Basic Leather Craft Tools for Beginners

 There aren't any big secrets about handmade leather works. But it would be a little difficult at the beginning. One of the most frequently asked questions is

what are the basic leather tooling set. I also asked a leather worker which tools are needed when i decided to make leather crafts? He gave me lots of advice. And i know i would end up with a bunch of tools i won’t use. In fact, the choice of tools actually depends on the work, the texture, and techniques. Here i would list basic tools to make your own leather. 


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1.Utility Knife & Cutting Knife 


You can prepared both of them, and used interchangeably. It will save your time and effort when you start leather making. 

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2.Steel Ruler


There are different type for rulers: long, short, steel-square, angular. You can choose the type which suits you well. 


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3.Cutting Mat


They come in different sizes and different thickness. It will protect the blade and the workbench.

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4.Compass 


A compass is necessary. It's great for checking spacing, marking distances from edges. 

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5.Awl 


You can choose awl with a flat side because they won’t roll off your workbench and when you put them down.

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6.Diamond Hole Punch 


They come in different pitches and blade. You can choose to mix each models with your own needs. 

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7.Edge Skiving Tool 


This is the most expensive one in all my tools. It is recommended to buy a little better, cheap ones can not move, and will damage the effect of your works. 

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8.Lacing Stitch Pony 


With a three inch grip you can work with both hands for lacing or sewing to save time. More time equals more leather projects.


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9. Rubber Hammer 


If you have enough budget, you can choose some little wood hammer. 

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10.Harness Needles


Round ends. It is not the kind of sewing clothes needs. Different sizes, you can choose according to personal preference. 

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11.Edge Slicker 


It will add a finished look to your pieces with some moisture,?and friction. There are some other polishing tools, but i think this one is good for beginners. 

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12.Edger 


An edger takes a square, raw edge, and cuts off the sharp portion, leaving a smooth rounded edge. There's all different sizes and shapes for all of your projects.  


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13.Thread 


It's fantastic stuff and I've been using it for years. I use 0.035" for most projects.

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14.Over Stitch Wheel 


Use the overstitch wheel to mark the inside of the groove with little divots that'll tell you where to poke your hole with your awl. 


And wish you all a happy journey with leather making ! 

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