Here you can find information about the materials I use, why I use them, and the properties they have which may effect the way the finished product will look, feel and function. I will also from time to time use other leathers for limited edition runs... I will explain the properties of these in the product descriptions.
If you have any questions about any of the materials I use, then please feel free to drop me an email!
Horween Dublin & Derby
Horween was founded in 1905, and is one of the oldest continuously running tanneries in the USA. They produce a huge range of articles using their unique tanning processes.
I use four vegetable tanned Horween leathers from the Dublin & Derby range (Dublin is smoother, whereas Derby is "tumbled" created a more rugged, distressed surface) for all my pocket knife slips & organisers. It is also available as the outer piece of bi-fold wallets. As it is a thicker leather, it is not available for use in most of my wallets.
Derby & Dublin both age gracefully, whilst being soft, tough and hardwearing. As with most leathers, the lighter colours will darken more with use.
When new, Pueblo has a unique, slightly rough, rustic surface... with use this quickly develops a beautiful patina, smoothening out and darkening significantly. Depending on how much the leather is handled, the change can be quite dramatic! Don't select this leather is want your wallet to remain looking as it does new, but if like many people you appreciate the way quality veg tan leather ages, then this is the choice for you.
Pueblo is a lighter weight leather, and is available as an option for all my wallets and notebook covers. I also use it as the pockets/slots for my EDC organisers.
This is available as an option for all my wallets, notebook covers and pockets on EDC organisers.
Ghost is a really fascinating leather. The base is a smooth, firm tempered vegetable tanned cow hide, which is dyed through in a range of colours. The surface is then coated in a layer of white wax. Through use, this wax will slowly rub away, creating a unique patina, especially where there are objects pushing through the leather from the other side. Eventually you will be left with the base colour of the leather, with only traces of the white wax left.
Available as an option for all my wallets and notebook covers, Ghost is a great choice if you want to see the journey it takes through use.
I only use Ritza Tiger thread, produced by Julias Koch in the Ukraine. It is a very strong, tightly braided waxed polyester thread. It has a flat profile, so sits very flat to the surface of the leather, and through my experience is the best and strongest option for making durable leather goods.
I exclusively use Seiwa Bond Ace glue in all my products, which in my opinion is the market leader in strong, leather craft specifically glues.
For burnishing the edges of my products I use Seiwa Tokonole, which is simply the best burnishing agent on the market. Its non-toxic, propriety formula bonds the fibres of the edge of the leather to stop it from fraying, whilst creating a visually appealing, glossy finish.