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  1. 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
  2. Just read on Leatherworkwer uk that guy has received a email from Tandy to say they are closing the shop in June and will only operate online sales after that
  3. Andre

    Craft Stamps for Sale

    I have about 60 different types of old and discontinued Midas and Tandy Craft stamps for sale. Can I post them here?
  4. Ed in Tx

    New Tandy Pricing Rollout

    I got an email today from Tandy announcing the rollout of their new pricing model. I am no fan of Tandy primarily due to the ridiculous pricing they have had and the requirement to buy an annual membership. I decided to check out their claims of lower prices and much to my amazement they have indeed reduced their prices to almost reasonable levels. Personally I still think the prices for the veg tan tooling leather they sell are too high considering the quality of what you get but they are a big improvement. The one item I wanted to check was the Eco-Flo Waterstain, they have indeed lowered the price substantially however it is still about $10 more for the 32 oz. size compared to the supplier I have been using. The same manufacturer Fenice of Italy without the Tandy label. The supplier (Campbell Randell) also sells the Fenice reducer which really helps with absorption into the leather. In any case it looks like Tandy might actually have gotten their act together at least partially, a good change for sure. Ed
  5. They discontinued the Tandy Leather Market Place Handbag Kit. I am looking for the pattern that came with this kit. It is not included in the patterns you can download for this pursed from the Tandy site. I f anyone has this, I'll be glad to pay.
  6. strathmoredesigns

    Tandy's New Clicker Press

    Has anybody seen Tandy's new clicker press? When I first heard it was coming and going for around $950 with business pricing, I was really excited. But after going out to see it last week, I'm really disappointed. I figured they just put their name on something that was already being made and we'd end up with one in the same style as the Weaver Mighty Wonder or Cowboy's manual press. But that's not what they did at all. As best I can tell, they must be having this thing made just for them. I was so disheartened I didn't even bother to take a picture, but they're rolling out into stores nationwide, so it should be on the website shortly. If you haven't seen it yet... it looks kind of like the Tippman and the Weaver merged into one. It looks like it's about the same size as the small Tippman and, like the Tippman, it has a fixed and relatively short opening height, but it's not pneumatic. It's got a lever like the Weaver, but it lacks the Weaver's ability to swing side to side (it's best feature in my opinion). If that's not bad enough, it actually has walls on either side (the whole thing looks like it's about 8 inches wide), which seriously limits what you could ever use it for. I'm shocked Tandy chose this route actually. If there's one thing I've learned hanging out in these forums, it's how thrifty and resourceful this crowd is. I don't think I could do anymore with this press than I could with my Harbor Freight Arbor Press, so why would I pay $900 more for it?
  7. I have seen pictures of other people's work where the border is airbrushed in black and fades towards the center. Looks great. I tried to do it on some of my things and they don't turn out so good. I have been using Tandy's water-based dyes. The dye tends to pool up and look really gray when it dries out. I know that I am putting on a little bit too much on but that's in an effort to make it look black rather than washed out gray. I am thinking that I should probably be using a paint rather than a dye. Does anyone have any recommendations about a good product to use for this purpose. I am pretty good at using the airbrush to fade the product in.
  8. Does anyone know if the lizard, ostrich, alligator remnants on sale on the online outlet store real or fake. They do also have a "genuine caiman flank" for sale, I just didn't know since the other remnants don't say genuine. Thanks
  9. fivewayswelshcobs

