Maker's Mark

Discussion in 'Sheaths & Such' started by Chris 54326, Oct 6, 2020.

  1. Chris 54326

    Chris 54326

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    Sep 13, 2017
    How do you press your maker's mark in sheaths? I know I can take a 5# hammer and "whack" the mark in cased leather. How professional the results are will depend on how much rest I got the night before. (now that I don't drink, a hangover wouldn't be an issue) Then there is the Arbor Press. Nice, neat, clean, proper registration and uniform depth. Very professional. (don't own one and don't have any idea what tonnage it would take) Then, of course, there is the old standby H-frame hydraulic press. Mine is a 20 ton press from Harbor Freight. Needless to say 20 tons is far too much pressure for a delicate material like leather.............but it WILL work and I already own it. With no gauges there's no way to really reliably figure out when enough is enough. So what do you use to get consistently professional indentions in your sheaths and other leather working projects?
     
  2. Horsewright

    Horsewright KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 4, 2011
    I use Thor, for maker's mark and punches:

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    Also a branding iron:

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  3. willrise

    willrise Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 9, 2003
    Click bate thought weez were talking about drinking :) carry on . I do love good leather sheaths as well!
     
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  4. Chris 54326

    Chris 54326

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    Sep 13, 2017
    Ha-ha, willrise, I had to re-read my title to understand. Before I quit drinking, Makers Mark and Crown Royal Vanilla were my "go to" bottles. :rolleyes:

    Dave, I take it "Thor" is your mallet. ??
     
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  5. Horsewright

    Horsewright KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 4, 2011
    Yes indeed, it’s a huge one by Barry King. It’s like four pounds or something. We have a modified arbor press that holds my stamp for the knives but ya still whack it and a 20 ton air over hydraulic that we use for die cutting spurstraps and some sheaths but for leather I just use Thor. Really starting to like that branding iron though as it works on all types of leather, not just veg tan.
     
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  6. Chris 54326

    Chris 54326

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    Sep 13, 2017
    Yup, that brand looks nice.
     
  7. Chris 54326

    Chris 54326

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    Sep 13, 2017
    Got my maker's mark stamp ordered tonight. Bought a handle with it so I can make a decision as to whether I prefer hammering it into the leather or pressing in under my hydraulic press.

    Here's my proof from the maker of the stamps.

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  8. Horsewright

    Horsewright KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 4, 2011
    That looks great!
     
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  9. Chris 54326

    Chris 54326

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    Sep 13, 2017
    Got an email just a few minutes ago saying my makers mark stamp is packaged and headed out tomorrow. Sent me a tracking number. :thumbsup:
     
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  10. 000Robert

    000Robert Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 28, 2020
    Even though I only make sheaths and holsters for myself and family, I'm going to order a makers mark next month so that my stuff looks more professional.
     
  11. Chris 54326

    Chris 54326

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    Sep 13, 2017
    Maker's Mark came in today and I couldn't be more pleased with it. The company I purchased it from is really good to work with. If I ever need another, I'll use them.
     
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  12. 000Robert

    000Robert Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 28, 2020
    Where did you have your Maker's Mark made at? I'm getting mine from Steel Stamps USA. They are really great people to work with also.
     
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  13. 000Robert

    000Robert Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 28, 2020
    I received my Maker's Mark yesterday. It looks nice, and is a big hunk of steel! But it doesn't work very well with a mallet. I guess I'll need to get a press for it to make it look real good.
    I don't have a real huge mallet. I figure that the money I would spend on a huge mallet would be better spent towards a decent 2 or 3 ton press.
     
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  14. Horsewright

    Horsewright KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 4, 2011
    Got some pics?
     
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  15. neo71665

    neo71665

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    Feb 18, 2020
    A deadblow hammer works pretty good and can be found easily. Heck wal mart has them
     
  16. 000Robert

    000Robert Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 28, 2020
    Maker's Mark-6a.jpg
    Sure, Dave. Sorry.
    Edited to change a photo to one that I took with my camera on the stand.

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  17. Chris 54326

    Chris 54326

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    Sep 13, 2017
    Wow, that looks like a nice one. Any thoughts about how you are going to keep it from rusting?
     
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  18. 000Robert

    000Robert Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 28, 2020
    Thanks! It is nice. I will treat like I would a knife since it is carbon steel after all. I will keep it oiled when I am not using it. Then when I need to use it I will clean the oil off with 99% alcohol. Then reoil it when I am finished using it. I'm going to find a nice case to keep it in and put some custom cut foam in it.
     
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  19. Chris 54326

    Chris 54326

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    Sep 13, 2017
    Good for you. Glad you are headed that way. I'd sure hate to see that purdy thing all rusty.
     
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