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Hellbender Leather Launch

Discussion in 'Fiddleback Forge Knives' started by Southern Gent, Jan 4, 2019.

  1. Southern Gent

    Southern Gent

    880
    Apr 3, 2015
    Hey all, just wanted to let you know I launched a new little venture making leather goods primarily focused on dog collars. Check out Hellbender Leather on Instagram for more info and photos. As some of you may know, our great Friend Rick Lowe got me started on leather bending a few years back at Trackrock and once I saw the stuff my wife was buying for Bruno I decided on making all of his collars. Well, one thing leads to the next and once all the family and neighbors pets have collars this thing had to go somewhere...I don't do well sitting in idle and I now have a small shop of leather tools where I'm making collars and other Leather items to order. Would love nothing more to keep the Fiddleback Fourlegged Friends thread on page one with shots of your pets in Hellbender Leather. Thanks Andy for encouraging me to post here and I hope this endeavor will also help keep me more engaged with this awesome community.

    Cheers,

    Justen


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  2. Odaon

    Odaon Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 13, 2009
    The future wife has been asking for a leather collar for our pooch. I may just have to finally get one. Looking good man! Glad to see you're enjoying the leather work!
     
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  3. Southern Gent

    Southern Gent

    880
    Apr 3, 2015
    Hey Orion, if you don't have a ring bearer yet for the wedding I could whip up something up special.
     
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  4. jaz322

    jaz322 Gold Member Gold Member

    524
    Feb 1, 2015
    That’s awesome justen! Very cool branding!
    Sincerely,
    - a future customer
     
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  5. Odaon

    Odaon Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 13, 2009
    Let's talk. I'll text you a little later today. :thumbsup:
     
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  6. ndmiller

    ndmiller Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Nov 30, 2015
    Congrats! Good luck, branding is very cool and the collars look great. Based on what pet owners near me spend on their pets, you should do very well.
     
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  7. Warrior108

    Warrior108 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 24, 2012
    Those do look great! Nice work :thumbsup:
     
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  8. varga49

    varga49 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 1, 2016
    Wow, You're definitely on to something! Love that makers mark:thumbsup:
     
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  9. schmittie

    schmittie Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 28, 2009
    Ok, maybe I missed something buddy. But I gotta know, how did you come up with the brand name?? :)

    Cool stuff and congrats! I hope to order one if you make something in hot pink for my princess rotte. @Southern Gent
     
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  10. Fiddleback

    Fiddleback Knifemaker Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 19, 2005
    Man, those look great Justen. I want one for Ivey. She's 13.5" around the neck. Make hers carry a burbon barrell, and I want to put a North American Arms pistol on her collar too. She's gangsta.
     
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  11. Southern Gent

    Southern Gent

    880
    Apr 3, 2015
    Sure thing, I can make Rotte a fine setup. Pink it is! As far as the name goes I wanted something that could relate to the outdoors and I wanted an animal incorporated so that I could have some sort of a "mascot" for anything I may come up with down the road. I caught a few Hellbender Salamanders as a kid in the North Ga mountains and since leather workers are called leather benders I just put the two together and it seemed to work. Here was the first logo I thought of, which translated horribly to a stamp, but with some refinement may work better on a sticker, T-shirt, ect. I really do appreciate the support, I get a good deal of enjoyment making things with my hands and selling some of the items I make helps keep me in my "habits". :)
     

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  12. Southern Gent

    Southern Gent

    880
    Apr 3, 2015
    Ha, @Fiddleback Andy, Ivey's collar will be a harness that has capacity for a Jacob Bromwell flask, sheath for a Fiddleback, pistol up to 9mm and will have "If you are close enough to read this you have just lost a finger" stamped on it.
     
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  13. jaz322

    jaz322 Gold Member Gold Member

    524
    Feb 1, 2015
    Folks, get yours early because once this brand takes off prices are gonna skyrocket and/or there will be a long waiting list!!
     
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  14. Fiddleback

    Fiddleback Knifemaker Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 19, 2005
    Hell yes. Ivey aint gonna be taking no shit.
     
  15. Southern Gent

    Southern Gent

    880
    Apr 3, 2015
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    Just wanted to say thanks to everyone who has been supporting Hellbender Leather since kicking off the brand. I really appreciate all the follows, likes and forwarding of photos helping with brand awareness. I've been busy making collars, but I still am bushcraft at heart, so I made an axe sling I'll offer up here for a few folks who may be interested. The sling is made from Wickett & Craig and designer Italian leathers with Japanese made brass hardware. Edges are double dyed, the grain side of the leather has multiple coats of neatsfoot oil and the flesh side is treated and smoothed for water repellency and comfort. The top strap will fit tighter around the handle than the photo and I've added a bit more of a tag end. I'll make 5 of these for now and if you want a matching collar to go with it I can add that to the order. The sling is $70 shipped. The matching collar will be $30. This is going to be a forum only offer, as a big thanks for the support. First 5 to respond here can claim a sling/collar. Axe shown in the photo is a Hoffman Camp Axe with 19" handle.

    Cheers,

    Justen
     
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  16. VANCE

    VANCE Allen, I have an axe to grind with you. Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 13, 2006
    @Southern Gent

    PLATINUM or GOLD - Platinum or Gold members are allowed to post in any of the Individual For Sale or Trade forums. They may sell items in the For Sale By Individuals, and can list items for Trade as well. They cannot sell items they have made, for that you will require a Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider membership, no exceptions.

    Forum Rules SG
     
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  17. Southern Gent

    Southern Gent

    880
    Apr 3, 2015
    Rules is rules @VANCE thanks for the clarification. Will look into the craftsman membership.
     
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