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  1. Thought I'd put up a couple of my round knives here in the "Show Off" category. I've been using them as a Maker for over 30-years, and became obsessed with making them myself a few years ago. I made my first one about 18-months ago with influence from everybody from CS Osborne to Danny Marlin, and everybody in-between. I chose to use AEB-L stainless steel for my blades as it was developed for razor blades, and it's got years of successful history. It's been around a LONG time. All of my blades are professionally heat treated by Buck Knives/Bos Heat Treating out in Post Falls, Idaho. The fasteners on these two are stainless steel Loveless bolts designed by the late knifemaker Bob Loveless. Handle material is DymaLux which I've found to be outstanding to work with, and provides a solid weight and density. It finishes nicely, too. Thanks for looking!
  2. Hello all, i have a variety of tools for sale since I will be closing down my leather tool business. Just some of the tools I have for sale are the following; a vintage set of tools put together from odds and ends for 85$ which contains -Vintage C.S. Osborne head knife -vintage coarse grit sharpening stone -bisonette no.0 -vintage Vergez Blanchard plough knife -vintage Japanese euro style paring knife - Auto Awl Then a pair of Pricking Irons both 9 SPI For 65$ one is a vintage J.Dixon slimline iron and the second is a handmade iron by an ex Joseph Dixon Employee has visible grinding and file work on teeth. then for sale I have the following items -vintage C.S. Osborne head knife 38$ (bottom knife on picture -vintage Theo Harrington round knife rare 70$(2nd knife from bottom) -Japanese style skiving knife made from D2 steel has heavy marking from shape being grinded down 50$ -Vintage C.S. Osborne round knife 45$ (2nd from top) - Vintage C.S. Osborne round knife 45$ (top) I have also a very large selection of Wrose, Gomph round knives and other pricking irons and rose wood handle awls. I am willing to accept the best offers on these tools and as an incentive to those who buy I will offer free sharpening to a razor edge and I’ll give some high grade polishing/sharpening compound that we produced in our workshop I ship internationally from my location which is Belgium and I accept payments only through PayPal for which I can provide invoices too. If you have any questions please do ask I’ll be happy to answer!
  3. Hello All, I'd made an impulse purchase years ago on an Al Stohlman round knife from Tandy. Having never used one, I managed the learning curve fairly well, but the constant stropping eventually made me put it down for a long rest. I read somewhere that the blades aren't very good metal, and they're mass produced & poorly made in general. The take away from the post was that they needed to be "thinned" to help them keep a good edge. With the Corona-cation upon us, I've dug out this new/old knife and put it on a whet stone flat with a spray bottle nearby to keep everything nice and wet. I spent an entire day on one side and I've got at least that much more to do to flatten the first side. I've been keeping track of progress with a sharpie. The pits and variation of thickness are vast. I have a fairly large floor mount belt sander. Question: Do I just need a speed reducer to keep the blade from getting too hot? Get this thing flat on both sides and then sharpen, strop and put to use? Suggestions, advice, questions and constructive criticism is welcomed. Thank you for reading. As per Newbie regulations, I reside in Knoxville, TN. I travel for work, so my location Varies.
  4. A couple years ago I bought an Al Stohlman Tandy round knife. It wasn't even close to the condition he describes in his 'Use and Care of Hand Tools' - type book, and I only made it much worse trying to sharpen it by hand. So I built a "Thing". I work in the aerospace industry for a living, so I had a pretty good idea of where I wanted to end up, and knew that I would fall far short of that level working in my garage with hand tools. I used a piece of 2" x 2' x 1/4" angle iron, and put a lot of thought and work into it. I used the Lansky sharpening system idea, basically, working up to their finest stone, and quit (for now) with their leather strop. I originally put this idea up on a 'Facebook' page, and took a lot of flack about it not being perfect, or exactly equal throughout the entire curve of the blade, etc, Some of the people commenting were big names in the sharpening business, and they definitely know what they were talking about. The thing that they didn't get was that I just wanted something that would work for my occasional project, and I leave my pursuit of perfection behind at the company's door when I leave my job in aerospace for the day, and go home to work on stuff. I stole my motto in life from Theodore Roosevelt..."Do what you can, with what you have, where you are". I think it turned out great, because now I can cut caiman tails so fine that when you hold the cut edges together, it's hard to see where you caused the separation. (I haven't been on this site in a long time, so I'm not being rude if I don't respond to questions. I don't have any type of instructions, never made a single drawing, or anything like that. The only important thing that I can tell you is that I did my trigonometry calculations to come up with a 15 degree angle on the blade. Like I said, I have an Al Stohlman knife, but you can customize it to whatever you have. I feel that the key to this device is that it is very repeatable, within a small margin of error. I'm very happy with the results, and figure that I put much less time into making it than I would have spent trying to teach myself the muscle memory necessary to get proficient at sharpening by hand.)
