lol. I do aim to produce high-end, extremely durable goods. I tend to value quality of construction/function a little more than aesthetics. Thanks in advance for any constructive criticism and ideas! Laura
  10. Booshwah

    Thread Vs. Hole Size

    Hi, I believe this is my first post, exciting! I am a pure hobbyist putting in hours on leather projects when I'm not to tired from work and kids and whatnot. Based in Sweden, btw. My question is if anyone of you leather gurus here have any good tips on how I should think when I combine stitch length and thread size (and leather thickness)? Every time I think I have figured out what will look good, it often doesn't turn out the way I want. Are there any general rules? I'm starting to think I should move towards pricking iron and awl, even though that's more expensive equipment and more difficult to do... Cheers, Anders
  11. Hello Everyone, Here i listed my favorite tools that i've been using for most of my project and have served me well and never disappoint me, A Vergez Blanchard 7 spi, 8 teeth, i'm polishing it twice a month and only shows a little usage, original packaging is still available and intact. I wish to sell it because i'm in some sort of economical problem and wish to settle things down first, attached is some images and some samples... Griffe a Frapper a Dents No. 7, 8 Dents Number 7 (Seven Teeth per Inch), Ten Teeth 1 1/2" width from first to last tooth 5 1/2" length point n° 07 = 3,85 mm increment I'm asking for $120 excluding shipping.. Item will be sent from Indonesia with international registered airmail from my post office... Shipping would normally takes 2-4 weeks depending on locations and weather... Thank you very much! Items will be shipped 1 business day after payment received. I prefer paypal or western union... But willing to accept other method as well.. If you have any question regarding this item, please feel free to contact me, Sorry for my bad english, Thank you very much!
  12. Hey guys, i just need some reassurance here.... I placed an order of 2 sets of irons with the dents inversee directly from philippe, the sales rep from VB, more than a week ago and have already tele-transferred the money. But i'm yet to receive an order nor shipping confirmation. I have been sending them emails but no reply yet.... is it something they normally do or are they having holidays or something? i'm starting to get worried now. : [
  13. Hey guys, I want to get more into handstitching, especially on bag handles.. Right now my handstitching doesn't look great. I've heard there are some pricking or stitching irons that you can use to punch the holes as well (as opposed to marking the leather then using an awl). I have a set which I've been using like that, but the holes don't look as clean as I'd like.. Does anyone have a recommendation for some pricking irons that would work for punching clean holes? Affordable is a plus! I'd love to know what you expert stitchers are using.. Thanks!
  14. AnnaG

    Wtb Leather Tools

    I am a beginner leather worker LOOKING TO BUY tools. I need almost everything and figure second hand would be the best place to look first so I can put more money towards leather and hardware :D I am looking for: Stitching awl Scratch awl Skiver Saddler's Groover Edge Beveler Stitching Iron, 6 stitches per inch Stitching Iron or Overstitcher Size 8 (8-9 stitches per inch, fine stitching) Strap End Punches Rivet Setter Grommet / Eyelet Setter(s) Edger Tool Mallet / Maul Hole Punch(s) Oval Punch(s) Dye(s) Saddle / handstitching books or pattern books I would also be interested in leather! I'd like to find some latigo or perhaps harness leather. I am located in the US. Please PM or e-mail me at with prices. I will update here as I gather tools.
  15. CalSheaths

