Leatherworking Tools for Beginners

Revolver punch

The revolver-type leather punch is more commonly used for braiding. It looks a lot like a metal-cutting pliers, only the head has a drum with six sharpened cones of different sizes from 1.4 to 5 mm. The leather workpiece is clamped between the punch and the anvil, the handles are compressed, and a hole of a given diameter is obtained.

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Professional punching tools are made of stainless steel with a brass anvil and come with an opening spring and replaceable steel punches with a lifetime warranty. However, for different models there are restrictions on the thickness of the pierced material.


Tools for leather are indispensable assistants for those who are engaged in the creation of various products, using natural materials. In today’s market, handmade accessories are much more valuable than manufactured goods. In each product tanner puts a part of his soul, creating a unique product. However, the talent and “golden hands” of the master is not enough! It is extremely important to choose and purchase quality leather tools that will help you realize your creative plans.

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Good day to the readers of the blog! I decided to write an article about leather tools, I am interested in this topic more than a year. I found a lot of information on the Internet, but it is all on different sites and in different languages. This article may have some flaws, I would love some criticism (if it is relevant)!

Use: A special rod designed for drawing (marking) on leather. Ideal for transferring patterns before cutting. In the descriptions on various sites write that the mat can be erased only with a special eraser.

From the author: Can’t say anything about a special eraser, but you can’t erase it with a simple one, but it’s relatively easy to erase with a wet rag and soap. Color: silver

Usage: used to protect surfaces, mark and maintain the sharpness of cutting edges of knife blades.

“Self-repairing” professional, high quality double-sided mat is used when working with knives. On one side of the mat is a metric scale, on the other side. inch. Convenient for making applications. To increase the life of the mat when cutting, you should use different areas of the surface of the mat.

From the author: I VERY much enjoy cutting on it, I recommend it to everyone! 3 Olfa round knife

Applications: Cutting of fabrics including thin fabrics, cutting of paper, wallpaper, leather and individual items, for applique applications, industrial applications possible.

From the author: I’ve cut leather from 0.5 to 1.5mm. I am completely satisfied with my purchase, it cuts perfectly with a ruler or a pattern! I don’t know how fast the bluntness of the knives is. Application video:

6 Strip. Adjustable creaser ( Adjustable creaser )

Application: Tool for marking a seam up to 6 mm from the edge. Leaves a decorative stripe along the edge of the leather when heated. Used for precise marking.

From the author: Some people make it from a piece of wood (oak, birch), about as on the picture.

8 Slanting Punch Price in g. Moscow: n/a Price on Amazon: 19 ( 684 )

For the holes in the leather for the seam. Makes 7 holes per inch. Hole length 3.18mm(18) Tooth spacing. 3mm Tooth width. 3mm

Price in g. Moscow: n/a Price on Amazon: 27 ( 972 )

Application: A universal tool which can be both a groove cutter and a free leather cutter.

11 Torzball Bevelers (Craftool Edge Bevelers)

Price in g. Moscow: n/a Price on Amazon: 19

Uses: chamfers leather and rounds edges. Comes in different sizes.

12 Thread Types of thread, waxed or un-waxed, etc.д.

13 Leather edge trimmer. ( Safety Beveler )

15 Ball peen hammer (shoe bartender)

Application: Used for making holes of different diameters and shapes. 18 Glue

20 Cardina (sticks for shaping leather)

21 Wooden slicker (leather edge trimmer)

Special slicker for leather made of natural wood, not covered with wax and varnish. Slicker has several grooves of different sizes to polish leather edges of different thickness. The protruding wide and narrow ends of the slicker are suitable for squeezing out the leather on the wrong side, when making a volumetric design. The universal tool length is approx. 15 cm. Good in the hand, indispensable for beginners and professionals alike! Slickers come in different types and shapes:

Leather work kit 38 items code 7982 set for the novice leatherworker

Here’s a selection of our tools that will help you create your own leather goods for beginners. The tools of the set are not only useful for work with leather, they can also be used for other types of needlework. This article is a review of the 38-piece Leatherworking Kit.

Slicker. A tool for the final processing of the edge of the leather, grooves are designed for different thickness of the leather. The slicker is made of natural wood, about 15 cm long.