  5. Getting rid of my old junk alongside some new tools to make space in the workshop. I can ship internationally and also give away free samples of waxed linen thread with the tools (as an incentive to help me clear out!) I’m going to sell the pieces individually but would be able to offer a good price if someone wanted multiple tools or the whole lot! If you want more pictures send me an email at atelier9640@gmail.com and I can send you more details. so here goes from left to right; - palosanto edge beveller no.00 used rarely great condition €45 - crimson hides french skiver no.6 €30 -vintage french measuring gage(I think) no numbers or details more for decoration €5 -vintage french XL sized wing dividers €20 -Vintage Peugeot frères wing dividers - €18 - crimson hides edger no1 €25 -(top) C.S.Osborne vintage rosewood adjustable awl handle with tightening wrench stamped Harrison NJ -€35 -No.9 vintage pricking irons no makers mark but apparently made by ex J.Dixon employee €20 -wuta leather edge creaser 1,5mm -€15 - Abbey England adjustable edge creaser €20 -Vintage English made clicker knife with two original blades and one curved €28 -W.rose round knife (top) Needs restoration and blade fixing to handle €42 -W.rose round knife (bottom) needs handle fixing and blade sharpening and restoration -€40 - Vintage gomph round knife. Was broken had one side grinded off and actually survived a fire in my workshop that’s why it has the heat marks all over it. Comes with a gomph handle that has a crack in and needs some restoration too. -€25 Hope you find what you’re looking for here!
  6. Not a leather piece per se... but still, leather-related Lately, in addition to leather work, I've been interested in metal - knife making and such. I have been wanting to buy myself a good round head knife, but was put off by prices - they go for anything from $40-$100. So, I decided to take a stab at it myself. Designed a template in Photoshop, ordered 1084 knife metal, and voila! I was rather proud of my first attempt. Still, I can do better next time. This was a learning experience.
  7. I'm making high quality knives and leather cutting knives (round knives and head-knives) such as below pictures. Blades are from 3 mm 1.4116 steel and their hardness came out 58.5 HRC. Handles are from walnut and they are inlaid with mother of pearl and brass wire figures, bolsters are brass too. I produce different size, shape and steel according to personal desires, so prices change depending on these criteria. To see more product please visit my instagram account "wilddeerknife".
  8. Round knives seem to be very expensive apart from these two which are affordable Does anyone have any experience of either or even the c.s osborne about double the price
  9. Have some round/head knives for sale. They're sharp and ready to use. Prices are plus shipping, which should likely be $8 to $9. I'm only shipping to the U.S. at this time. #1 is a Gomph that measures 4 1/2 inches wide. Blade and ferrule are tight in the handle. $120. #2 is another Gomph. This one measures 4 7/8th inches wide. Blade and ferrule are tight. Someone lightly scratched the name "G.B. Sullivan" in the blade. Also, on that side in the ferrule are stamped the initials J.J.P. $120 #3 is a William Rose that measures 5 1/8th inches wide. Has a crack in the ferrule. Blade and ferrule are tight. $120 #4 is a William Rose that measures about 5 1/16th inches wide. The markings are mostly gone. You can just see the remnants of the "W.Rose" over "West Phila" Markings. Really just enough to tell that's what it is. I bought it believing from the looks of the blade, ferrule, and handle, that it was a Rose. Was pleasantly surprised to find the remnants of the markings while sanding the blade. It has a small crack in the handle, and the blade is a little crooked (by about 2 to 3 degrees) but the blade and ferrule are tight. If you'd like to try a crazy sharp Rose, here's a good opportunity. $85 #5. Here's a very rare Henckels round knife. It measures 4 7/8th inches wide. The ferrule has some movement fore and aft, but the blade is tight. $150 #6 is another Henckels (I've actually managed to acquire 3 Henckels over the years). This one measures 5 1/4th inches wide. The ferrule has some movement. There's also some very very slight movement in the handle. I've never felt it while cutting with it. The letter "W" is stamped on one side of the ferrule. $150 Paul
  10. Hi I just found out I owe the IRS a ton of money and I am looking around my shop for stuff to sell. I never use this knife the blade is 6 inches and it is way too big for me. I can't read the name on it, I know it is old I got it as part of a craigslist purchase years ago from someone selling her grandfather's tools. I don't know what it is worth. It is sharp enough to take hair off your arm. You can email me at lifttek@aol.com. Thanks for looking.
