When working with leather, there are many tools you may need. Among these are tools capable of cutting, stitching and making holes in the material without damaging the equipment or the leather itself. You may be interested in working with leather, or maybe you've gotten some tools and you think you're set to begin. The tools used for making holes in leather are few but very important when working with it.
Making holes in leather material can serve many useful purposes. Holes are made to lace sections together, stitch leather neatly, and create decorative button holes when constructing things with leather.
The most common hole punching tools are simple, cylindrical shapes that taper to a sharp circle at one end and are thicker at the shaft. The tool is placed on the leather and tapped through it using a hammer or other tool. Another type of tool is hand-held and resembles a paper hole punch with two handles that, when pressed together, force a metal circle through the leather.
The main thing to consider when selecting hole-punching tools for leather work is the quality of the metal. If the metal is of poor quality, it will wear out faster or it may not work well to begin with. Another thing to consider is price. Though there are cheaper tools to be found, you really do get what you pay for when buying leather-working tools.
A cork board or leather cutting board can keep your leather-working tools in top-notch condition and increase their lifespan by several years. Punching your tools through to the softer surface of the board will keep the tips from being damaged and dulled.
As with any tools, the punching tools for leather can be dangerous, especially in conjunction with hammers, knives, stitching and other tools used for working with leather. Exercise caution and proper safety measures when working with such tools to avoid injury. Such safety tips should come with your tools and how-to's used to work with it, and include wearing goggles, keeping fingers away from any cutting instruments, and cutting away from you when using knives.
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