    Tandy uk

    Hi All, I had a surprise this evening in the form of an email saying Northampton branch is shutting at the end of the month and Manchester will be the main site in the UK. Unfortunately this is too far for me to use as often as I use Northampton , 2 1/2 hours and a frequent giant car park in the form of the M6 as against 45 minutes, so I will be looking at other suppliers, sadly probably abroad because of costs. It doesn't affect my main saddlery and harness business but mainly light leather goods belts etc (not leather). I now know how people feel with few local suppliers, I know I prefer to see a fitting to see it is what I want and the quality is right. I have used it and it's predecessor at the leather factory for over 25 years. Sorry mini rant over!!
  10. Does anyone have a recommendation to purchase #9 copper rivets? I am on the west coast and am buying through Tandy leather by the 50 pack (rivet and burr) but need to buy in quantity like by the pound. I have contacted a few places but they are no savings. Attached it the picture of the rivets we use, what type of rivet would you call this? Recommended suppliers? Also, we use Stimpson brand brass rolled rim grommets in #0 and #7. I buy on the Stimpson web store and contacted an a representative to buy the grommet machines and had some issues but his quoteon grommets was exactly the same as the webstore. Anyone dealt with quantity buying from Stimpson and getting their prices lower on grommets than the online price?
  11. Hi, Just wondered if anyone would be interested in Craftool Co. Sets 8136 - 1/2" Number Set (250g) 8135 - 3/4" Number Set (450g) 8134 1/4" Alphabet & Number Set (250g) 8130 1/2" Alphabet Set (500g) 8142 1/2" Wood Alphabet Set (500g) 8131 3/4" Alphabet Set (800g) 1" Zodiac Set (600g) 3/4" Celtic Alphabet Set (1kg) Not really sure on price if I'm honest, it seems to vary :/ I am in the UK, postage to the USA for example is £13 which is up to 2kg weight, that was just a quick look, might be cheaper elsewhere. I have weighed them and the figures are pretty much spot on, so a little room for packaging will need to be considered. I can add pictures if requested. Anyway let me know if anyone is interested and thanks for looking Janine
  12. Hi All I am looking to sell some oldish Tandy Kits, (All in original packaging unopened and by Tandy) if anyone is interested, not sure on prices :/ 4371 x 2 - Loafer Handbag Kit 4469 x 1 - Truckers Log Book Cover Kit 4083 x 2 - Photo Frame Kit 4608 x 1 - Indian Scout Moc Kit - Size 4/5 4582 x 3 - Large Oval Leather Buckle 4588 x 1 - Eagle Leather Buckle 4592 x 1 - Horse Buckle Leather 4593 x 1 - Basketweave Leather 4581 x 6 - Luggage Tags 317002 x 1 - Spirit of Strength Mask Kit 4237 x 1 - Buffalo Skull Barrette Kit 4004 x 7 - Econo Pre-Punched Billfold Interior 4265 x 1 - Key Kaddy Kit 4185 x 1 - Western WatchBand Kit ------- x 1 - Horseshoe Ponytail Holder 3015 x 1 - Skin Plaque Set 4525 x 1 - Tapered Hatband Ends Kit, 1/2" to 3/8" 4236 x 1 - Bow Barrette Kit All of these items are in original packaging and unopened. I can upload photos if requested. I am in the UK, Postage to the USA is approx £13.00 for up to 2kg, the Billfold interiors are approx 100g in weight, so gives you some idea. Let me know if anyone is interested, Thanks Janine
  13. There are many threads on the forum discussing diamond stitching chisels but I thought another one was in order. Several years ago I purchased a 2.5mm Tandy Craftool Pro diamond stitching chisel. The chisel has 10 teeth and at the time was not offered in a 2-tooth version. I didn't buy the 1-tooth iron because I believe it is mostly useless. I will explain later. Those who use chisels already know why. I really liked the chisel and hoped that Tandy would listen to feedback and begin producing the same iron in a 2-tooth model. Well, good news, they have! Around the time I purchased the iron I was doing some fine work such as watch straps and because of that was looking to achieve 9 SPI. I already owned some of the Tandy Craftool diamond chisels (the black ones), but the SPI I had was approximately 7 and I felt that was too big of a stitch for the straps. The chisel is not perfect, but I still find it very good and use it quite often. I will add some photos (sorry for the poor quality) and add some thoughts that I hope will help folks who might be considering these chisels. It at least should be helpful for comparison's sake. Since the first chisel I have purchased two more but in the 3.5mm size. I went with the 8-tooth and the 2-tooth models. First, a comparison of the holes. The tools are made the same, but the size of the tooth and the spacing is different as shown below. As you can see, the row on top has 8 holes and then 2 just to the left of the main line. I wanted to show both irons so you can compare the two irons and see that they indeed match in tooth size and spacing. The middle row is the 2.5mm iron that has 10 teeth but only punched about halfway through the leather. I did this to show that it could be used as a pricking iron should you wish to do that. Notice that when the iron is given a light tap it creates a nice impression but not nearly as big as when it is hammered through. This certainly could be used as a reference in traditional saddle stitching with an awl. The angle is flatter than what is optimal, but it still is functional. Finally, the bottom row is the 2.5mm 10-tooth iron struck all the way through. I had a piece of approx. 