Burnishing our leather edges is going to slick the edges of our leather project. Just look at the edges of a holster, knife sheath or a high-end handbag. We will notice gorgeous, rounded edges that are slicked, and many times have an edge paint or edge coat added. A leather burnisher is an easy tool to purchase and will add a professional level to the edges of our leather project.
The leather edge groover can be used to drop in a groove line for accent or decoration on our leather projects. We can use a deeper groove line to guide our stitching chisel or to stitch leather and it acts as protective groove for the stitches. Edge groovers are also used when we want to create a fold line.
A leather bevel will let us knock off the hard top edge on both front and back of our leather project. The sharp metal blade on the leather bevel tool lets us slide it at an angle and cut the square edge corners from our leather project.
The leather burnishing tool sometimes called a leather edger, is used to slick or burnish the leather edges on our project.
There are many leather edge treatment recipes that a person can use to slick their leather and they work great. Here are three options.
We can use water to slick the leather edges of your project. It works great.
Beeswax works nicely for slicking leather edges.
Tokonole Burnishing Gum is a water based alternative to gum tragacanth, and our team can attest that it works beautifully to achieve smooth, glossy edges.
Saddle soap, simply apply to leather, let dry and polish with a soft cloth to achieve a beautiful luster.
Chuck Dorsett’s favorite thing to use for slicking his leather edges is Gum Tragacanth. Chuck realizes the benefits of using Gum Tragacanth is durability, ease of use and the quickest edge treatment to slick our leather edges.
While there are many items that you can use to burnish leather including a deer antler and canvas, we will talk about some great tools that do a terrific job.
Both tools are made just for burnishing and have a shank that allows us to put the slicker tool in our drill press or drill. It offers three grooves that will cover three weights of leather. Because the weights of leather vary, we could use a couple of different weights in each groove. There is a tapered edge and rounded edges all the way down the tool. The tool allows us to get a good slick on the smallest oblong.