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What have others found works best for cutting out leather projects as far as simplest and fastest? I have tried the round knife but not a fan. I mostly use a knife I purchased from Tandy that holds utility knife blades.

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I recently bought an Olfa rotary cutter, and I have been amazed at how easily it cuts. And since the blades are replaceable, it's easy to keep it super sharp.
For straight cuts on thicker leather, the utility knife and a metal straight edge are still very good. 
 

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I enjoy using all types of knives for different tasks.  My latest addition is this baby round knife (68 mm) that is handy for cutting and skiving in tight spots.

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How thick of leather? i use different blades for different thicknesses. on real thin stuff just scissors.

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My go to is a Round Knife for nearly everything, on a lighter weight i may use a clicker knife sometimes i will use a single head knife just because it was cheap and nearer to hand, my advice would be persevere with the Round Knife i know nothing else comes close to it as a all rounder i skive most weights of leather with it find better than the said skiving knives. 

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JCUK

38 minutes ago, TomE said:

I enjoy using all types of knives for different tasks.  My latest addition is this baby round knife (68 mm) that is handy for cutting and skiving in tight spots.

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Is that the Abbey Round and if so how is it.

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6 minutes ago, jcuk said:

Is that the Abbey Round and if so how is it.

Just got this Abbey round knife today and already showing it off.  :)  It is very sharp so I only stropped it.  Fits my hand and I think will be handy for cutting tapers/waists on straps and other small curves, as well as skiving small parts that are hard to hold onto.  I don't yet know how well the blade holds an edge but so far so good.

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4 hours ago, Pappys Leather said:

What have others found works best for cutting out leather projects as far as simplest and fastest? I have tried the round knife but not a fan. I mostly use a knife I purchased from Tandy that holds utility knife blades.

Check out Sam Andrews on youtube .  Andrews leather I think . You will think he is nuts the first time you see him cutting , at least I did . Now that is the only way I cut  but I use something like an exacto knife with # 11 blade .......... works real well for me !!

 

 9/10 oz is the thickest I cut though 

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6 hours ago, chuck123wapati said:

How thick of leather? i use different blades for different thicknesses. on real thin stuff just scissors.

Same for me.  How thick, and what type of leather, and for that matter small and curvy cut versus long and straight.  It's not a one-size-fits-all for me!

- Bill

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I started out with a Stanley/utility/box cutter knife. I've since  acquired and used various clicker knives, a Japanese Leather Knife, and a George Barnsley head knife. They're all sharp and work OK but I find I keep coming back to the Stanley knife

It's a model 199A, which I don't think they make any more. It's a fixed blade and the handle is slightly slimmer than most Stanley type knives. I got it from  a second hand market stall, cleaned it up & painted it. I've picked up  2 or 3 blades that fit well without any wobbling, and I just keep sharpening & stropping them; they seem to cut better when they've been resharpened than when new.

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2 different shaped round knives- one for straight or more sweeping outside cuts and one for tighter inside cuts

1 small antique head knife for really tight inside cuts

Montana Knife Company Speedgoat for small trim work and anything too tight for the head knife.  I bought it for hunting, hiking, and fishing but it's so dang sharp it stays on my leather bench when I'm not carrying it.  

Gingher scissors for my 5 oz straps and loops.  

Utility knife for cutting patterns.  

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My utility knife-box cutter has served me well for a year and a half. 

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