zuludog

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    Replied to the thread First go working with leather.
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    Yes, Ian Atkinson, aka Leodis Leather is good,

    Also Jacklore Knives; and Nigel Armitage, certainly for general leatherwork though I can't remember offhand if he has a video just about sheath making
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    Replied to the thread Brisa delivery times.
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    Yes, I have always found Brisa a reliable supplier, with orders arriving in only a few days, certainly within a week.
    They also answered an enquiry (by email) very quickly too

    I have also dealt with Moonraker Knives and Greenman Bushcraft; they were…
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    Replied to the thread First go working with leather.
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    If you don't know already there is a Tandy store in Manchester. I have always found the staff to be pleasant & helpful

    Tandy Leather; Lime Square; Ashton Old road; Openshaw; Manchester

    This section is OK for leatherwork, but here is a forum on all…
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    Replied to the thread Coloured handle pins.
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    I do all my handle shaping & sanding with hand tools, and use either aluminium or brass for pins as they are soft metals. even so they are harder than the wood, and I have to be careful that the pins do not stand proud of the scales

    Do you think carbon…
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    I do my knife making at a simple level. I buy in ready made blades then fit my own handles, and make the sheaths. Apart from a small pillar drill I only use hand tools
    That means I don't do any kind of serious or involved metalwork or woodwork;…
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    Welcome!

    There are quite a few BB Refugees on this forum, myself included
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    Replied to the thread Abrasive tape.
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    If you're just using smallish pieces of sandpaper in your hand then ordinary paper is OK, but if you want to use the seesaw method you need a longer strip with stronger backing, like cloth backed tape


    You can buy abrasive strip or tape, but I happened…
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    Posted the thread Slot cutting file.
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    Take the pins out of 2 or 3 junior hacksaw blades; glue them together along their back edges with epoxy glue; mount them in a handle

    You now have a saw file to cut the slots in bolsters & spacers
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    Posted the thread Abrasive tape.
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    I sand & polish my handles with abrasive tape or strip, using the 'see-saw' or 'shoeshine' technique
    I have some proper tape, but I have also made my own by sticking abrasive sheet to duck tape
    Either lay the sheet face down and apply the duck tape or…
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    Posted the thread Fine rasps.
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    I do all my handle shaping with hand tools, but there is a problem

    Woodworking rasps have teeth that will cut down into the wood, but they are usually too coarse for anything but rough work
    Files have finer teeth, but they are designed to round off…
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    Posted the thread Black liners.
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    For black liners and spacers I use old vinyl LPs; you can get them cheaply from charity shops. Simple as that

    Roughen them with medium - coarse abrasive paper. Drill a few random holes in the spacers to help lock them in place
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    Replied to the thread Which epoxy to use?.
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    I have almost always used Standard/Slow/24hr set Araldite; once I used 24hr set UHU 2-part epoxy, and never had a problem with either

    I've used 5 minute Araldite on a couple of simple things, like a Japanese style leather knife where the blade was a…
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    Replied to the thread Greetings!.
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    Welcome! You will find a lot of ex BB people here
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    Replied to the thread For Sale Green Stropping Compound 1400 grams.
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    Yes, can I have this please?
    There's no hurry, next week is fine

    I've sent you a PM
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    Replied to the thread For Sale Green Stropping Compound 1400 grams.
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    Is this still available?
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    Replied to the thread Oil and Resolene?.
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    Thanks Janks. It's interesting you should say that, as you know how sometimes you get an idea or thought and it just won't go away? Well I mulled that over late last night, and again when I woke up at some disgustingly early hour this morning, and came…
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    Posted the thread Oil and Resolene?.
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    Briefly, I make my sheaths by cutting the leather then dyeing & sewing as accurately as I can. Then I apply leather oil inside and out till it's soaked. This softens the leather enough to do final moulding & shaping to get a better fit

    I've been…