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Tools for Leather Workers

by Joseph Petrick, studioD

A fine piece of leather is usually tough and not easy to work on with bare hands. With the correct set of leather tools, however, you can easily stitch or repair any cuts or dings that appear on your leather shoe, seat, or even saddle. Knowing the correct tools to use allows leather workers to expend minimum effort to efficiently perform their tasks.

Cutting Tools

Leather workers may need to divide a large leather piece into smaller partitions for convenience, and cutting tools are the appropriate materials for that process. Leather shears, chisels and knives are the most common tools used to cut through leather. Leather shears consist of two heavy steel metals joined together to form a scissor-like tool; it is used for cutting down large pieces of leather into smaller pieces without precision. A leather knife has sharp edges for cutting through leather and has a handle to prevent the hand from getting injured. The leather knife and chisel are used to specifically cut accurately sized pieces.

Patching Tools

When repairing a piece of torn leather, the need to patch it sometimes arises. Leather patching tools include pieces of leather obtained from other leather objects such as a worn out saddle, leather seats, and even leather shoes and boots that are no longer fit for their initial purposes. Leather gum is another example of a patching tool. Use the leather gum and patch when trying to cover a hole within a large piece of leather material that you deem still fit for use.

Leather Punching Tools

Leather punching tools are used to create holes in thick pieces of leather equipment such as a saddle. An awl and hammer are the most common tools workers use to punch through leather. An awl is a tool that resembles a pick, but its handle is longer. A hammer, maul or mallet can be of great help when punching through leather using an awl. Alternatively, you can use a power punch if the piece of leather you are working on is too thick or tough to use a hand tool.

Leather Binding Tools

In most cases when repairing leather, the torn parts are too small to use a patch. Leather binding tools come in handy in such situations. Special threads and needles are available for use in leather working. The threads themselves are made of thick, intertwined leather strings to make them strong and durable. Leather needles are made of steel to prevent them from breaking easily while sewing or binding leather pieces together.

About the Author

Joseph Petrick has been a writer and editor since 2003. He writes career, business and education articles. His work has appeared in several online publications including Career Today. Petrick holds a Master of Arts in philosophy/economic anthropology from Pennsylvania State University.

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