3mm vegetable tanned scrap as the subject piece. The irons themselves present very well. They are stainless steel and have a satin finish to them. Nicely engraved with the name of the tool and an item code and number of teeth. Would be nice if they said 2.5mm or 3.5mm but they do not. I also took a pic of the 2.5mm iron sideways to show how sleek the tool is. In this orientation, the tooth is very slim. The real problem with the tool is the width of the tooth. If it were only a little narrower..... Here are a couple of figures that I hope you find helpful for reference. Tandy Craftool Pro 2.5mm diamond stitching chisel Tandy Craftool Pro 3.5mm diamond stitching chisel Tooth options: 1, 2, 4 and 10 Tooth options: 1, 2, 4 and 8 Stitches per inch: 9 Stitches per inch: 7 Recommended thread: 0.6mm Tiger Thread or similar Recommended thread: 0.8mm Tiger Thread or similar In summary: I really wanted to show the tools, the holes they create and discuss some of the features so that if someone is considering buying them they have a frame of reference and a testimonial from someone that has used them. Earlier I mentioned that I believe a 1-tooth chisel is mostly useless. I didn't say totally useless because I suppose there might come a time where you need to make just one hole. However, for most work a chisel with 2-teeth is a better option. When doing a long row of holes, the 8-tooth or 10-tooth chisels are great. When you come to a curved section of stitching, you change to the 2-tooth and continue around the radius. Since the tool has two teeth, the required spacing between holes is maintained. How do you do that with a 1-tooth tool? Well, there is a way, you basically use the tool with 8 or 10 teeth but hold it on an angle and just make a faint indentation beyond the straight section into the curved section. You then pick up the 1-tooth tool and hammer it through in the location of the indentation. So it does work, but you have to be very careful of the angle now. You might end up with the correct spacing but get the orientation of the tool out of whack and end up with an errant stitch. So a 2-tooth tool is the way to go IMHO. I didn't take the time yet to actually put some thread in the holes but I will and submit it later on. But for now, I trust there is some helpful information here that will give you some food for thought. I mentioned that the tools aren't perfect and here are some reasons why. Although the tools are quality SS, nicely weighted and finished, the teeth themselves are quite rough on two of the 4 sides of the diamond. Because of this, the iron tends to bind in thicker leather. Makes it necessary to use a wooden block to remove the iron. This can be helped by punching the iron into beeswax every so often or polishing on a buffing wheel, but it would be nice if you didn't have to do that. Second, the width of the tooth. I would like to see the size of the tooth slimmed down just a bit. As it is, you can see in the pictures that the "diamond" hole that is created is fairly thin but quite long. Wish it could be a little shorter. Finally, the angle of the tooth. As it stands, the angle is probably around 30 degrees or so. Would be much better if it were steeper, say 40 to 45 degrees. I think a steeper angle of the hole would result in a more angled stitch. So what's my bottom line? Am I glad I bought them? Yes, I find them to be good tools. I don't use them on everything, but in the right place they do the job. I use the black Craftool chisels on some of my work and use a traditional awl method on others. I'm hoping that Tandy will evaluate the tools over time and respond to the feedback they have received. Tandy has stepped up its game, introducing some really nice tools lately. If they could make just a few adjustments in these irons they would have a real winner. If you want more detailed information on these tools and reviews of a number of pricking irons and diamond chisels, you can look up Nigel Armitage on Youtube or at his website, The Youtube videos are awesome and you get to see Nigel actually stitch the holes created by the irons. Nigel's website has a .pdf file which contains detailed reviews much more comprehensive than what I offered on not just these irons but most of the major players in the marketplace. It is THE reference for this type of tool. Nigel is a master, I'm a hobbyist with a strong desire to do good work. Hopefully this will help someone.
  14. DV8DUG

