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Top 5 Traditional Leatherworking Tools

Top 5 Traditional Leatherworking Tools

I like the very best quality tools while some of those tools may be a bit out of your budget I also offer some budget friendly options also.

  1. Stitching Chisels

Stitching chisels are like small forks with a number of tines and these tools are required to use if you would like to find those absolutely slanted stitches.

Stitching chisels are very similar to pricking irons, in that they are utilized to create your sew holes before saddle stitching. The distinction between stitching chisels and pricking irons is the irons simply mark the stitch placement and do not usually make a hole that goes all of the way through.

Stitching chisels are an integral element in producing the classic and beautiful slanted stitch that’s one of the telltale signs of luxury leather goods.

1 benefit of buying the chisels within the irons, is that because the chisels pierce the leather all the way through, you do not have to use a diamond point awl to pierce the leather through stitching.

If you would like to use the stitching chisels I urge the Crafttool Fine Diamond chisels from the 8 prong and two prong to deal with curves.

If you would like to use pricking irons, I urge Vergez Blanchard. This French company has been manufacturing their signature hand tools since 1823. They’re famous for their high quality tools as a consequence of conventional hand forging methods they use in the production procedure. I use the #10 and #2 dimensions of the pricking irons.

  1. Wing Dividers

Wing dividers are utilised to make a stitch mark principle along the border of your project. As soon as you’ve established this line by running the wingdividers down the edge of your job, you are prepared for making your line of stitch marks with the pricking irons.

C.S Osborne & Co. is an American family owned company located in Harrison, NJ and has been working since 1826. The 8th generation is running the company now, which still adheres to the strictest guidelines for quality craftsmanship and tools.

  1. Saddlers Needles

This is another European company with roots dating back to the 1840s which has a reputation for being among the finest in their field.

John James Needles is the British maker of the straightest and best round tipped saddler’s needles specifically made for leather hand stitching.

Saddlers needles are exactly what you desire. These are powerful needles with a curved tip. You can buy these directly from the website or ebay and Amazon and they are fairly inexpensive.

I have never bled from one of those needles.

Another interesting fact – the organization is located in Redditch, Worcheshire, an area that’s called the Needle Capital of the World! Thats going on the places-to-visit list!

  1. Fil Au Chinois Linen Thread

Thread type is quite important when creating beautiful rows of saddle-stitching. Thread choice can make a massive difference in the quality of your work.

Fil Au Chinois is a French manufacturer of linen thread that’s existed since about 1827 and is my preferred brand of waxed linen thread to use.

Linen thread doesn’t stretch or contribute over time, it’s extremely strong and durable, and because of the natural fibers and the way they’re twisted together in the production process, it functions very well.

  1. Stitching Clam or Pony

The last tool I recommend for conventional leatherworking, is that the stitching clam.

The stitching clam is a very simple tool which retains your job in place, as you sew. Employed by putting the leather piece that you are sewing involving the jaws and with one leg swung over top of the clam, the strain out of your leg retains the jaws tight on the job.

Made by hand by some very skilled woodworkers, the Vergez Blanchard clam is a gorgeous instrument in it’s own right.

Stitching pony is a excellent alternative to the stitching clam. This is a vice-like tool that retains your work for you as you stitch, like the clam only usually used on a table top or bench.

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