TOOLS & SUPPLIES

The Best Tools AND SUPPLIES for Leatherworking

Tools & Supplies I USE AND RECOMmEND

PART 1

All tools and supplies featured in this list are items I own and use on a regular basis. I wasted plenty of time an money buying the wrong things before I settled on these, and I would highly recommend any of them over most other products out there. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me through Instagram or feel free to fill out my contact form found here. PSA: All of these are either linked to the manufacturers website, or to an affiliate amazon listing.


Crimson Hides Pricking Irons

Whether you use French / European irons or Diamond / Japanese irons, Crimson Hides has some of the best pricking irons around. The quality, customer service, feel, and durability is outstanding. I use these irons on most of my projects, and wish I could have them in every size. Not to mention the price is really good! I know it sound like I am “crushing” on them, but if you get these irons, I promise you will not regret it.

Crimson Hides Japanese & French Pricking Irons

INTERCHANGEABLE TIP Wing Divider

This thing is awesome! Its a multi functional leather compass that comes with a pointed sharp scratch tip and a groover tip. There are with 2 different sized adaptors. A smaller adapter for the pointed tip & groover, and a larger adapter that you can fit a pen in for marking more than just leather. The best feature to me is that you can adjust the height of the marking leg, which is the main reason I purchased this tool. Its great to be able to raise the marking leg to make it less likely that you will jump the edge and mar the surface of your project.

Crimson Hides Wing Divider with interchangeable tips

Palosanto Edge Bevelers

These are some of the premier edge bevelers on the market. They come sharp, hold their edge and bevel edges like a dream. The customer service is great as well! They can be purchase direct from South Korea, or at District Leather Supply when available.

Palosanto Edge Bevelers

Ron’s TOols Montana Edgers

If you are looking for a USA made beveler, these Montana Edgers are also some of the premier edge bevelers on the market. They come sharp, hold their edge and bevel edges like wonderfully. They can be purchase direct, or can sometimes be found at Rocky Mountain Leather Supply when available.

Rons Tools Montana Edgers Set

Leather Shears

These scissors are amazing! They’re sharp, sturdy, and they fit nicely in your hand. I have cut through 10oz of leather without any problem!

Kai 7205 8 Inch Professional Shears

OWDEN 6 Pcs Leather Punch Set

These are the best value punches available. You can get them on amazon for under $15 (as of right now) and I have used them daily for almost 2 years with no issues. Clean punches, and they stay sharp for a long time.

OWDEN 6pc Hole Punch Set - 1mm-5mm

Belt Hole Positioning Guide

I use this jig all the time. It’s perfect for making sure your belt holes are dead center, and accurate.

Belt Positioning Jig - Hole Spacing Template Tool

Halder Dead Blow Hammer

This is a great poly faced dead blow hammer that I have been using for about a year with my pricking irons & hand setting tools. It has a really nice weight to it, the face is non marring, and it is easy to keep pricking irons on line when using it. I have tried a bunch of different mallets, and this one is the best I have found.

Halder Dead Blow Poly Faced Mallet

Dremel Stylo+ & Keyless Chuck

Perfect for burnishing and sanding leather edges when paired with abrasive mandrels, and hardwood burnishing attachments. The keyless chuck is a must when changing bits frequently.

Dremel Stylo+ with Keyless Chuck

Rotary Tool Sandpaper Rolls

These are great at smoothing out edges when burnishing leather. The ability to use them wet or dry is a huge advantage, and this is the only set I know of with the extra fine grit options. That beings said, the metal mandrel is a softer metal so they can get out of alignment if you push to hard, but they are fairly easy to bend back into place.

Wet/Dry Rotary Sand Paper Rolls 240-2000 Grit

Micro-mesh Sanding Pads

These are great for getting that glossy mirror polish when burnishing your edges. They are washable and reusable.

Micro-Mesh Sanding Pads

Montana Empty Acrylic Marker

This is great to fill with 50/50 water and Tokonole for burnishing edges, or leather dye if you like to add color to your edges.

Montana Empty Acrylic Marker 15mm

Tokonole Burnishing Agent

This is the best solution for burnishing edges and can be found at most online leather supply stores. It is significantly better than anything else on the market.

Tokonole Burnishing Agent

Thickness Gauge (mm)

This thing is super accurate and super cheap. It’s not the nicest tool out there but you honestly cannot go wrong with this thickness gauge.

Thickness Gauge - Metric

OLFA Rotary Cutter 60mm

I really like this rotary cutter. I have had a few and the automatic trigger on this model is a great feature. Its nice to have the larger 60 mm size when using a ruler / straight edge with a cutting guard (which I would highly recommend when using a rotary cutter).

Olfa Deluxe Rotary Cutter (60mm)

MAIN TYPES OF LEATHER

Vegetable Tanned Leather

“Veg Tanned” Leather is the finest type of leather you can buy with a wide range of qualities, finishes, and variations. Vegetable tanning is a traditional tanning process which has been used and perfected over thousands of years throughout the world. The process consists of taking raw hides and soaking them in a mixture of barks and other plant materials which contain tannins. This is done to prevent decomposition of the hides and allow them to be used as a durable raw material. This process can take anywhere from 6 weeks up to 1 year depending on the process used. Vegetable tanning is an environmentally friendly process which creates a beautiful and timeless material to work with. Products made with Veg Tan leather can last generations if properly cared for.

Chrome Tanned Leather

Chrome Tanned leather uses chromium salts and compounds and is the most widely used leather on the global market today. Chrome tanning leather, drastically reduces the amount of time needed to complete the tanning process to hours instead of weeks. Chrome tanned leather is widely used in the upholstery, apparel, and the automotive industries. The characteristics of chrome tanned leather and its manufacturing process allow for lowers costs, more variety in colors, better weather resistance, and softer more pliable tempers. With that being said, the tanning process is in most cases not very environmentally friendly, and the durability of the leather is far less than that of Veg Tan leather.