    Craftool Edge Bevelers

    Does anybody happen to know the mm equivalent of Craftools Sizes? The only info I can find is "The larger the number, the wider the bevel." LOL I have a size #2 and a size #3 but the #2 is still a bit large for 3/4 oz. leather. Any help?
  15. I’m hoping someone knows where Tandy’s veg tanned leather comes from, specifically their tooling leather, harness leather and the European single bends that they sell. Any insight would be much appreciated. I'm in Canada, I'm not sure whether that changes things considering Tandy has locations around the world. I would just like to know which tanneries they buy from.
  16. Another newbie question: Tandy had their Christmas special on Pro stamps, so I picked up several that caught my eye- mainly borders. My question is how can I make an square or circular pattern with a border stamp? D2176 for example? Some like D2186 have the single shape (D2185), so there's some ability to adjust placement to make a curve. Am I just out of luck on the D2176 pattern?
  17. Has anyone put this kit together? If so, did you like it? The kit is typically listed for $259.00, but I see that Tandy has it on sale for $159.00. If it is still on sale next week when I get paid I will order it. That is unless I get feedback that it is not a good kit.
  18. BillinOK

    Bolt for Tandy Press

    Does anyone know where I can get one of these bolts? May have to make one if I can't find them. This is from the old Tandy press
  19. Does anyone know if the Tandy hand presses use dies from other sources or do they only use Tandy dies? I need a 3/8 or 5/16 hole punch. I've talked to the people at the local Tandy store a couple of times, but they have no idea if a 3/8 punch is available that fits this.
  20. Hello folks , here again with another one of my newbie situations: I love my thread , as we all do and well I'm a beginner so I don't use much right a tiny 25 yard spool would do me well for a good time, but as I began to actually do more work , make more things , I began to realize "hey , this won't do". And this constant buying of thread has been on and on.I like to buy Tandy's nylon waxed thread: And it's only 4 dollars, right so I'm not complaining or anything but I really feel I could do better for the long run , I know not all of you go and buy tiny 25 yard spools but yeah what's something I could do to not spend 16 dollars on 100 yards ? Also , today I bought some "Omega nylon #2 thread" thinking I could rub some beeswax on it and pass it off as waxed nylon thread , I tried it , and it didn't feel as good as Tandy's, maybe because the beeswax was homemade ? Also , the thread isn't made up of 3 little stands like Tandy's, it's only 2. Could I somehow make this work ? It's 275 yards. Thank y'all in advance
  21. LeatherWorthy

    Military Veterans and Tandy Leather

    So I was prowling the bowels of reddit (they have a leathercraft section as well), and I stumbled across a possible deal for current or prior service US Military. Apparently, starting November 1st 2016, If you are or were US Military, you will be eligible for their Elite membership or Elite prices. The employee said that the criteria for your eligibility will be coming in the November sales flyer. I have posted the link to the original below. I may have to call tandy on monday to either confirm or deny this.
  22. Hi! This is my first post here, but I have been reading a lot of helpful articles and info from here over a year now. Thank you everyone for that!! So now Im asking a little help here, I recently bought an old vintage tool chest from eBay that I found out that Tandy has sold back in the days, called The Master Craftsman Tool Chest. Its pretty cool piece, I just hope the wood won't warp because of the moisture changes.. I was just wondering how old it might be and wanted to ask do any of you guys have any record of this? If you could tell me which years or decade this has been in sale it would be very helpful! Here is also a picture of an old advertisement that I actually found from a magazine I have, but now I lost that particular magazine somewhere so I can't check the date on it, so annoying haha.. :D But gladly I took a photo of it, hope this helps? Theres also pictures of the one I have. -Jake
  23. Chief Filipino

    Eco-Flo Tips

    Hi everyone. I picked up a bottle of Eco-Flo 32oz coal black leather dye. It is a water based dye. I normally go for oil dye but it is expensive. I am trying to give this a shot but I am frustrated with it. It seems like to get any decent coverage I need to put a bajillion coats on and even then it doesn't penetrate very far into the skin. Has anyone used this before? Does anyone have an tips to get better penetration/coverage? Thanks for the help! Teo
  24. Tandy Leather Craftool Deluxe Leather Skiver Tandy Leather #3795-00 Purchased in 2015. Still sharp and like new. $385 new. Asking $200. Manufacturers Description: This is one of the finest bench splitter / skiver manufactured today. When you see the plate steel construction of this splitter, you will know that it is ready for a lot of use. The 6" (152 mm) blade makes it great for shaving straps to a consistent thickness or just thinning down the ends for a buckle. Adjustments will let you set it to get the same results every time. Users' Perspective: Great for making collars, leashes, and bridles. Really speeds up production. I used this for about 6 months. I'm now doing jewelry professionally. Leather still a hobby, but thinning the tools out. Video of Tool by Tandy
  25. I have a tandy press (the red one) with the proper adapter and 9 out of 10 spots come out like the pic below. Anybody know why? I've tried both Tandy brand spots and spots from Standard Rivet (Both prong lengths.