Leather marking tool, 3mm pitch. Designed for marking on leather, fabric, paper. Marking step 3 mm. Length of tool 15 cm.

Marker for erasing the markings on leather. Designed to remove markings on the surface of leather with special pins. Leaves no residue after drying.

Tapered awl. Designed for making holes of different diameters. Can be used for fabric, leather, felt, paper, felt. Length of the awl 12 cm

Stitch knife for cutting lace. This knife can be used to cut long, continuous ribbons, 3-5 mm thick. It cuts from the center to the edge, so it does not matter what shape the leather is. Knife complete with blades.

6.Tool for thinning leather. Designed to cut skin edges, makes it easy to adjust the thickness of the leather to the desired dimensions. Includes one blade.

7.Fine file for buffing leather edges. Can be used for leather, leather trimming, sanding, which allows for better decoration of the leather trim.

8.Tool for parallel lines. Makes evenly spaced notches (up to 15 mm), size adjustable with a special screw.

Saddlery knife. Used for cutting and shearing (thinning) the flesh and edges.

Spatula for application of chemicals. Used for glue, oil and paint application.

12.Caulker (hammer) for working with leather. Designed for work with punches, slits, stamps, tools for installation of fittings.

Wool lint-free swab. Designed for economical and careful application of paint to leather. Ball diameter 2 cm, made of natural wool.

Glue for leather. Designed for gluing pieces of leather, can also be used for gluing wood, fabric. Quick-drying, non-toxic glue.

15.Needle set 10 pieces. Needles with pointed end. Sizes: 4.8 cm-2 pieces, 5.4 cm-2 pieces, 5.6 cm-2 pieces, 6.3 cm-2 pieces

16.Set of step punches 246 teeth, pitch 4 mm. Designed to punch holes equidistant from each other for the seam. 4 mm pitch, diamond shape teeth.r

Button set 633. Size 12mm. Supplied with 2 tools for manual installation.

18.Installation tool for shackles. Size 8 mm.

19.Cutting tool for leather. Serves for making holes for installing fittings.

Flaring wheel for mounting fittings. Used for installation of fittings.

Grooving tool. Used for seam groove preparation. Groove width 1 mm.

Stem. To be used for marking on leather. Line thickness of about 1 mm. Easy to wipe off with special marker included in the set.

Board for punching and stamping. Used to prevent damage to the work surface. Also necessary for preventing tool blunting.

24.Tack pads. Designed to protect the skin of the hands from the chemicals used in leather work.

Natural rubber. Used for removing dirt and glue residue from leather surface.

Leather cutting mat with markings. Designed for cutting, prevents the work surface from damage. The mat has a marking, a template. Mat size A4.Lo

27.Tool stand. There are 9 holes to store various tools.

Form for crimping on leather. Includes 3 pieces (two molds and one mold base). Detailed instructions on how to use it can be found on our website.

29.String wax. Color black and brown

30.Bead of wax. Designed for waxing cords or threads. Can also be used for processing punches for easier handling of leather.

SMS product. For use on leather necks or the backside. The product is diluted with water.

32.Leather oil. Designed to be applied to leather to prevent dry, cracked leather, mold and bacteria.

Colorless dye for leather trimming. Thick paint. Designed to dye the leather trim, resistant to bending, good on the trim.

Button set. Includes 5 pieces. random color.

Set of collars. Set of 20 pieces, random color.

Kit for sewing trinkets.(leather accessories). Random color.

Leather tool set.

