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As a leather crafter, I know firsthand the importance of having a good edger. It can make all the difference in the finished product and can be a joy to use day in and day out. That’s why I highly recommend the Kyoshin Elle #1 edger as my top pick (click here to view on Rocky Mountain Leather Supply).
Not only is it fairly priced, but it’s also made of quality materials in Japan, available in several sizes, and has a sharp blade. This edger will work very well for most day-to-day leather craft projects. However, some leather crafters may find themselves needing multiple edgers to fulfill different needs. Let’s explore why that might be.
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Kyoshin Elle #1 Edger
Tandy #2 Edge Beveler
Ron's Montana Edgers
When selecting an edger or edge beveler, it’s important to consider the following factors:
Blade size and shape: Edgers come in different sizes and shapes. It’s best to choose one that fits comfortably in your hand and suits your needs.
Blade angle: The angle of the blade determines the depth of cut. A steeper angle will remove more material, while a shallower angle will remove less. It’s important to choose an angle that suits the thickness and type of leather you’re working with.
Blade quality: A high-quality blade will stay sharp for longer and produce cleaner cuts. Look for blades made from high-carbon steel or other durable materials.
Handle material: Edgers come with wooden or plastic handles. Wooden handles are more traditional and often more comfortable to use, while plastic handles are more durable and easier to clean.
Brand and manufacturer: Not all edgers are created equal. It’s important to choose one from a reputable brand or manufacturer to ensure quality and consistency.
Remember to keep your edger sharp to ensure smooth, clean cuts. Regular maintenance and sharpening will extend the life of your tool and improve the quality of your work.
Different types of blades have different shapes. Some have a “V” shape, which makes them more pointed, while others have a “U” shape, which makes them more rounded. Some blades have a boxed edge, which gives them a more square/angled edge. Make sure to check out the links and images for more information.
When it comes to edgers, sizes can vary depending on the manufacturer. Generally, edgers are labeled with numbers such as 1, 2, 3, etc. where larger numbers remove more leather. It’s important to note that a size 1 from one manufacturer may not be the same as a size 2 from another. It’s recommended to find a manufacturer whose edgers you prefer and then obtain a range of sizes and shapes that will be most useful to you. Of course, personal preference is key, so feel free to mix and match edgers from different manufacturers.
After trying out a few different edgers, I’ve found that the Kyoshin Elle edgers (click here to view it on Rocky Mountain Leather Supply) are a great upgrade from the basic Tandy and generic #1 edgers (click here to view it on Amazon). They’re made in Japan and have consistently provided me with a smooth and reliable cutting experience. The sharpness of the blade is impressive and it feels like a fine tool in my hand.
For those looking for a top-of-the-line edger that will last a lifetime and produce exceptional results, I highly recommend Ron’s Montana Edgers (click here to see it on Rocky Mountain Leather Supply). The craftsmanship and quality of materials used in these edgers are top-notch. They’re made of fine wood, steel, and finishing materials, and the blade holds its edge exceptionally well. I’ve found that these edgers handle well and provide a seamless cutting experience.
Another exceptional option is the edgers made by Barry King. He offers a variety of sizes and blade shapes, and his tools are known for their longevity and exceptional performance He offers a veriety of sizes and blade shapes (click here to view them on his site). The edgers made by Feng are newer to the market, but they show promise and are worth considering.
Overall, edgers are an important tool for leatherworking and can make all the difference in achieving professional-looking results. I hope this helps you find the perfect edger for your needs.