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David Kirtley

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#1 posted 03-21-2012 04:06 AM

The washers go on a tenon and are punched out of full grain leather. Then they are stacked on and glued. Final sanding to shape. Same finish as the wood.

I personally prefer metal hoops on mine or just plain wood. Plain wood for paring chisels and metal for any that are going to get whacked on a regular basis. They just hold up a lot better. For steel ones, the easy way is to plan for them by cutting a tenon sized to fit rings cut from tubing. EMT works ok. My favorite ones were when I had picked up piece of brass pipe at the scrap yard and turned them down after mounting them on the handle.

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