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I have a question. I have a C.S. Osbourne safety skiver and I can't seem to make it work for crap. I can get it to cut a little but for the most part it just wants to slide on top of the leather. I have put a new blade in it and tried it again, but it still won't cut to save my hide. Any ideas as to why it is not working or is it me? Thanks

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These are the key tips I was taught for using a skife.

1. Skive on a piece of glass.

2.  Place your thumb on the rolled part of the blade holder, just in front of the triangle shaped handle, because you have to bear down. This will help keep it from bending right at the transition and breaking.

2. Handle hand stays over the leather

3. Hold the skife at an angle, about 45 degrees.  It helps to mark that angle with a marker on the skife as a visual reminder.

4.  If you start making crumbs replace the blade.

5. Make sure you only use one blade at a time.  More is not better surprisingly.

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