I recently had a friend ask me if I knew of a way to get rivets that would match stainless steel saddle hardware. This – riveting – video shows what I came up with. I used nickel discs for this, and they came out very well. The low temperature solder didn’t soften the copper and they are easy to set. Please excuse my hemming and hawing. I was winging it…
My thanks to those who have inquired and patiently awaited this announcement. Those of you that have questions about this swivel knife sharpening system are encouraged to contact me by email. If you encounter any difficulties in ordering, please email or text me at 307-272-8585. I’ll get right back to you.
I’m making these new knives personally one at a time. They will be made to order with sizing specifics determined by you the customer. They are flame-colored stainless steel. The knurling has the best grip of any knives I’ve ever used, especially the ones with the annular rings. The yoke has two bearings for stability and is very smooth. My blades are made of D2 blade steel. For the time being, I am selling these with a blade at the same price ($160.00, $10.00 shipping included) as my regular knives as found here on my Red Ox Brand website. These new knives differ from those in the shop here. To order one I just need an email address, shipping address, and phone number, to send an invoice That you will be able to securely pay online.
Please specify the barrel length and diameter that you would like for your knife. The three in these pictures are 7/16″. Other choices are, 3/8″, 1/2″, 9/16″, and 5/8″.
To determine the length of the barrel that you want, study the picture to the right. You need to measure your current knife from the yoke saddle to the end of the barrel without a blade. Then, decide how much adjustment you want the new knife to have beyond the top end of the barrel. The knife can be made with the barrel top right below the yoke, or you can choose to have some adjustment room to set it shorter if needed. All knives are able to be set longer than the chosen barrel length.
To order a knife I specifically need the barrel length that you decide upon and the barrel diameter.
The picture at the far right illustrates a method that has proven particularly good for determining a swivel knife’s length based on hand size. It might be a good idea to try this with a knife that you currently use before measuring for your new knife.
I’m very excited about these unique knives and appreciate the opportunity to make them available to you.
From my book “Harmony and Life in Leather
“Understand the swivel knife and the ergonomics of its use.”
The knife, in the picture to the right, has been adjusted using the above method of finding the length from your hand size. It may be longer than many folks are accustomed to. Also, note that the fingers and side of the hand are up, off of the work surface, as are the forearm and elbow, freeing up the joints of the arm to move. The length of the knife is such that a natural stress is set up, in the index finger, which automatically pushes the knife downward into the leather. If you have always adjusted your knife to be shorter than this, you may think that this feels awkward. In fact, people who make this adjustment gain a great deal more control. With your hand and arm free of the bench top, you are free to move all of the linkages in your arm, to make long, flowing cuts that taper over their entire length.
When Starting out as a full time saddle maker, I kept a plan of procedure for each of the various rigging types that I was called on to build. These plans were constantly being updated as I proceeded from saddle to saddle. Here are some of the documents that I worked up back then. I don't do things exactly like this now, and in some cases have changed things quite a bit. My hope is that these might be helpful to some of you just starting out, and that they may provide a guide to your own note taking. When I was building mostly contract saddles this approach really helped to develop efficiency and speed in my workflow.
The fourth PDF here is a copy of the notes I made when teaching other makers to build the hunting saddles that we were contracted to produce.
It has recently come to my attention that the handpieces for the In-Line Swivel Knife Sharpening System have not been pictured in the online catalog here at my store. This has been an oversight that involved the simple un-ticking of a box in my settings.
The handpieces have been out of stock for longer than I had anticipated. I have a batch here that just require some finishing and I hope to have them back in stock by June this year, 2020.
I apologise for any confusion and inconvenience that this has caused.
In Prescott last week I was able to have students at my stitching workshop try out the new Horseshoe Brand pricking irons. I’ll tell you, they perform admirably. The are sized stitches per inch (spi) like we in the U.S. are accustomed too. They are also narrow enough to fit right in a stitch groove. Collen also set me up with a new awl that they are carrying that matches the pricking irons in the profile of the blade. It also fits sweetly in your palm. Nice work Jeremiah, and Colleen. #horseshoebrandtools
The problems in the first small printing of this book, “Harmony and Life in Leather”, have been fixed. The errors were changed right away and other than the first twenty or so books they have been going out with no missing images or text ever since. The books are available here. They can also be purchased from the Leather Crafters and Saddlers Journal, and will soon be available from Barry King at his website.