New Trial Pricing Structure

Hi all, I’ve just launched a new pricing structure where you decide on what to pay me! Sounds mad? Well, maybe, yes, but I’m putting my faith in you, and everyone else I make things for. You’re all really nice people and I’m confident you’ll do what’s right!

I’m also doing this as a trial for just one product to start with. If it works then I’ll slowly roll it out for all my products.

So, I decided to try it with my billhook sheaths first. Here’s how it works…

Basically, I want to be fair to you and me, and offer different amounts that you can pay me. You decide how much! I appreciate that some people have more spare money than others, especially in the world of billhook users! And I find that most of these folk are really lovely people, so I can trust that you and them will choose the price that suits best.

  • Price 1 – The Lowest Price – If a customer doesn’t have much disposable income then they can choose this price. This covers material costs for me, plus enough for postage and my lunch! I get nothing for the hours spent cutting out, dying, sewing, etc. But that’s ok because I’m confident that someone else will help out by choosing a higher price!
  • Price 2 – A bit more
  • Price 3 – The Middle Price – This is the ideal price I’d like to sell my sheaths at. I think it’s fair and puts me and my customer as roughly equal-earners, based on material costs and the time it takes me to hand-make the item.
  • Price 4 – A bit more
  • Price 5 – The Highest Price – If I’m paid this amount I would be very grateful, as would those people who can only afford to pay the lowest price. The extra allows me to offer the lower price to, for example, hard-working coppice workers who earn very little for the good they are doing for woodland habitats! Thank you! It also helps me out a little more too. A bit like giving me a tip!

So, there you have it. What do you think? Makes sense? Still think I’m mad? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.

My billhook sheaths come in 4 different flavours. Here’s a link to them (and the new prices) in my Etsy store. I’d really appreciate you passing this on to anyone that may be interested.

Thanks for reading!

Happy New Year Sale!

15% off my Leather Items in my Etsy Shop

I’m running a sale for the rest of January on all the items I have in stock in my Etsy shop! These are the READY TO POST items. Here’s a few examples:

Italian Leather Tote Bags:
Pocket knives and pouches

Joseph Rodgers Pocket Knife:
Whitby Pocket Knife:
George Wostenholm Pruning Knife:
Whitby Large Pocket Knife:

Pocket notebook and phone case:
Necklace knife:
Rite in the Rain Notepad:
Green A5 Luxury British Oak Bark Tanned Leather Notebook Cover:
Mora carving knives:
Brown A4 Luxury British and Italian Leather Notebook Cover:
Coin or Guitar Pick Pouch Leather Keyring:
Leather Moleskine or Leuchtturm Cover Pocket Size Notebook:
Rectangular Coin Purse:
Leather Cover for a Pocket Size A6 Journal Notebook:
Leather Jotter Pad for A6 card and paper:

…plus lots more!…

Head over to my shop here and look for the items that say “15% off”!

Here’s to a Happy 2022. I reckon it could actually be a good one!

Pocket Knives and Pouches

I’ve had a variety of pocket knives for over a year now. I was meaning to sell them sooner but didn’t get time to make pouches for them until recently. So here they are, ready to buy from my Etsy shop!

These are all EDC (Every Day Carry) knives, meaning that they are fine to carry with you in public as the blades are less than 3 inches long and non-locking.

George Wostenholm knife, made in Sheffield

This knife is the most expensive knife, seeing as it’s actually made in the UK! Non-locking blade less than 3 inches, so safe to carry in the pouch. The pouch either fits in your pocket or attaches to your belt. Available to buy from my Etsy store.

American Buck Ridgeway knife

Another EDC knife. Very stylish with a beautiful wooden handle. Available to buy from my Etsy store.

Whitby olive wood penknife

A very simple and sleek design with smooth wooden handle and non-locking EDC blade. Available to buy from my Etsy store.

Whitby lambs foot shape carbon steel blade

Another EDC blade. Beautiful feel and a blade that can easily be kept sharp. Available to buy from my Etsy store.

Whitby slip joint knife with drop point blade

This knife has a nice chunky and contoured handle. Very useful for a good grip when out in the wet weather. EDC blade, so good to carry with you at all times. Available to buy from my Etsy store.

Italian leather

I decided to make all of these pouches from two different coloured Italian veg-tanned leathers – Amber and Cognac. The Cognac has a lovely antiqued look about it. The amber will develop a darker patina over time. The leather is 2 to 3 mm thick and very durable, but with a subtle non-stiff feel, making it easy to insert and remove your knife without it being overly tight.

I’d be happy to make a bespoke pouch to fit your knife too, either from similar Italian leather or from a firmer British leather. Drop me an email ([email protected]) and we can discuss your requirements.

Please note: I can’t sell knives to people under 18 years old as this is illegal in the UK.

Chef’s Canvas Knife Roll Lovingly Hand-Made by Dad!

This chef is someone very dear to me – he’s my son!

He’s currently training in college to be a chef and when he asked me if I could make him a knife roll I jumped at the challenge!

I thought I’d try working with canvas for this project. The edges have been bound with red leather. The main section holding the knives is made with leather. It rolls up and is held closed with two straps, and can be carried with a sturdy handle and shoulder strap.

To be honest this is likely to be the only knife roll I make from canvas. The main reason is that because I do all the stitching by hand it took far longer than if it were just leather. It took me about a week to make so any future ones would be pretty pricey!

Making Tool Sheaths

Here’s a little insight into how I manage to make tool covers fit perfectly, without having the tool in hand (apologies for the double entendres in this post! ) .

In this example my customer (a roofing thatcher) has a spar hook that he uses to make the spars that hold the thatching material in place on a roof. Proper job!

He sent me a plan view photo of his tool (snigger) with a ruler in sight.

I then scale the image up on my laptop screen until the ruler matches reality.

Then I trace around it. Simple eh!?

Obviously I have to allow a little as perspective/wide-angle lenses can change the shape slightly but so far I’ve had no problems.

And here’s the final cover, completely hand-cut and hand-stitched, finished with natural oils and beeswax. I’ve attached a flap and press stud to hold it in place.

At first the tool will be a tight fit but over time the sheath will stretch and mould to the shape of the hook.

Drop me a line if you’d like to get a quote for a cover for your tool ?