Belgium Diecraft

Tools 1Leather is a tough and long-lasting substance, and it can be very hard to cut. The diverse ways to cut leather include a straight edge, a utility knife, a leather shears, a rotary knife, a mallet cutting die, a clicker die, or a laser cutting system.

A pattern is the first step in accurately cutting leather. To make a tailored pattern, draw a pattern on paper with a pencil or use a computer drawing program. Then place the paper pattern on the leather piece. Begin cutting with either a straight edge utility knife or a rotary cutter. A rotary cutter will result in a clean edge and is easy to use and if used properly. Safety Alert: This tool has an super sharp blade and should be used with caution. Remember, keep the rotary cutter, and all sharp cutting tools away from small children. Cut your leather using the rotary cutter, using a self-healing cutting mat beneath the leather. These mats will help to protect your table or counter surface from being damaged by the cutter.

A Leather shears is a heavy duty scissors that usually has serrated blades, and it is capable of cutting soft or even heavy strap leather. A dependable quality leather shears will cut through most leathers easily.

The razor utility, swivel knife or hobby knife refers generally to cutting tools and more specifically to cutting tools that are used in leather craft. Conventional hand cutting tools that are generally employed by hobbyists and others engaged in the art of ornamental leather tooling typically consist of knife-like blades fixedly and permanently mounted within a holder that is adjusted for manual operation by the user.

Strap cutter is an adjustable wooden cutting tool that cuts parallel strips of leather from a piece of hide. It works every bit well with heavy strap leather or soft garment leather. It is capable of cutting 16 oz. leather into 4″ straps or soft suede into ” strips.

A clicker press is a machine that cuts shapes out of rolls of soft material, such as rubber, cardboard, or leather, using a sharp metal piece called a die. A metal tool and die shop will take a pattern, and bend, weld and form pre-sharpened steel into a die. A cutting die is usually a steel cutting tool to be used with a clicker press. Cutting dies are desirable for cutting paper, leather, rubber, plastic and more including envelope cutting dies, label cutting dies, clicker dies, window dies, punch dies, gasket cutting dies, washer dies, trimming dies, high dies, threaded punch dies, rotary panel cutters, corner blades, strap dies and more.

Leather is increasingly cut by laser. Laser leather cutting is a highly skillful job. The operator will program the design to be cut by the laser cutting machine. Cutting leather in this way may be a long job. The leather cut by laser is highly accurate, and true to your pattern.

There are many different processes for cutting leather, which is a hard, durable, and difficult to cut material. For the small manufacturer a clicker or mallet cutting die would increase production. The greater manufacturer usually uses clicker dies or a laser cutting system for its leather cutting. For the home craftsman, on the other hand, the best ways to cut leather would include the leather shears, the utility knife and straight edge.

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