Traditional Archery Discussions on the Leatherwall


Leather worker question

Messages posted to thread:
Catsailor 14-Feb-18
3Feathers 14-Feb-18
Catsailor 14-Feb-18
Mountain Man 14-Feb-18
Orion 14-Feb-18
Longcruise 14-Feb-18
Catsailor 14-Feb-18
Andy Man 14-Feb-18
M60gunner 14-Feb-18
KyPhil 14-Feb-18
Catsailor 14-Feb-18
KyPhil 14-Feb-18
Knifeguy 14-Feb-18
wonderbowman 14-Feb-18
KyPhil 14-Feb-18
KyPhil 14-Feb-18
gluetrap 14-Feb-18
Catsailor 14-Feb-18
rraming 14-Feb-18
rb61 14-Feb-18
Sinner 15-Feb-18
Mike E 15-Feb-18
Franklin 15-Feb-18
Deno 15-Feb-18
From: Catsailor
Date: 14-Feb-18




I misplaced my leather punch and ordered a new one from Tandy. When I tried to punch a hole in my quiver strap I couldn’t cut all the way through. I ended up taking a diamond hone to the edge of the point to sharpen it. That worked. Shouldn’t these punches be sharp enough out of the box? I didn’t have to sharpen the old one to make it work.

From: 3Feathers
Date: 14-Feb-18




More than likely made in china......JUNK

From: Catsailor
Date: 14-Feb-18




3Feathers, the only marking on the tool is Craftool. No info on where it was made. You’re probably right though.

From: Mountain Man
Date: 14-Feb-18




I use a nice 1095 carbon steel awl,,,only way to go IMHO

https://www.selfrelianceoutfitters.com/products/crooked-awl-by-pks

Best $8 you can spend i use mine for everything

From: Orion Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 14-Feb-18




What you have under the leather has a lot to do with how cleanly the punch will cut the hole. Not cutting all the way through or leaving a ragged edge usually means a substrate that is too soft, or you didn't hit the punch hard enough. :>)

From: Longcruise
Date: 14-Feb-18




Shoulda been sharp and ready to rock right out of the package!

From: Catsailor
Date: 14-Feb-18

Catsailor's embedded Photo



I really honked down on the punch and even tried rotating the piece while bearing down. Here’s a photo of the punch.

From: Andy Man
Date: 14-Feb-18




I got one of those things, kinda works - not much in my openion

From: M60gunner
Date: 14-Feb-18




I had one one of those rotary punches. Threw it away years ago. Wouldn’t punch 10 oz. Latigo. Hardly punched 8oz veg tan. Only use punch with mallet these days.

From: KyPhil
Date: 14-Feb-18




mine does the same thing depending on the leather. I just flip the leather over and cut the hole from both sides.

From: Catsailor
Date: 14-Feb-18




KyPhil, I tried that, but it still wouldn’t cut through. It’s kind of disappointing they sell a piece of junk like that. My old punch worked just find. Unfortunately it’s lost somewhere in my basement.

From: KyPhil
Date: 14-Feb-18




Yeah I had an older leather punch once that was great but it seems like I broke it or something happened to it. The one I have now is something like yours, but I may have to flip the leather over back forth and then turn the cutter like a wrench to cut the leather. But it's only on certain leather it does that and I'm not sure why. The smaller punch holes on thin leather are no problem.

From: Knifeguy
Date: 14-Feb-18




Mines about 50 years old and still punching holes. You need to try the $$$ one and if that doesn't work better, all I can say is get your money back and use a drill press. That's what I do on my sheaths for the edge stitching. Lance

From: wonderbowman
Date: 14-Feb-18




I found the one from harbor freight worked better than the craft tool. Cheaper too.

From: KyPhil
Date: 14-Feb-18




Not sure what brand mine is. Says made in England and thats it. Ive had it for 20 yrs.

From: KyPhil
Date: 14-Feb-18

KyPhil's embedded Photo



From: gluetrap
Date: 14-Feb-18




yep, bent the handles on mine trying to punch a hole in my belt. not fit to punch anything.

From: Catsailor
Date: 14-Feb-18




KyPhil, that looks like the one that is lurking somewhere in my basement. I never had a problem with it.

From: rraming Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 14-Feb-18

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I bought one from Tandy and it works great, no name on mine. Doesn't work great on soft leather like deer hide. Thicker stiff leather

From: rb61
Date: 14-Feb-18




Reminds me of less expensive hand woodworking tools. Unless you spend a little more money, the tool that arrives is sometimes a "kit"- sharpening required before first use.

From: Sinner
Date: 15-Feb-18




better off using individual punch and a mallet.

From: Mike E
Date: 15-Feb-18




Yes I agree punch and mallet.

From: Franklin
Date: 15-Feb-18




Tools these days are no where near what they used to be. When punching through thick leather while the punch is activated wiggle the punch or leather back and forth...add a piece of cardboard under your leather and you will punch completely through. The more you mash the punch into the brass plate on the bottom the duller it becomes.

From: Deno
Date: 15-Feb-18




Punch set and mallet works best for me also.

Deno





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