Button studs

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does anyone use button studs ? I’m not sure what size would be correct for 8-9 oz leather and what size hole to use. I tried a few and it was a disaster ! Holes are either too big or too small or end up too loose and not holding. Really dont want to use snaps. Any help is good help !

John
 

knifeleather

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I use the studs from Springfield Leather (5/16 stud) with a 1/4 hole, works great! My retention straps are about 5oz
 

Horsewright

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I use both from Weaver and Springfield. I prefer the screw in ones over the rivets. 1/4" holes and here's a cool little trick. For the slot for the hole use a1/2" wood chisel. Very consistent.
 
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Dave that chisel idea is cool . No more knife slip and screwin up the slot. I like the screws also but the buttons i have are a weird size but they do ok. I found that if you lightly feed a 3/8 center cut end mill about a 1/16” or slightly deeper in the screw side of the leather it will allow the screw to be below the surface then i cut a thin sliver off of a 3/8” plug from a punch and glue it to the screw head. Almost invisible and no marring to the knife. Ill order some buttons as you mentioned.
Thanks

John
 
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You want to get the proper slotted punch for the hole,

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