List of Basic Leather Working Tools

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List of Basic Leather Working Tools
You need the right basic tools to begin leather working. (leather belts image by timur1970 from

If you are beginning a hobby, you need a core set of basic tools to be successful. Other tools can be added as you need them, but without your basic tools, you will not be able to start your new craft. Leather working is no different. You should be able to tackle most leather working tasks with basic leather working tools.


A pair of strong sewing scissors are needed for trimming edges as well as for making accurate cuts through light leather.

Utility Razor Blade

A basic utility razor blade with triangular replaceable blade is needed for small details and cuts. A utility razor blade is a more accurate tool than scissors.


A square is used to draw and cut a square edge or right angle in the leather. The square should be made of aluminium or stainless steel to prevent it from being damaged or broken during use.

Edge Beveler

The edge beveler can be used to carve designs into the leather as well as to trim or round the edges of the leather. Edge bevelers come in very narrow to very wide designs for the blade. Choose a medium edge for use as a core tool in your leather working toolbox.


A straightedge can be used for measuring as well as marking a line and guiding a cut in the leather. Like a square, the best straightedges are made of steel or aluminium.

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