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Ken Jay




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PostPosted: Wed 17 Feb, 2010 10:15 am    Post subject: Leather handle wraps         Reply with quote

I have 12-14 wooden handles (3.75-4") from older Atrim swords that I am looking to have wrapped in leather. Any one know who I might contact for such a job? Thanks!
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PostPosted: Wed 17 Feb, 2010 12:41 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Do it yourself. It really isnīt that hard. And after finishing all 14, you are really good at it.

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PostPosted: Wed 17 Feb, 2010 1:14 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

The first person who pops into mind is Christian Fletcher, since he has quite a bit of experience with ATrims in particular, and he offers a fairly wide range of options. Plus, you can just send him the grips without the blade, which will make a huge difference in shipping costs.
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PostPosted: Wed 17 Feb, 2010 1:19 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I bet Art Elwell could do this for you --- http://www.arts-swords.com -
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Josh MacNeil




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PostPosted: Wed 17 Feb, 2010 1:34 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I would second Felix' suggestion. Leather wrapping a sword handle takes a bit of practice, like anything else, but is really fun to do and saves you money. You could start with simple leather cord wraps, or use low cost chamois and Kiwi leather dye; both of which you can get at any Wal-Mart.

But if you would rather have it done professionally, there are plenty of skilled craftsmen out there. Brian Kunz of DBK Custom Swords does beautiful grip work. Here's the link to his sight: http://www.dbkcustomswords.com/index.html

Hope this helps Happy

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Ron Reuter




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PostPosted: Wed 17 Feb, 2010 4:19 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Ken,

If you would like to see at least what is involved in wrapping a wood handle with a leather grip I have a bit of a tutorial on my site at.

http://www.yeoldegaffers.com/project_grip_2.asp

They are a bit of work, but very rewarding.

Ron
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Ken Jay




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PostPosted: Thu 18 Feb, 2010 12:26 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks for all the replies. Great info on who to go to and especially how to do it myself!
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Toke Krebs Niclasen




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PostPosted: Thu 18 Feb, 2010 12:44 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Ron Reuter wrote:
Ken,

If you would like to see at least what is involved in wrapping a wood handle with a leather grip I have a bit of a tutorial on my site at.

http://www.yeoldegaffers.com/project_grip_2.asp

They are a bit of work, but very rewarding.

Ron


Thank you, that is some very useful tutorials there.
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