  11. My collection is now complete (as far as I'm concerned for now). I started with the French style head knife over a year ago. Then a forum member sold me the long knife. Now I finally have the curved detail knife. Man what a cutter. Terry Knipschield, if you didn't know, is a custom knife maker. One of the few that build custom leather knives, period. There just aren't many out there. Terry makes a super sharp quality knife. He does a terrific job on every one I have seen, which are these three. It took about 3 months to get my first knife. It took 6 months to get the curved detail knife. And let me tell you right now, the are worth every minute of the wait. Every minute. Mr. Knipschield is a man who has been making knives for over thirty years. But, he is a one man show. He won't sacrifice quality for quantity. He just won't. And that's why I don't mind waiting for his work. I am a hobbyist and can afford the wait, and his prices are overly reasonable to me. Each order I have placed I politely let him know that I was willing to wait and I promised not to pester him. Things happen in small business that consumers just never consider. One man businesses get sick, have to have a day off at least once a month, and sometimes they just need a minute to get back to their bearings. Having been in business before I can totally relate to this scenario. I am very proud to have been blessed with some of Terry's work. Just wanted to share. Thanks.
  12. At the moment Tandy are offering their Al Stohlman Round Knife # 35014 - 00 at a reduced price. In Britain it is currently £35-90 compared to the usual full price of £71-87 Is it worth getting?
  13. An old Rose head knife I picked up for next to nothing. You can see why from the first picture, she was a little rough. That being said I'm a firm believer that if it's beyond repair you may as well try and repair it because it can't get any broker! I know that's not proper but broken won't work and broked ain't a word for that sentence either. The first picture shows the knife as it was when I got it. The second shows the handle removed. It's a 5/32" steel pin for those interested in knowing the pin size. Picture three shows it back together. Picture four is just closer so you can see I did not remove every pit down flush from the blade. It is also not sharpend yet. The inlays are Ivory from a late 1800's piano keyboard they are 3/8" and cover a repair to the handle. The pin holding the blade has been replaced by a 5/32" brass rod. The missing wood around the pin was replaced with epxoy mixed with sanding dust from the handle. The handle is walnut and I chose to repair it rather than replace it. I tried to keed everything as original as I could on this. Total time invested was about four hours. That's actually working on it, not drying time or breaks from sanding out rust pits. I have a lot experience with restoring old woodworking tools and I am a woodworker with all the tools to build whatever I need. I'm saying that because doing this sort of thing can overwhelm folks who are not prepared. It's also not a cheap way to get a tool if you charge an hourly rate for your time. Having to buy all the tools would really make the price jump. I used Ivory key from piano Two 1 x 30 belt sanders 120 through 2000 grit 1 drill press 4 sizes of drill bits Shims and scrap boards to level handle for drilling I 3/8" drill hole punch made from pipe to cut inlays Wet/dry sandpaper from 80 grit to 2000 grit Mineral oil for sandpaper lube Bolt cutter Dremel tool Dremel grinding stones 5/32" brass rod Buffer 4 different buffing wheels with different compound on each wheel Epoxy Bodied linseed oil/varnish/mineral spirits 1/3, 1/3, 1/3 mix Rubber gloves Lots of blue tape on edges ( even dull they cut flesh) Band-aids Safety glasses A bunch of other stuff I forgot Lots of patience The last one is the most important. Stop and leave it alone. Think through the problem and go back to it. I'm working on a few more. Each manufacture did things in their own way. I'm sure over the years the methods vary within the same manufacturer. The Dixon I'm working on has a rosewood handle that is simply driven on the tang. Two brass tacks hold the ferrule on and have caused the wood to split out over the years. You can see that handle in picture three in the background. I'm pointing that out so anyone who wishes to do this will take the time to figure out how to take the one they have apart.
