Hey there fellow leather crafters! I recently tried out some new leather craft tools that have made a huge difference in my projects. These tools don’t really do anything new… They just make the process as a whole easier. As always, I made a video showcasing these amazing new tools, but for those of you who prefer to read, here’s a quick rundown:
The New Leather Craft Tools
- Copper San Mai Steel Skiving Knife by Ibex Ironworks I was blown away by the quality of this skiving knife. The blade is razor-sharp and the copper/carbon fiber handle has a great weight and feel to it. It’s a bit pricey, but it’s worth every penny in my opinion. I also did a full review of this knife right here. If you’re looking for one that’s a bit more affordable, there are still a lot of good options! Check out this knife from Chartermade, this one from Hand & Sew.
- Positioning Squares from Amazon I know this might seem like a simple tool, but it has saved me so much time and frustration. These little squares are perfect for keeping my edges straight and my corners square. Plus, they’re super affordable.
- Boehm Leather Hole Punch from Hand & Sew This tool is a game-changer. It has interchangeable punches that screw onto the same tool, so you don’t have to switch tools in the middle of a project. The punches are sharp and precise, and the tool itself is easy to handle. ***Hand & Sew reached out and offered 10% off everything other than veg tan using coupon code BLACKFLAG***
- Needle Tip Bottle for Glue from Amazon I used to struggle with getting glue exactly where I needed it, but this bottle has made all the difference. The needle tip allows for precise application, and the bottle is easy to squeeze.
- Silicone Makeup Brush from Amazon This might sound a bit strange, but this little brush has been a huge help when it comes to spreading glue evenly. It’s also great for applying leather conditioner.
So How Have These New Tools Made A difference?
Like I said, they don’t really do anything new. What they do is make parts of the process that I previously found frustrating a bit more tolerable. Maybe even enjoyable. Like when I found out about the Grog Marker trick for applying Tokonole. They just streamline the process.
There is something satisfying about a razor sharp skiving knife gliding through leather like it’s nothing. Or putting glue exactly where you need it but nowhere else.
Really, what these new leather craft tools give you is a better experience and maybe a bit of your sanity back (I could definitely use that).
Overall, these tools have made my leather crafting experience so much smoother and more enjoyable. I highly recommend giving them a try. If you haven’t already, go check out the video and drop a comment if you have some other cool tools I should check out!