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Re: [BKARTS] Leather



I'm very happy with the paring knife that I purchased from Trevor Lloyd:

http://www.trevorlloyd.co.uk/paring_knives.html

Bob


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From:    "Peter D. Verheyen" <verheyen@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To:      BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: [BKARTS] Leather
Date:    Mon, 27 Aug 2007 10:29:11 +0000

> If you're serious about learning to work with leather, willing to 
> spend $50 on a very good paring knife, ... at the very least buy only 
> vegetable tanned leather. You'll at least be able to have a chance at 
> paring it. Most commercial leathers are chrome (mineral) tanned and 
> very hard to pare, even with a very good knife. The leather is just 
> too stretchy. It'll also dull your knife very quickly. Knife 
> sharpness and comfort are going to be VERY critical. With a dull 
> knife that doesn't feel comfortable you'll never be able to achieve 
> good results. The best knifes by far are to be had from Jeff Peachey. 
> See <http://www.philobiblon.com/suppliers.shtml> for more info.
> 
> In terms of leathers, the real kind, goat is the best to work with, 
> then comes calf. The latter is thinner and much more delicate. 
> Cowhide can be had, but tends to be very thick and hard... 
> Experiment. My honest feeling is that unless you really can't afford 
> to get the "real" leathers, the best tools, and don't have the time 
> to shred a few skins, not to bother with leather. It'll be a lot of 
> cursing, and not so great results, all leading to discouragement... 
> Many will disagree with this opinion, but there you have it.
> 
> p.
> 
> >If I were to buy leather on ebay, I see vendors offering 2oz and 1oz.
> >Would anyone care to elaborate some? Which should I think about etc
> 
> 
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