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Old 09-09-2008, 11:00 AM
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Any suggestion where I could get calf leather or vegetable tanned leather

I am looking for some calf leather hide or vegetable tanned leather like the below picture


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Old 09-09-2008, 01:23 PM
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Sheffield Knife Supply has vegetable tanned leather. I used to buy leather from Tandy Leather Company and also Muir & McDonald and they were both great sources of vegetable tanned leather. Search the net to see if they are still doing business...


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Old 09-09-2008, 01:48 PM
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I've bought leather from Tandy off and on for 27 years, and it's always been good. A couple of years ago I bought a calf skin side. Vegetable tanned and 2-3oz. However, it doesn't look like the leather in your picture. Yours is finished in some fashion, while the vegetable tanned calf skin was a natural pale tan and required staining and finishing. Look on Tandy's site and see if you can find what you need. http://www.tandyleatherfactory.com/

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Old 09-09-2008, 01:49 PM
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Try the Tandy leather company. I have a sorta dealer ship through them and that is where I get all my leather goods from for a real good price. Thanks, Shane
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Old 09-09-2008, 02:35 PM
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There's also http://www.wickett-craig.com/
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Old 09-10-2008, 09:04 AM
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They sell it in tandy but you have to get at least 15 sq ft.
I don't need so much for my small project.
Any idea where i could get smaller portion veg-tanned calf leather?
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Old 09-10-2008, 09:07 AM
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I've bought leather from Tandy off and on for 27 years, and it's always been good. A couple of years ago I bought a calf skin side. Vegetable tanned and 2-3oz. However, it doesn't look like the leather in your picture. Yours is finished in some fashion, while the vegetable tanned calf skin was a natural pale tan and required staining and finishing. Look on Tandy's site and see if you can find what you need. http://www.tandyleatherfactory.com/

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2 - 3 oz equal to how many millimetres?
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Old 09-10-2008, 09:37 AM
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Jantz Supply sells leather by the square foot...


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Old 09-10-2008, 01:10 PM
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2 - 3 oz equal to how many millimetres?
Leather is sold by the ounce. For one square foot, each 1/64" thickness weighs about one ounce. So 2 ounce leather is 2/64" thick, and 2-3 ounce leather will run 2/64 to 3/64 thick.

Converting SAE to MM 2 ounce leather would be about .75mm, and 3 ounce would be about 1.1mm.

Sportyant, just how big a piece of calfskin do you need? I have some left and might cut you some.

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The stuff you have in the picture appears to me to be the upholstery leather ,rather light weight.Its distressed waxy kinda. I also have some, I think.I made a foot stool out of it.

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Old 09-11-2008, 10:18 AM
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Hi dave,
Thanks for your kind offer.
Do you happen to have any picture of it?
What is the thickness of the leather you have?
My email is sportyant@hotmail.com
Thanks
Anthony
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Old 09-11-2008, 06:58 PM
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So when I get to tandy online and I click leather there are a LOT of options? For heavy knife sheaths what so I want to buy? Latigo? how any Oz. Tooling leather? Shoulder? Sides? A curious rookie want to know.

Thanks - Bob Urban

Leather like you used to make my sheath Ray?
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Old 09-11-2008, 10:33 PM
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Anthony, I don't have a picture of my leather, but you can see it here http://www.tandyleatherfactory.com/p...EPT=293&Page=2
It's the Petite Tooling Calf. It is a natural tan color, not the dark antique and distressed color in your original picture. I'll double check it in the morning, but it should be 2-3 oz. It's very firm, but not hard, and it wet forms like a dream. I molded it over the wooden scabbard in the attached picture, then dyed it. Let me know about what size you need and I'll see if I can cut it from the remnant of the side I have.

Bushbow, go to Tandy, click on leather, then either on tooling sides or tooling shoulders, bends, bellies, etc. You'll find a selection of vegetable tanned leather from different parts of the cow or calf. This is what you want for a sheath. I like 8-9 oz for sheaths. Latigo is dyed and finished, usually oils and waxes, and is used for things that see outdoor use likes tack, chaps and motorcycle accessories. At least that's what I recall it's used for!

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Old 09-12-2008, 05:41 AM
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Thank you David - Save me some trial and error
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Old 09-12-2008, 08:16 AM
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hi david,
about 2 ~ 4 sq ft will do.
Let me know the price & payment mode.
I am situated in singapore.
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Anthony
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