Chrome-tanned leather, invented in 1858, is tanned using chromium sulfate and other chromium salts. It is more supple and pliable than vegetable-tanned leather and does not discolor or lose shape as drastically in water as vegetable-tanned. It is also known as wet-blue for its color derived from the chromium. More exotic colors are possible when using chrome tanning. The chrome tanning method usually only takes a day to finish, and the ease and agility of this method make it a popular choice. However there are environmental concerns with this tanning method.

Round Knife / Head Knife

The Round Leather Cutting Knife, also known as the Half Moon Knife or Head Knife, is the oldest and most traditional tool for cutting and shaping all grades of leather. It’s the tool the pros use and is featured in all guidebooks on the craft. The entire shape is used, thus distributing wear over the whole blade. The design allows a light touch on thin leather and also the ability to power-down on thick leather or multiple layers. The middle, rounded belly area is best for straight cuts (it follows a pattern, guide or template very well).

Rotery Cutter

The Roller Knife is ideal for cutting straight lines, or cutting fringe and soft leather. Contoured handle design with soft cushion for comfortable holding. Safety guard on blade section. The convenient locking device, at the finger tip, is easy to manage. The rotary cutter is well suited to use on leather, deerskin, elk skin, deerskin, paper and fabric.

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