I need some tools...Update w/ Tool List

Discussion in 'Sheaths & Such' started by wardcleaver, Feb 10, 2020.

  1. wardcleaver

    wardcleaver Gold Member Gold Member

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    Apr 17, 2017
    I'm a rookie, have a few tools, but need to buy a few more basic leather working tools. Looking at buying a stitching groover, hole chisel set, etc.
    I've been looking at Tandy, but looking for American made tools if possible.
    Anyone have a suggestion?
    Thanks
     
  2. duramax

    duramax KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Nov 29, 2012
    The Tandy tools like groover , edger, safety skiver are all ok. They make a good starting point. Then if you don’t mind the cost Barry King , CS Osborne tools, etc. I started with Tandy products and I’m slowly upgrading.
     
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  3. wardcleaver

    wardcleaver Gold Member Gold Member

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    Apr 17, 2017
    Thanks again for your help. After looking at some prices, I think I'll get buy with Tandy tools, lol.
    Hate to buy twice but it will probably be awhile before I "outgrow" them.
     
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  4. Plainsman

    Plainsman

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    Apr 5, 1999
    For a beginner and hobbyist, Tandy tools will get you through 99% of your leather work. If you find you really enjoy it and want things to go more smoothly, you’ll find yourself buying better quality old Tandy tools, custom tools and/or making your own!

    I consider myself a hobbyist leatherworker after 35 years of leatherworking. My tool rack has tools older than me, tools made by others, tools made by me, old Tandy, new Tandy and some oddball as well. Each gets the job I need done. Thats the most important thing, does it do the job required!?!

    Good luck in your newest hobby!
     
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  5. Horsewright

    Horsewright KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 4, 2011
    As a pro I could justify and afford the expense of more professional tools and have many. Even still, I use certain Tandy tools cause they work for me. All my stitching groovers are Tandy as well as an adjustable creaser that I really like.
     
  6. wardcleaver

    wardcleaver Gold Member Gold Member

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    Apr 17, 2017
    Thanks Dave
     
  7. wardcleaver

    wardcleaver Gold Member Gold Member

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    Apr 17, 2017
    OK, Heres my first order, so far:

    https://www.tandyleather.com/en/product/craftool-pro-stitching-groover-set

    https://www.tandyleather.com/en/product/diamond-hole-chisel-set

    https://www.tandyleather.com/en/product/poundo-boards

    https://www.tandyleather.com/en/product/lacing-stitching-pony

    https://www.tandyleather.com/en/product/multi-size-wood-slicker

    I was thinking about getting this:
    https://www.tandyleather.com/en/product/craftool-4-in1-awl-set
    Would the different tools used enough by a rookie to justify the cost, or should I just get a plain-jane awl?

    I will mostly be making knife sheaths...what size edge beveler should I start with?
    https://www.tandyleather.com/en/product/craftool-edge-bevelers
    Or should I just get the tool with 4 sizes?
    https://www.tandyleather.com/en/product/keen-edge-beveler-4-1-set

    I like the ease of use of the gluing tape...yay or nay? If nay, what glue would you recommend?

    Great Thanks to anyone taking the time to read all this and help me out.
    Any advice is greatly appreciated!
     
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  8. Robber58

    Robber58

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    Oct 9, 2008
    In my experience, a #2 and #3 edgers is all you will really need. Relative to an awl, I used this onehttps://www.tandyleather.com/en/product/stitching-awl-with-1-1-4-3-2-cm-blade for years and had great results. Easy to get sharp on the edges and handles well. I suspect you won't find a lot of use for the set but, then again, maybe you will. You also need to get a decent maul or mallet to pound those chisels and any stamping tools you may acquire eventually.
    Randy
     
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  9. wardcleaver

    wardcleaver Gold Member Gold Member

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    Apr 17, 2017
    Thanks for the advice Randy.
     
  10. wardcleaver

    wardcleaver Gold Member Gold Member

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    Apr 17, 2017
    Looks like I'm going with Tandy. Thanks for your help.
     
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  11. Old Biker

    Old Biker

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    Sep 25, 2016
    I bought the stitching groover you linked, but I have encountered a couple situations where it was impossible to use it. One would be on a wet molded sheath like these.
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    A groover like this will work, and I have found it easier to keep against the edge of the leather and make a neat groove, in all situations
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    O.B..
     
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  12. Horsewright

    Horsewright KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 4, 2011
    I too would recommend the groover that OB recommends not the other one. I've got three and they work for everything. Yeah I'm not keen on the set kind of deals with the awl or the edger. Me I'd upgrade on the edgers (#2 and #3 should take care of most needs making sheaths). I'd take a hard look at the Osborne edgers. Mid price as far as edgers go and they work well for me I keep coming back to em.

    https://www.springfieldleather.com/search?keywords=osborne western edgers

    I like the Bent Western edgers, I have a 2, 3 and a 4.
     
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  13. wardcleaver

    wardcleaver Gold Member Gold Member

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    Apr 17, 2017
    Thanks, thats the kind of help I'm looking for. I wanna buy the right stuff the 1st time.
    And nice work on the sheaths!
     
  14. wardcleaver

    wardcleaver Gold Member Gold Member

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    Apr 17, 2017
    It sounds like you're pretty adamant on the bent Osborne edgers. I'll take your advice and buy #2 &#3 for now.

    What do you think of the Tandy hole chisel set?
     
  15. Horsewright

    Horsewright KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 4, 2011
    No personal experience with those. When I hand sewed I was an awl and needle kind of guy and used an overstitch wheel for marking my spacing. However, I could see that working out for a guy. I'd probably buy individual chisels though. I'd find it frustrating switching back and forth on a project. If a guy did an occasional project might be an alright deal. But if I was doing 2 or 3 projects at a time, I'd be frustrated. Here's some belts I did recently with my #3. I grind flats on a lot of my round handle tools. Keeps em rolling off the bench. I've broken more than a couple of edgers by having em roll off the bench onto the concrete floor.

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  16. Old Biker

    Old Biker

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    Sep 25, 2016
    Thanks.

    The tines on the individual chisels are slightly longer than the tines on that set. 5/64 of an inch difference. So you can punch through a slightly thicker stack of leather, with the individual chisels. With either I end up having to finish the hole with an awl on the thickest sections of a project. If you expect to want to do different hole spacing, on different projects, then the set is a good deal. If you plan to stick with one spacing for everything, then buy a set of individual chisels in that spacing. I use the 3mm spacing for everything now. Craftool # 88045-04, and craftool 88045-02. I also have a craftool pro 88055-10 that I filed every other tang off of, to give me very nearly the same spacing. I have tried finer spacing, but my thread would occasionally cut through between holes. I guess I probably pull my thread to tight.

    O.B.
     
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  17. wardcleaver

    wardcleaver Gold Member Gold Member

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    Apr 17, 2017
    Thanks again O.B., more food for thought...
     

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