Olfa BTC-1 Leathercraft Cutting Tool 43mm Utility Cutter Leather Working Skiving Knife, with Removable Blade, to Cut & Skive Leatherwork
This Olfa utility knife is perfect for cutting and skiving leather, can be adjusted for left and right handed people, a great addition to your leathercraft tool set. Replacement blades available.
You're looking at a brand new Olfa skiving knife used for leathercraft. this outstanding knife is excellent for draw cutting, skiving, or punching straight lines in almost any kind of leather. This indispensable leather tool comes with a double edge blade to last twice as long, just remove the metal safety sheath (comes standard with knife), unscrew the bolt, remove the bolster, remove the blade and flip it around before reassembling.
This blade is made of high quality steel and is quite easily sharpened on a sharpening stone. But unlike fixed blade skiving knives, replacement blades are available.
To cut leather simply place your leather onto a quality purpose made cutting mat, then insert the appropriate corner of the blade into your leather and pull the knife towards you, twisting the blade in the direction you wish to cut. Please ensure your blade is cutting the mat as well as your leather to ensure control and reduce the risk of slippage. When turning the knife around corners while cutting, pitch the handle of the knife away from you for more control, and when cutting in straight lines pitch the handle of the blade towards you for straighter lines and more efficient cutting.
For skiving place your leather flesh side up with the edge you wish to skive facing away from you on a hard surface the blade cannot cut, such as glass. Holding the knife with the bevel facing upwards and the edge of the blade facing in the same direction of the edge of the leather, or at a slight angle as preferred, cut your leather outwards or across from where you would like the skive to begin straight through to the edge of the leather.
Made from high impact plastic, the handle can withstand the impact of a wooden mallet quite well.