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Professional Leather Tools

    Layout Tools

    • Transfer designs from pattern paper to leather. Position the pattern and carbon paper over the project and trace the design with a ballpoint tracing tool to apply it to the leather.

    Cutting Tools

    • Cut leather with a utility knife.Utility knife image by Andris Daugovich from

      Cut leather to size or shape with a replaceable-blade utility knife. Offset handles provide the best leverage for cutting. You may prefer rotary cutters with replaceable blades. Make smaller cuts with precision cutting knives of the type common to model making.

      Carve intricate designs in leather with a swivel knife. This is one of the most useful tools in the kit of a leather worker. Swivel knives come in many styles with a swiveling barrel and a forefinger rest. The swivel allows sharp turns while you are cutting designs into the leather before stamping. The cutting blades for the swivel knife come in different sizes and are replaceable.

      Create even bevels with beveling tools of various depths. Cut the sharp leather edge away on belting, flaps and skirts for a beveled and rounded finish.

    Decoration Tools

    • Continous belt designs printed with an embossing wheel.belts image by Aleksandr Lobanov from

      Print embossed patterns quickly and easily with embossing wheels. Roll the embosser over the moistened leather to create a repeating design on the leather. Embossing is used to create continuous designs on belts, straps and bridle reins.

      Emboss designs in leather using stamp sets. Tap the hardened steel stamp with a hammer or maul to create flowers, leaves, basket weaving and other designs. Use a hammer or maul with a rawhide, wood or polymer head.

    Rotary Punch

    Stitching and lacing

    • Use a stitch-marking tool to make evenly spaced stitches.leather image by Alex White from

      Roll a stitch-marking tool along a line to make evenly spaced marks for stitch locations. The wheel marks stitches at spacings of five, six, or seven stitches per inch. Create lacing holes with a diamond-pointed lace punch following the marked stitch locations. Single or multiple head punches are designed especially for saddle stitching or edge stitching on belts and wallets. Use a mallet or maul to drive the punch through the leather. Hide stitches below the leather surface with a grooving tool that cuts a recess in the leather. The grooving tool may also be used to create permanent folding lines in leather because it removes material from the groove.

      Pull leather strips through a lace cutter to create lacing, fringe and braiding strips. Mount the device to a work bench and pull leather slowly through the cutting head with pliers.

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