Hello all! I have to confess at once that I am an amateur in leatherwork, but lately I have become fond of it. After watching the videos on youtube, my enthusiasm only increased. Naturally, the first steps can be done with minimal quantities of tools from the nearest hardware store. But I managed to get a whole set of special tools for the review. Of course, the tools are Chinese. There are a few different kits on bangud. Because of the number of positions at first sight eyes are confused, and it is not clear which one is better to choose. Or take specific items individually. I took a set of the claimed 30 items and decided to use my own experience to figure out which of them are really necessary and which you can do without. Packed all this goodness in a plain cardboard box, and packed in bags The contents fit nicely on a piece of chipboard 60×40 cm I will begin, perhaps, from the description of all items in the set. I’m not sure if I’ll call it by its proper name, but I’ll try. I will open the list with these knives, because it is one of the basic tools in the craft. 1. So for cutting leather you can use this circular knife. Very sharp. Diameter of the disc is 45 mm, maximum cutting depth is up to 8 mm. Very good for straight cuts. It is also possible to cut in a curve, but with a large radius limit. Not least the thickness of the leather plays a role in this. The deeper the disk into the material. the more difficult it is to make shaped movements. The advantage of this knife is especially noticeable when cutting thin leather 0.8. 1.6 mm, because the material does not pull on the blade. Which allows you to make a more accurate cut, and the edge is smooth without any burrs and microcracks. No replaceable blades in the set, but it is no problem to buy them in domestic internet stores, although the are not happy with them. 2. Next on the list is a saddlery knife. Initially quite sharpened (one-sided sharpening), on one side of the blade there are characters. Blade width 35mm. Can be used for cutting leather, local thinning and rounding corners. Handy for straight line cuts. Curved cuts are also possible, but not small radii. Anyway, for me it’s more convenient to use a knife with classic cutting part arrangement. When working with the reviewed knife, its handle is practically at right angles to the workpiece. 3. Also available with collet knife. In addition to the blade that is already in it, there are five interchangeable blades in the kit Great for shape cutting. But, as for me, with thickness of material more than two millimeters. it’s already inconvenient to work. 4. Needle set. There are seven of them in the set. Directly for the leather, according to the information I found, correspond to two of them. What makes them stand out is their triangular wedge-shaped point. They are not particularly sharp, to prevent damage to the thread in, for example, saddle stitching. Also, there are two normal straight needles with a big eye, two twisted needles and a bag needle, with the characteristic flattened and bent point. Personally, at this stage, the first two are enough for me. 5. Groove cutter with adjustable stop. Used for grooving future stitches. Mostly used on thick leather. At first it seemed to me completely non-working, no matter how I tried it only scratched the material and made scuffs. Looking closely, I saw a burr on the cutting part after the factory sharpening (or where it is sharpened there) a little manipulation with sandpaper and order, but cuts well only a tough skin, with soft material is not always good. 6. Edge cutter. Needed to chamfer the edge of the leather to give a more aesthetic look to the product. Like the previous tool. works well on hard leather. Particularly useful when beveling the wrong (bahtarmian) side of the leather. 7. Tool for parallel seam line marking. Maximum width 20mm. It’s pretty useful. Unlike the groove cutter it has no sharp cutting part. And if not zealous when marking, the line can be smoothed after it. 8. 9. 10. Roller marker (copier). Used for marking out future seam holes. There are three of them in a set with different spacing. Two of them are blunt. they just leave marks on the leather, and one is sharp enough to make a hole in a thin material at once. The upper tool I rashly mutilated before photographed its original appearance. I can only say that it differed from the second one only in pitch. My barbaric actions were aimed at achieving a certain goal. The thing is, the first two tools had practically the same pitch. 