Don't waste your money to purchase unnecessary tools if you have just started with leather crafting. Here follows some basic but essential leathercraft tools:
1. Stitching puncher or pricking iron
2. Wooden mallet
3. Hard rubber poundo board
5. Rol knife
7. Cutting mate
8. Two round point leather needles
9. Nylon Thread
10. Double side tape (0.5 cm width)
As a starter you don't know for sure if leathercrafting is really for you. So you don't want to spend alot of money for unnecessary things, right?
Therefore I would advice you to purchase just basic tools but which are made of good quality. From my own experience good quality does not have to be expensive, if you know where to find. Later on I'll post the supplier's addresses.
Believe me! Having good and wright tools will make your work much easier. Almost all the below shown tools are easy to find at your local hobby or hardware shops except the leather stitching puncher and the rubber poundo board.
Please surf on internet for the most convenient prices. Ik got my wooden mallet from a webshop and it saved me €5. If you get a hard time to find a poundo board, you can try to change it with a piece of soft wooden block
I Will try to explain you what the function of the above shown tools from left to the right:
1. Edge beveler,
You use this tool to refine or to round the edges of your leather piece. You can only use this tool for hard leather.
You use this tool to groove a stitching line. You make the line before you make stitching holes with a pricking iron.
3. The third till the fifth tool on above picture are pricking irons or stitching puncher with diamond shape points.
With these tool you would be able to make stitching holes. The one and two prong stitching punchers could be very handfull if you are making stitching holes in a corner.
4. The sixth tool is an awl.
This tool is very handfull if you want to make any hole or any marking on a leather.
5. The seventh tool is a hole puncher.
You use this if you want to make a hole to add buttons in your leather project. This hole puncher is available in many sizes from small to very very big.
6. The eighth and the nineth tools are buttons fastener tool.
You use this tool in combination with a wooden mallet to fasten buttons parts.
7. The eleventh tool is punching tool. It's an easy tool to have, it's not necessary but still handy.
You use this tool to make two opening splits in once through the leather. You might need this tool if you want to add magnetic snap butons to your leather project.
8. The twelveth is Scratch Spring Compass.
It's very handy if you want to make a mark on a leather piece.
9. The last tool is buttons fastener plier.
It is an alternative tool of the tool that I mentioned ealier on point 6.
This tool is very user friendly but unfortunately you can not use it when you want to add button which is located far from the leather edges.
If you must to choose one of these three tools, for a beginner I would recommend you to choose the first tool from the left (so, the smallest one). Why? Because you would be able to make holes anywhere you want in the leather. With the hole puncher plier (the first one from the right) you would only be able to make holes at the edges or not so far from the edge of the leather. Another reason is, with the smallest hole puncher I would be able to add buttons in my leather project. The bigger hole puncher would be too big for a button's hole.