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PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2018 3:04 am    Post subject: COP 357 holster Reply with quote

I posted this on the Facebook group a few days ago but just getting around to putting it on here.
After seeing Rick Howardís vintage COP holster I thought I would try and make one myself , first a made a pattern trying to stay close to the vintage holster.
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Then cut it all out , lined it with suede and stitched it together
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Wet formed it to the gun
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2018 3:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I then rounded the edges and applied some edge kotee and gave it a buff with some leather balm
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2018 3:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2018 3:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Overall happy with the result but there are a few things Iíll do different on the next leather project to save myself any issues
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2018 3:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks great!
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2018 4:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A few points you may find helpful for the next one, if I may?

For me, I would have the holster extend down to the muzzle end. This is a taste thing though.

I've found it better to avoid hard points on straps, and go with a more rounded tip. It looks tidier as it's hard to get a decent finish on a sharp end.

Stitch groovers are very unforgiving and show the slightest quirks in the line. It may be easier to go with an impressed groove, rather than an incised one. A pair of dividers is good for this.

If you do go with a incised groove, perhaps think of dying it down to avoid the sharp colour contrast.

I personally would round the corners of the belt loop. Also, I've found it better to move the belt loop into a bit more clear space, away from corners and edges.

Lastly, I would not only have used an edger on the leather but would also have burnished the leather to get a smooth finish on the edges.

Hope this is useful to you.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2018 8:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the feedback/pointers Karl much appreciated and gives me alot to bear in mind for the next time.
I tried burnishing the edges but didnít get the effect I was after I think it may be that I was using a wooden burnishing tool rather than plastic ones Iíve seen.
I think the wood tool grabs the leather abit and wasnít glassing the edges like I hoped.
I agree with the pointed edge on the strap I was copying a design from a photo that had a point on the strap but upon completion the rounded tip would be More tidy and easier to finish.
My text try-out will be for a holster for a 1911 I have so will have chance to put your advise in to practice
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2018 9:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice mate I say that because I never worked with leather and stitching it either.
I love the fact that you designed your holster for a Cop (never seen one done before).
And thanks to Skin-Job for those tips...always useful Wink
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2018 1:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For the edges, wood or plastic is fine. I use both.
Mostly I use the handle of an ancient ivory shoe horn.
You can use a sharpie barrel, anything will work. It isn't the burnishing tool that does the job on its own.
You need something called Gum Tragacanth. It's a thick liquid, and you smear it sparingly onto the edge with a fingertip. Wait a minute or two, then burnish with anything smooth. The heat and friction will slick the edges down smooth.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 6:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Again many thanks Karl, Iíll get some of that gum stuff for my leather kit
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