2.4mm and 2.2mm respectively, the step of the third is 3.3mm. I got these values by dividing the length of the segment by the number of marks on it after marking with each tool. So having two tools with almost the same pitch, it seemed to me not logical, and the lack of marker with a pitch of 4 or 5 mm. a drawback. It was decided to correct this defect by removing the extra teeth from one of them. Armed with pliers. broke off the excess. I apologize for hurt feelings (I fixed it later by emery). And it would have worked, but I got a little confused and broke the teeth on the wrong one. As a result because of their odd number turned out here such a nonsense But never mind. Here’s a closeup of the other two. And this is what marker 11 looks like.The awl. Actually known to all the tool. The only difference from the usual one is the cone shape. With which you can make holes of different sizes. That’s all I have to say about it. 12. Another very useful and handy tool for making holes. According to the barcode. made in Japan. The device has six interchangeable nozzles with a diameter of 1.5mm, 2mm, 2.5mm, 3mm, 3.5mm and 4mm. Used for making holes in belts and buckles. The advantage over the turret is that there is no limited step back from the edge of the workpiece. I use it to make the seam holes. It’s much better than an awl. To make the hole, you need to press the handle and through a screw groove in the working part. the progressive movement of the handle is converted into a rotational cutter. Of course it is hard to get a straight stitch, but that’s the way I’ve been working so far. I will come back to this later. 13. Another tool for edging, the bevel cutter (corner cutter) allows you to cut a corner of leather with even depth, rounding it off. The grooving cutter is designed for working with thick hard leather, the width of the cut stripe is 5 mm. Unfortunately, the sample of my set is disgustingly sharpened. I tried to correct this case, but I was not successful. 14. A router for working the fringe side of the leather. It’s designed to peel the skin back to the desired thickness before stitching. Complete with a set of ten interchangeable blades. Maybe because of the quality of the latter I could not fully appreciate the convenience of this tool. 15. 16. 17. Three more groove cutters. This time non-adjustable, that means without a stop. Sharp, works great on both soft and hard leather. No problem with the fleshy side. Although they have a different shape of the cutting part, the actual grooves are almost indistinguishable 18. I don’t know what this tool is called. And I can only hypothesize about its purpose. It is supposed to be used for embossing. It is poorly sharpened. 19 Wax. Used in the finishing of the product. It has both a decorative and practical function. closing the pores of the skin for moisture protection. The set contains a 40x40x15 mm piece. Pretty hard. It’s better to grind with it by preheating with a lighter. 20. 21. 22. Slickers for polishing the edge of the leather. There are three pieces of different configurations in the set. The round one is designed to be mounted on a dremel or an electric electric screwdriver. 23. 24. Waxed thread. The set includes two coils black and beige. Flat section, braided, width. about 1 mm. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. And the last element. strips of sandpaper for polishing the edge of the leather. All five are of identical performance. have (at a glance) about 80 grit on one side and about 120 grit on the other. Which of the elements the Chinese consider the thirtieth. one can only guess. But the amount is not the joy. For full work this set lacks one very important element. the step puncher. Exactly with the help of this tool it is possible to reach smooth seams and exact matching of holes on all elements of the product. I would sacrifice a good half of the set for it. In the near future I’ll add these punches to my set of tools for sure. For now, as I wrote above, I use a hole punch. But I can’t make a straight seam with this method. Yes, and it takes quite a long time. Another device that I probably can’t do without in this craft is a saddlery pony. Actually this is a clamp for fixing all the elements of the piece while sewing. I made it in about 10 minutes from scraps of planks at hand. And so. After shredding a few pieces of old unwanted leather, I decided to finish this pointless activity and do something more exciting. For this I bought a piece of leather crazy Horse 25×20 cm in size and 1.6 mm. This piece cost me 2.5 plus shipping. Ordered the size without a specific purpose. For a regular purse 12h9 cm will be enough, for example, a piece of leather 30×25 cm. it will cost about 4 if you order it off. Buying a whole skin to save money. My first product was a primitive purse. Decomposed, took up the work On the cut out parts clearly visible uneven row of holes for the seam Having fixed the parts began to sew and the other side The whole process, from cutting to the last stitch took me no more than an hour and a half. This is what came out of it Of course primitive, but I hope it will not always be like this). Back to the question about the usefulness of all these tools. Naturally you should not take the opinion of a layman as a guide. But my subjective opinion I will lay out. I will go by method of elimination of the most useless to me elements. I think the bevel cutter will lie idle for a long time to come. Sandpaper strips seem to keep him company too. A planer. Perhaps rehabilitate and I will be able to appreciate its usefulness after I buy good blades. But so far nothing. Two seam markers with almost the same pitch, I think one would have been enough. What’s missing is a bigger step. A groove cutter, too. For the rest of the tools and materials (threads and wax). no questions yet. I’ll end here, I already have a couple of gift ideas for my loved ones. so we need to train further. Thank you all for your attention. П.С.

