Working with leather is challenging as it is a thick material that ordinary scissors or blades won’t make the cut. That is why having top-tier and sharp leather cutting tools will get you far in leather crafting.
Leffler sources the finest cutting tools for leather from international brands such as Serra Sharp, Osborne, Ivan and Hyde and brings them closer to the Australian market.
Browse our extensive collection of cutting-edge splitters, scissors, knives, box cutters, shears and skiving knives today to complete your leather crafting process.
Knowing what each leather cutting tool is for and when to use them will help you determine what you really need. Nobody wants an overcrowded workspace anyway. Plus, having a select number of cutting tools that are purposeful to your work is much better than having a bunch that will only go unused.
The brief guide below describes some widely-used leather cutting tools, so you’ll know what to add to your leather crafting kit.
These specialised tools round the edge of a leather piece and remove sharp edges to prevent it from “mushrooming” and wrinkling over time.
A knife specifically for leather cutting gives you the sharpness and comfort you need in doing so. You will find more advanced leather knives made out of better steel, but they require regular maintenance to keep them sharp.
Leather scissors are also called “shears” and are heavy-duty, allowing them to seamlessly cut through leather. This cutting tool works best on thin and stretchy leather. A pair of leather shears is difficult to sharpen, so purchasing a new one is necessary to keep your cuts precise.
Sometimes, your leather can be a bit too thick for your preference. A leather splitter can help you achieve thinner pieces. It is a large machine that pulls the leather through and cuts it into two parts – one with the desired thickness and the other is excess.
This is one of the most essential leather cutting tools every leathercrafter should have. The leather strop is used to maintain the sharpness of your other cutting tools such as leather knives, skivers, edges, scissors and more.
Rotary cutters are excellent, low-maintenance tools ideal for cutting long straight lines as they glide perfectly due to their “pushing motion”. Similar to box cutters, you can upkeep these by changing the blade as they dull.
This cutting tool is unique to leathercraft and is versatile at its job. It can roll, cut and skive due to its shape and is a more clear-cut blade when using its endpoints.
The skiving knife is a leather knife specialising in thinning down leather areas. It is typically a single bevel and is ideal for leather edges instead of the entire piece.
Learning the basics gives you the foundation to turn your projects into masterpieces. Browse our massive selection of cutting tools today and get to cutting.
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