Leather Tools


Leather tools .net explains all different kinds of leather tools used in leather craft, shoe and saddlery trade. Our leather tools are hand made by skilled staff at Joseph Dixon Leather Tools in Walsall, UK. All types of leather tools are available.

Edge Shaves take a flat edge off the leather work to prevent sharp leather chafing on the horse

Hollow edge shaves take a round round edge off leather work for the same purpose as flat edge shaves

Racers cut a shallow trench in the leather so that stitches can be made beneath the surface of the leather and not wear or rub

Screw racers cut a shallow trench in the leather like racers but have adjustment

Compass racers  cut a shallow trench in the leather like racers but have adjustment and are used for round work

skirt shaves and american races

Skirt Shaves  as the name implies, takes a wide edge from the saddle skirts

American racers. american V racer and american U racers perform the same task as do racers but are pushed freehand

Leather crease tools

Single creases can be used to mark out work for cutting or creasing area where creases have insufficient adjustment to reach

Double creases may also be called checkers, these tools are used for making ornamental lines where one edge of the crease follows, initially the edge of the leather and then the first line done.

Bevel creases are much thicker blades and rounded than single creases. they are used for heavy ornamental lines, usually on loops

Screw purse creases mark the edge of work for ornamentation and to provide a guide for pricking iron. They are fully adjustable

Single purse creases are a lighter version of a double crease

Edge irons are a non-adjustable version of a screw crease

round punches for cutting holes in leather

Round punches are struck with a mallet to make round holes in leather. A round hole weakens the leather more than does punching with a oval hole.

Oval leather punch hole tool

Oval punches are struck with a mallet to make oval holes in leather. They make a stronger hole than round punches and should be used in stress  situations such as stirrup leathers.

leather crew punch tool

Crew punches are struck with a mallet to make a hole in leather that will exactly accept the tongue of a buckle.

oval leather chisel

Oval chisels are struck with a mallet to cut a round end on straps and belts. They may also be used for scalloping.

leather pointed chisels

Pointed chisels are struck with a mallet to cut a pointed end on straps and belts. They may also be used for scalloping leather.

leather wad punch

Wad punches are struck with a mallet to cut wads or circles from leather or materials such as felt and rubber they are also used a lot in the gasket trade.

They are also used for pushing eyelet holes.

leather pricking irons

Pricking irons are struck with a mallet to mark the position and inclination of stitches ready for hand sewing.

The first number refers to the number of stitches per inch and the second to the width of the pricking iron: for example 4/1  1/2 in means the pricking iron marks 4 stitches to 1″ inch and is 1″ 1/2 in wide. They are available as standard in widths of 1/2″, 1″and 1″ 1/2

We can make any size you want but is a special order and won’t be in stock.

The pricking iron width should correspond to the length of the run of stitching required.

The finer the work, the more stitches per inch should be made; For example 9 or 10 is adverse fro bridles 6 or 7 for headcollers.

Overstitch, pricking wheels and frames

Pricking wheels and frames Pricking frames hold pricking wheels which can be selected for the required task. Wheels are manoeuvrable than pricking irons and can be more easily used for curves, circles or patterns .                                                                Frame 147 has wheel permanently attached.                                                                       Frame 148 holds removable wheels and has an adjustable guide so that the distance of the stitches from the edge of the leather can be more exactly regulated.                      Frame 116 has a wheel permanently attached which marks the interval and inclination of overstitches.

Large pricking wheels fit in a frame The number system is the same as irons and large wheels are selected for long runs of sewing

Small pricking wheels fit in a frame. their number system is the same as pricking irons; the small wheels are selected for short or particularly intricate runs of sewing.

Overstitch wheels fit in a frame. There number system is the same as pricking irons and are selected for overstitching job required. The may also be used for running pop stitching.

Martingale grover has a blade which is adjustable for depth.

head knifes for cutting leather

Leather workers knives

Round knives are the traditional saddlers knife, their curved shape providing greater manoeuvrability and cutting power. The larger sizes are for heavier work.

Head knife is suitable for more awkward work, where the round knife will not fit in. It is particularly suitable for cutting circles or tight curves. Some saddlers use head knife in preference to the round knife

Double head knife has its blade further from the handle than the round knife, giving it more manoeuvrability than the head knife.

Bridle cutters knife the long blade of the bridle cutters knife helps keep it straight when cutting cheeks,etc. The curved end gives it the cutting power.

French pattern knife is similar to the bridle cutters knife but smaller and has more edges.

Paring knife in the saddlery trade are used for cutting thread and paring hard materials down instead of spoiling a best round or head knife.

Fancy paring knife has the same uses as a paring knife but is heavier and can be used for skiving

Shoemaker’s knife the general purpose shoemaker’s knife is good for cutting thread, string, etc

Clicker knives  are a shoemaker’s pattern makers tool and have a small, replaceable blade.

awl blades

Loop clamps fit into the top of normal clamps , or clams, that are pressed between the saddler’s knees. the vertical pieces of the loop clamp hold the loop leather still in the piece of work ready for the first line of stitching. Loop ironware used to block loops in order to accept points more easily. Blocked loops are a sign of quality work.

Pricking irons oval (142) prick mark a perfect oval ready for stitching

Round pricker iron (149) prick mark a perfect half-round circle ready for stitching

Strap prickers (153) unlike ordinary pricking irons, have sharp points that are struck hard enough to be forced through the leather ready for stitching.

Square pricking irons  (151) mark the stitches where a inclined stitch is not required.

Leather bone folders (4/5) are used to put a gloss on leather edges by hard and fast rubbing and also used to flatten the joint where two pieces of thin leather are stitched together.

Seat awls (a2 and 2) are used to regulate the flock of seats through the serge. They may also be used to regulate serge lined saddle panels and the pads of rollers lined with material.

Awl blades (1) when fitted into the handle are used to make a diamond shaped hole through the leather ready for the needles to pass through when stitching. The heavier the work, the larger the awl that must be used. Needles and thread should be of commensurate size so that they pass through the hole made but are not loose within it.

nail claw for leather workers

stuffing irons and smashers for leather saddles

leather washer cutters

plough gauges, splitting machines


One Response to Leather Tools

  1. Mr Tor Kristen Rougseth says:

    Beautiful catalog, I have seen pictures of your 1950 catalog, you still have mostly the same tools. Great work. I have a few of your old tools; I am very satisfied with them.

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