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A set of tools for working with leather

In this article I will talk about a set of tools that are needed to work with leather. For convenience, we can distinguish two levels of filling the set minimal and advanced.

10 Basic Tools Every Beginner Leather Craftsman Should Have

For starters we will look at the Minimum Set. With his help you can build and cut the pattern of the product, cut and wire details, punch holes for stitching or lacing, fasten the elements of the product with each other and decorate them pyrography (burning). So, having such a set you can make simple but at the same time entourage things.

The minimum set includes the following tools: pen/pencil pliers awl sewing centimeter metal ruler compasses building knife (like a stationery knife, only in a metal frame) with a retractable blade and a set of replacement blades to it a large glass (it is very convenient to cut leather, the knife slides on the glass) with treated thick tape edges (not to cut) set of needles with a wide ear skein thick threads, Linen or kapron hand-puncher with a set of interchangeable nozzles of various diameters lining under the puncher of thick leather hammer second glue tailor scissors pyrograph (poker) dryer bright table lamp with an adjustable angle of inclination stable table Most of the above tools are likely to find at home, but some will need to buy more.

Now let’s take a look at the Advanced Set. It will make your creativity more comfortable and interesting, and routine processes will be accelerated. Your products will be neater and more functional. In addition, you will have the opportunity to decorate your leather goods not only with pyrography, but also with embossing.

The advanced kit supplements the minimum with the following tools: side-cutters ring marker for cutting ruler parallel (navigator) set for manual installation of the jawbones/ rivets (punch with nozzles, platform with matrices), the jawbones themselves stamping set pliers for manual installation of eyelets and blocks, eyelets themselves punch manual turret construction/industrial hair dryer (with several high-temperature modes and the possibility of vertical installation and stationary use) instead of the usual household Some of the above tools are harder to find, but we are always happy to suggest something.

Sets of tools for working with leather

How we all love the products made of genuine leather, which attracts with its beauty and extravagance! Store LeatherExpert offers a huge selection of tools to work with leather, which are used to produce beautiful clutches and bags, business card holders and covers, belts and bracelets, as well as many other products.

Basic tools for working with leather

Over time, every craftsman gathers his own collection of favorite (often used) and not so much tools. Fans of the craft know about all the features of work and alloys of this or that knife, looking for unusual fittings and stamps for embossing.

At the first stage of acquaintance not only with leather, but in general with any business, you should not buy up everything you see. what if your enthusiasm runs out or a few bought tools are superfluous. There are many companies making professional tools for tanneries, but the main advice is not in the choice of brand, but in the choice of material. Metal should be hardened, high-carbon steel is a must.

We have collected a list of the most popular. it is not small. And that is absolutely enough to get you started.

Cutting knife. A budget and at the same time popular variant. the construction knife. The main condition is a removable blade. There is no need to sharpen it, the blunt ends can be broken off and the work can be continued. Pay attention to the fixation of the blade, it must not wobble. If you use a shoemaker knife (shoemaker). Keep an eye on its sharpening.

Knife for rounding corners. Designed for chamfering edges. The larger the size, respectively, the larger the bevel itself.

Suture knife. Used for trimming the fringe (back side), thinning the skin during stitching.

Seamsticker. A roller tool with interchangeable tips. Used for even marking under the manual seam. To select the desired length of step (stitch): 3, 3.5, 4, 5 mm, you just need to change the wheel.

Sewing machine. Needed both for marking hand seams and decorative stitches.

Cutting punches. Most are similar to forks, with steel tines that allow you to cut holes in a thick layer. Variances for decorative stitching. like French seamstitch punches, which cut oblique lines.

Punching punches. Cut holes of different shapes and diameters. Mainly used for decorative trim or to insert different kinds of rivets, rings.

Trimmer (edger). Needed for cutting seam grooves in leather. For example, by chamfering the belt, the thread will lie in one plane when stitching (will not protrude).

Slicker. Used for the final processing of the edge, gives smoothness.

Cutting mat (mat). Multi-layered, dense, centimeter-marked material is self-leveling and allows you to cut gently and safely. Used by many handmade craftsmen.

Rotary knife. Professional tool for embossing different patterns. The upper part regulates the pressure force, thereby reducing or increasing the depth of cut.

Pony (clamp). Wooden vise used to hold leather in place during hand stitching.

Leather needles. Distinctive features of needles designed to work with leather are their reinforced rod and blunted end (or triangular point). Needle thickness should correspond to the thread number and density of the material. Soft leather is sewn with a sewing machine needles 0 and 90

Thread. It is better to use waxed. When choosing threads guided by the density of the material and the thickness of the needle: the thinner and longer, the smaller the number of thread.

Buying pre-made leather kits helps you minimize your expenses during the first phase, while gaining basic experience and seeing your first results.

Such kits include cut and punched parts, some complete with waxed threads and needles. It remains to connect the parts and you can use.

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