Recommended Leather Tools

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People often ask me which leather tools I recommend that they buy if they would like to get into leather work themselves.

I have created a video outlining the items that I recommend and why and below you can find the list of tools contained in the video. These are all tools which I use personally, there are both cheaper and more expensive versions available in lots of cases.

You can watch the video here.

This list is for beginners so I don’t think you need to spend more, however I have included cheaper alternatives for some tools in case you’re trying to spend less. You are welcome to print this page so you can scribble some notes and your own prices on.

If you’ve found this video and list useful why not buy some of my patterns to make with your new tools :)

Books

In addition to the tools I would also highly recommend the books below if you’re starting out, the Valerie Michael one is excellent and the Stohlman ones are also very useful:

book The Leather Working Handbook

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book The Art of hand Sewing Leather

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book Leathercraft Tools

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book The Art of Making Leather Cases

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book Leather Braiding

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Tools

item model link price alternative link price
1 cutting mat A2/A3 self healing uk flag Amazon (UK) us flag Amazon (USA) 10.00
2 thread snippers any uk flag Amazon (UK) us flag Amazon (USA) 2.00
3 diamond awls Kyoshin Elle S/M japanese flag S
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13.00 ea.
4 pricking irons Seiwa 3mm/4mm japanese flag 2tx3mm
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15-20 ea.
5 wing dividers any uk flag Amazon (UK) us flag Amazon (USA) 12.50
6 turbo lighter Turboflame Ranger or similar uk flag Amazon (UK) us flag Amazon (USA) 11.50
7 parallel pliers any uk flag Amazon (UK) us flag Amazon (USA) 13.00
8 cobbler’s hammer Osborne 66 uk flag Amazon (UK) us flag Amazon (USA) 32.00 vintage from eBay
9 thread melter Beadsmith Thread Zap II uk flag Amazon (UK) us flag Amazon (USA) 8.00
10 bone folder EK Success uk flag Amazon (UK) us flag Amazon (USA) 4.50
11 v-gouge Tandy 8082-00 or similar uk flag Amazon (UK) us flag Amazon (USA) 17.00
12 skiving tool Tandy 3001-00 or similar tandy Tandy 7.00
13 roughing tool Tandy 83005-00 tandy Tandy 22.50 scratch awl or sandpaper
14 edge bevelers Craft Sha Deluxe #1/#3 japanese flag #1
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25.00 ea. Tandy 8076-xx tandy Tandy 9.50 ea.
15 maul Weaver Leather 24oz/1.5lb/750g Master Maul uk flag Amazon (UK) us flag Amazon (USA) 81.00 nylon dead blow hammer (Thorace 1414 2lb/900g) uk flag Amazon (UK) us flag Amazon (USA) 20.00 ea.
16 groover/creaser Kyoshin Elle Pro Set japanese flag Japan 24.50 Tandy 88081-00 tandy Tandy 19.00
17 strip and strap maker Tandy 3080-00 tandy Tandy 30.00 unbranded equivalent uk flag Amazon (UK) us flag Amazon (USA) 17.00
18 Black River Laser templates handy gauge/strap end set buy 34.00
19 edge slicker Pro Edge Burnishers hand slicker buy 23.00 Tandy 8121-00 or equivalent uk flag Amazon (UK) us flag Amazon (USA) 6.00
20 hole punches Tandy drive punches 3777-xx tandy Tandy 7.50 ea. Tandy mini set 3003-00
Tandy maxi set 3004-00
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25.00 pair
21 scratch awl Tandy 3217-00 tandy Tandy 4.00
22 heavy knives Stanley knife e.g. Dynagrip knife >
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blades >
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10.00
Clickers knife Tandy 3595-00 tandy Tandy 35.00
23 light knives Rotary Cutter e.g. DAFA 60mm knife >
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blades >
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10.00
Scalpel e.g. Swann Morton #3 or Xacto for US knife >
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blades >
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4.79
24 rulers 30cm/6"/1m steel rules uk flag Amazon (UK) us flag Amazon (USA) 9.00
25 poly board Tandy 3464-01 tandy Tandy 6.50 kitchen chopping board from the supermarket
26 stitching pony (not in vid) Tandy 3132-00 or equivalent uk flag Amazon (UK) us flag Amazon (USA) 29.00

Please note:

  • Prices are in UK pounds, if you’re not in the UK these may be more or less expensive for you (if you’re in America they may be a lot cheaper). Prices don’t take into account any delivery or import costs.
  • The Tandy prices listed are elite club prices. This is because if you are going to buy lots the tools listed to get set up you will save money with at least one years worth of elite membership (£96 currently). If you don’t have the membership cards the prices may be up to double what you see here. Tandy also frequently have sales with good discounts on selected items or sometimes everything they sell.
  • Links and prices are correct as of October 2018, this page will only be checked periodically for updates so may become out of date but the list of tools is always valid.
  • This is not everything you need to start leatherwork as it is a list of tools only. No consumables such as leather, dyes, finishes, glue, thread, hardware etc. are included.
  • The recommended tools are all what I class to be acceptable quality, if you want to save money and buy cheaper tools you can but you might end up buying them again later on.
  • I am not associated with any of the listed companies, the recommended items are there because I use them (or similar) and they work for me. All the Amazon links are affiliate links meaning I earn a small comission if you buy items through them, this helps me out and doesn’t cost you a penny extra.