  14. I am essentially giving away these hand tools, caranuba wax, tiger thread, strap cutter, etc. Must take everything pictured. Over $300 total value.You pay $25.00 plus $15.00 shipping and it's yours.
  15. Hello everyone. Long time lurker and first time posting. I had wanted to by a head knife and sort of jumped the gun on this one on eBay. The writting on the blade does not look like any other CS Osborne that I have seen. I'm thinking maybe a fake. Any input will be greatly appreciated.
  16. I have made a couple of sharpening jigs for round knifes before. This is version 3 and so far it works out great. It is not pretty as it was build with very limited tools. For a bit more information go here: http://andersenleather.blogspot.com/2016/08/round-knife-sharpening-jig-version-3.html
  17. For all the tool experts here: I often look around at round knives on eBay and elsewhere on the big bad internet, and often see round knives by CS Osborne, and occasionally other makers marked with an X, XX, or XXX. Does anybody have a clue what, if anything, those marks mean?? Bill
  18. Can anyone identify the maker of this round knife that I bought at the Proleptic sale last year? I love the shape and edge on it, so am curious to know its provenance.
  19. We get a lot of interest on leatherworker.net about the subjects of knifemaking and sharpening. This applies to pretty much all leather edged tools. This forum is here to collect all of this information for use by those who want to know sharp from dull, and from screaming (or bleeding) sharp to just adequate. I will be your forum sponsor and moderator, as such, I am pretty freewheeling, and will participate as much as needed and also as much as possible. We have a lot of well known knifemakers and sheathmakers who lurk in the other forums and who I hope will find a home here. I got into leatherworking because I needed sheaths for my knives; and nobody ever made one for me that I liked. I also got into sharpening when a few of my friends in the food service industry asked me to teach them how to sharpen; it went crazy from there. I was doing that after work and on weekends to the point where I couldn't take on any more work. So come on aboard and ask questions or whatever, help when you can, everyone needs to learn. Art
  20. Hello All, Please help save my Round knife. On the advice a neighbour I sent my Round Knife to have the brass ferule fixed. Please view the image of the result - they have ruined the knife. It is my favourite tool and have been using it for the last 20 years. Is it worth saving or repairing and if so how and where? Ideally UK based but willing to send further afield if needed. I believe that the newer versions of the same knife are not so good in quality (Osborne Round knife). Any advise welcome. #heartbroken! Kindest regards JCUK
  21. Just started cleaning this one up. Got the layer of rust removed and found the name Francis & Ward on the knife. Only information I can find is a little bit on Bruce Johnsons tool site. As you can see she's been used and sharpened quite a bit. Looking for any information on the maker. As always Thanks.
  22. For sale, various saddle making tools. All in very good condition. Priced as listed plus shipping. Message me if interested. 1. Saddler's hammer, CS Osborne. Price $80. 2. Cantle Pincers, CS Osborne, #10 forged, smooth jaws. Price $40. 3. Cantle binding trimmer, Jeremiah Watt's Horse shoe brand, very sharp and ready to use. Price $50 4. Round knife, CS Osborne #70 5" blade, very sharp and ready to use. Price $40 5. Concho cutter, Weaver Master Tools # 65-5001 2", for use with 1 1/2" conchos, makes perfect 2" leather rosettes. Condition is like new in the box. Price $70. 6. Collar Awl, CS Osborne, 10", very sharp and like new condition. Price $20. 7. Heritage draw gauge, cuts straps up to 4" wide. Stainless steel. Like new. Price $20.
  23. Hi there, So I just received this head knife and it has obviously seen some years and could use a little restoration. I was kind of surprised that the knife still had a reasonable edge and it should turn great with a bit of sharpening. I also want to clean and polish the blade to bring the shine back, but I've never restored a tool before and I'm not sure where to start and with what. Can I do this by myself or should I pay to get it done professionally? Another pic:
  24. From the album: A Newbies Progress

    A simple tool carousel that holds all the tools i want close at hand when leatherworking. Its made from a recycled adjustable wooden stool with a rotating seat. The legs were chopped off, then holes cut for the tools. It was bolted in the corner between two perpendicular benches, to allow the spiral shaft to remain, and thus it can still spin and rise/fall as required. A coupke of magnets were embedded in the rear of one leg so my round knife can be stored safely out of the way but remain instantly accesible.

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