    Dixon Pricking Iron Grind

    I purchased my first Dixon pricking iron - 6SPI, 1 inch - two months ago. I noticed that the prongs are not centered. I was told by the distributor that this is how they are designed. When I held the iron perpendicular, it flew out of my hand when I struck it. My other irons (Blanchard, Seiwa) are symmetrical. My questions: Why does Dixon grind them this way? Is there a special technique for using them?
  16. Hello Folks, I need a bit of help for my next video. I'm planning on doing a tool review on Pricking Irons available today. I'd like as many irons that I can lay me hands on so I can give as balanced a review as possible. I will cover quality, purpose, availability and suitability of each make of iron. I am not beholden to any company so the review will be honest. I have accumulated a nice range of pricking iron over the years. I tend to use Joseph Dixons as they are the most available here in the UK. I have recently been sent a number of the Japanese and the Chinese irons very popular on eBay. However... I am missing Vergez Blanchard irons. I looked at the site and can buy a set new, but the cost is a bit extreme just for a video. Therefore, I am on the scrounge! Has anyone got a set of 11's for sale or loan? Ideally I'd like a set of 11's to show off the finer stitch. As best as I can work out, the 11's give the closest stitch to 10 stitches per inch. I'd like an 11-2 which is the two prong and an 11-12 or 12+. 12 making the iron 1 inch wide so anything bigger than an inch, preferably 1 1/2 inches. If you have something to suit but in different sizes, let me know anyway, the size will not be a huge issue. I have access to an Osborne iron, with this, the Dixons and the Asian irons I think I will be able to cover what is available pretty much everywhere. If you are aware of a make of pricking irons I haven't mentioned please let me know. If you are in the process of making or know someone who is making pricking irons or are able to do so and can send me prototypes... email me! I am willing to buy the irons but as they are for the video, I'd rather not break the bank. If you have a set you are willing to loan me, I will cover shipping, or if you want something making in trade, let me know. If you have a blunt or damaged iron you want fixing or don't want anymore, send it to me. I intend to include pricking iron sharpening in the video as well. The video will be free, with as much information included as I can get in. Any help or information... or irons you can let me have would be gratefully received and hopefully go towards helping may people in the craft.
  17. hi, beginner here and I recently started saddle stitching w vergez blanchard tools and I use cheaper remnant leathers to practice and they never come in thin quality sizes, although I use a skiving knife to thin the thick edges, usually I deal w leather where my pricking tool wont help to leave/ marks on the back side, is using REVERSE / INVERSE PRICKING IRON which i recently found on vergez tools website, is it for this purpose? /also do you know which pricking size hermes uses usually? no. 10 or 9 please? / thank you!
  18. studawg03

    Pricking Irons

    I was wondering if anyone had a preference between Dixon pricking irons and The Blanchard pricking irons. Is it worth the extra money for the Blanchard ones over the Dixon models? I am stitching with 3 cord Barbour linen thread and was debating between a 9 or 10 TPI tool. Any thoughts would be wonderful and much appreciated.
  19. Does anyone know a good sharpening company in the UK who can sharpen pricking irons? I rather stupidly wacked one of mine several times into a piece of iroko wood; now the teeth feel a little dull. It's not a Dixon one so I don't think they'd deal with it. Cheers ! Edd
  20. I have four pricking irons up for grabs. 1, 1 1/2inch 7 Stitches per inch, £50 2, 1 1/2inch 8 Stitches per inch, £50 3, 1inch 7 Stitches per inch £40 4, 1inch 8 Stitches per inch £40 All used but still in perfect working order. These are the standard irons. Postage and PP fees all included. If you want all 4, yours for £200... or £160... You choose! I also have a No 9 SPI Dixons overstitch wheel, as new, £40, a No 5 SPI Dixons overstitch wheel, as new £40. Finally... A Dixon Compass Racer, as new! £40 Sensible offers considered, combined discount, and ill ship worldwide but shipping fees will apply. If you wand the lot, £250 saving you £50. For that, I'll cover shipping worldwide. Nige
  21. Hi , I have problem doing the square corner with #10 Vergez Blanchard's pricking iron. The stitch of the square is not good. Please see the attached photo which shows the way I mark the square corner. Any tips? Chris
  22. Hey all, So I'm a new leatherworker, just getting into everything, buying all the tools and what not. I have another question (there seems to be many topics about this) about overstitchers and pricking irons. I am very into using the right tools for what I am working on. Where do I get a quality, but only moderately expensive, pricking iron?! It seems to me that some people sell pricking irons and diamond stitching chisels to be the same thing. Are they not two different tools? I am interested in buying a pricking iron that marks "/////". These markings will then be pushed through by a sewing awl. I do not want to "punch holes in a precise diamond shape" (excerpt of above link). If this not possible for a moderate price, I think I have seen overstitch wheels that mark a 45 degree line (again, '//////'). Can anyone point me in the right direction or straight up tell me "buy this one."? Sorry for the rant Tyler