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Thanks Auto. I know Tandy Leather used to offer free leatherworking classes at their stores years ago (how I got started). They had classes ranging from leather carving (putting the designs and pictures on leather) to saddlemaking. You had to buy the supplies but they had instructors there to help and teach from beginner to expert.

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I have been working with leather for many years some custom stuff for myself and mostly repair

saddles etc..

 

as far as plastic sheaths I like them I have seen to many knifes go through a leather sheath and I have seen some sheaths that had metal tips to prevent poke through.

It is rare but TEOTWAWKI will bring about a shift in using animals and when was the last time you had to dive

for your life or fall off a horse if you land just right and have the bad habit of wearing a knife in a bad position

{any position} murphy's law will catch up to you. and I want all the protection I can get.

I use Kydex for my sheaths and steel pin or copper rivets.

 

many officers and military have found that vehicle roll over can cause horrific injuries with all the equipment in the cab.

I have found that if a 2x4 can get shoved through a telephone pole that anything can penetrate anything

I love to see that part in a show where they use a water jet to cut metal, it should make one pause

and realize that nothing is perfect but if the GI in the field has it you may want to consider why,

Even the government can do something right just out of the shear force of statistics if nothing else.

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I just can't help it I love the smell and feel of leather. I've made a little of everything and it is a pleasing hobby. Mostly though I've made things that I wanted but couldn't afford like custom cross draw holsters and machete/knife and hawk sheathes. I always wanted to try making a saddle but it was just awful expensive and I had all the saddles I needed anyway.

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I sense a kinky LEATHER post coming on well maybe I need to leave a sense of mystery?

lol ill leave this one to the pros! I agree with snake in that I do like most plastic sheaths especially the ones with moral knives which by the way are one of my favorite knives...just ordered two more don't tell the misses! Leather is great but it takes upkeep in order to have it last especially if it is getting heavy use. Always wanted to do some leather working but just never found the time or money.

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lol ill leave this one to the pros! I agree with snake in that I do like most plastic sheaths especially the ones with moral knives which by the way are one of my favorite knives...just ordered two more don't tell the misses! Leather is great but it takes upkeep in order to have it last especially if it is getting heavy use. Always wanted to do some leather working but just never found the time or money.

 

Tinderwolf

 

yea leather working is a bit pricey I have found that I can ebay or research an item and get it for less than I could make it for same quality and even something extra like embossing or relief cutting .

 

Everyone need to remember that everything we wear or use to hold or cover goods is in some way stitched

riveted or has holes to adjust or tie.

all of these come from leather working practice and sewing over the years.

 

I still play with it though tools are really getting pricey but a good basic repair kit from tandy leather

add in some cheap craft knife kits you can find at dollar & hardware stores you got a good set.

 

Craftool Scratch Awl *

Sewing {stitching} Awl Kit with extra needles {pre-punch holes with an awl or you will snap needles} *

Sewing Awl Thread

Sewing Palm needs to be bought for right or left handed person * needles for this also.

Mini Leather Punch Set *

Maxi Punch Set *

Craftool Copper Rivet & Burr Setters

Copper rivets & burrs

Chicago Screws

Craftool Edge Bevelers

Craftool Overstitch Wheel System makes stitches even and looks better gives 5,6,7, stitches to the inch

Craftool Strap Cutter *

Craftool Lace Maker * makes a continuous strip out of a patch of leather

Craftool Adjustable Groover

Tooling Leather Remnants make sure its not suede unless you want that *

 

This is a more than adequate kit to repair harness and boots chaps belts even do sail repairs etc.

you can make your own lacing material straps and belt blanks bull whips leather rope

repair heavy clothing like bags, canvass and leather jackets

there are a lot of ballistic nylon and gear that a stitching awl is needed to repair they are just to thick

to handle with just a needle and thread.

 

The marked with Astrix {*}are minimal tools needed

 

The interwebnet is crap trying to research certain subjects only brings up porn if it cannot find anything on the subject.

I was looking for a good picture on Mandarin buttons, basically a loop of cord on one side and a piece of bone horn or anything that can be drilled and a loop through the hole then the {pin} is slipped through the empty loop button holes and the buttons we use today used to be for fine clothing the masses used tie strips or cords

or pin & loop.

 

when connecting leather straps a straight slit will cause the leather to rip the ends of any slit need to terminate

with a punched hole 0-----0 then the stress of pull will be spread out so it does not rip.

a hasp and pin weather it is made of cord leather or metal and the pin could be anything a stick or bone

 

My only reason for mentioning these antiquated methods of attachment should our economy take a turn for the worse repair and alternative fixes will be necessary the old throw away lifestyle will not be an option.

thinking outside the box using antiquated methods and scavenging all resources will make your life easier

or prevent you wasting resources trading for things you do not need.

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Well now that you mentioned it Snake THAT was the other sort of thing that I couldn't afford but wanted so I made my own. One of these days I'm going to do a 12 or 16 plait 8' snake whip.

 

I used to do a lot of leather work but have backed off of it some. I mostly just do the simpler things and decorate with the basket weave and barbed wire stamping things.

 

One other thing that is super nice to have and not really expensive is a stitching or lacing pony. Also making a stitching palm is pretty easy. I've looked at several Instructables ( I love that site by the way)and am going to try it. I'm ambidextrous in a lot of things and so need a matched set.

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I just got some 2 inch flat bar and welded a piece in the center with a hole about 2 inches tall and the hole is 1 1/2 inches up use 1/4 inch bolts with wing nuts

 

the wood was scrap 2x4 cut out with a band saw works Ok for the little I do or else I just use my vice with

soft jaws or some scrap wood.

 

unless I have a overstich wheel the spacing of my stitches is not even as I like and for some reason I hate

lacing, it looks good but doing it my self is a pain personally I just fix sh*t I have some good stuff I made years ago but unless it is something I cannot get in ballistic nylon and is western related screw it.

 

but if the world goes to hell I may need it so keep it around.

 

you can make your own copper revits with copper wire peened into a blind hole of propper size & depth

then use a proper size or make a washer I have used tubing of aluminum or copper and peened it flat and

used a round chisel punch to form it.

 

Hey what ever works sometimes you just got to do some southern engineering and fix it.

 

a friend of mine used leather to replace a bearing in a engine it worked. and JB weld is a rednecks best friend

as well as 2 part epoxy

 

but just for grins I leave you with this web site

 

http://pvaglue.net/how-to-make-homemade-pva-glue/

 

http://www.ehow.co.uk/how_6505852_make-wood-glue-animal-hide.html

Edited by juzcallmesnake

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In regards to the knife going through the leather, if you use heavy enough stuff and use my favorite method of baking and then soaking with wax, the leather becomes a weapon all on its own. Just as hard as the plastic sheaths with less chance of breaking under pressure. Gives it a nice look too.

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