Basic Leather Working Tools (Part 1)

ImageHey there! First off, Thanks for stopping by to check out our blog!
Now, let’s get to it!… In the photo you’ll see my very basic must have essential tools. Nothing fancy about this whatsoever.

1. Straight edge metal ruler. Right now I’m using a 12″. But, once in a while I need to get to something a little bit longer. I have a 24″ T-square ruler I also have handy. I use them for making straight lines and measuring out where my stitching holes are going to be made.

2. Box cutter. I use this tool for just about all my cuts on the heavier leather. Like the veg tanned and chrome tanned cowhides (I’ll go over the difference of these two in a later post). I’ve used this since I’ve started out. It’s done me a lot of good. And, until I feel the need to change or upgrade she’ll be with me for awhile. You can get one of these at a hardware store. The yellow package on the far right are extra blades. I’ve already gone through quite a few. The blades get dull after about a couple days worth of work depending on how much work you’re doing. It’s a fairly inexpensive tool to have.

3. Pencil. This is actually the second pencil I’ve gone through. It’s great for making light marks on leather. Mostly marking where my stitching holes are going to be and where I’m going to be making my cut marks and lines.

4. OH YEAH! Cutting mat. That big green thing that all the other tools are laid on top of is ESSENTIAL for doing just about all of my work. It’s great for doing cuts. Get one with the
1″ square measuring marks. That really comes in handy. I also sometimes write notes on it with my pencil when I don’t feel like looking for paper. It’s also great to have if you’re doing stains or dyes so that you don’t get it on the table (which I’ve done both to when I first started out and didn’t use one of these. shhhhh… don’t tell anyone).

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