So I’ve now started treatment, and things are going pretty well! I will be periodically adding stuff to my shop that is already made and ready to ship. Basically, I will be in the shop here and there and since I can’t really commit to making things to order, this will be the only way to get stuff for probably the next few months. These will be sort of “special” stuff, using different leathers and trying to make some interesting, more unique pieces available. I will do my best to add new stuff every two weeks or so, mostly small knife rolls and probably some wallets.
To start it off, I’ve been trying out this tumbled cowhide over the last couple months, and I’ve sort of fallen in love. It is super thick, yet super soft with a distinctive pebble grain. I’ve got brown and black, just a couple rolls of each color available. The brown has a strap made of dark brown horween chromexcel, and the black rolls strap is made of heavy duty oil tanned cowhide. Makes a hell of a knife roll! These are available for $119 each, and have the same set up as my normal small roll, except that the black ones actually have an extra inch of overall width, and slightly roomier pockets. They will be available later today at jawleathergoods.com/shop. Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions! Also, keep your eyes peeled for other cool stuff, I’ll do my best to keep it interesting.
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Quite a bit of new stuff coming soon! I’m finally done with Chemo, and hopefully don’t have any more treatment ahead, I find out tomorrow. Anyways, I have been in the process of finding a new leather supplier as my previous supplier became unfortunately impossible to deal with, and unable to keep up with demand. So, all bags and large items will now be available in a beautiful dark brown pull-up leather (as pictured on the knife rolls), and a lighter “honey” colored pull up leather (as seen on the carry-all bag and wallet), as well as black in the same style of leather probably in a couple weeks. I’m very happy with this leather, and it is very similar to the leather I was using previously, except that it has a more dramatic pull-up when the leather is flexed. It is very beautiful in person, and really has an old world style to it.
Also, starting now-ish, I will be introducing a new Carry-all design, with a handle. It will be available in the pictured leathers, as well as black pretty soon. The bag pictured here is a little different than the final design will be, and it is available for $279, shoot me an email for more pics and info at Jawleathergoods@gmail.com. The wallet in this leather will also be available with 4 card slots and a large bill slot for $60 starting soon.
I’m very excited about this new leather, and new designs! I should have a full range of products in three colors, including an upcoming backpack, and overnight bag over the next few weeks, between filling current orders. Thank you all for your continued support, and patience! Feel free to email me with questions or comments at JAWLeatherGoods@gmail.com.
Haven’t been able to post much recently, have been super busy. Got a few cool things in the works, and have been working on some awesome custom projects.
Horween Golden tan Dublin knife roll:
Dublin is a waxed vegetable tanned leather from Horween Tannery in Chicago. It has a very rustic look, and strong pull up. This roll is absolutely georgeous. Currently available for $295 +shipping. Email me at JAWLeatherGoods@gmail.com for details.
This is a custom double gusset tote I made for a customer recently made completely out of Horween Chromexcel horsehide:
I also have this carry-on size travel bag available right now. Made of beautiful American tanned “English” Bridle Leather with veg tan horsehide straps. Inside has large zip pocket same as the outside one, and two more small pockets for incidentals:
Price is $295 shipped in the USA. Email me at JAWLeatherGoods@gmail.com. Perfect for your upcoming summer travels!
As always, shoot me an email with any questions, comments, concerns, gripes, nice things, etc.
One of the things that I like most about leather is how many different types there are. There are literally hundreds of different ways to achieve a preserved hide, and this allows the maker to (occasionally) have a field day trying out different leathers for different purposes. Recently I got my hands on some front quarter horsehide from Horween tannery.
Horsehide is fascinating because it falls into three distinct, and very different categories. You have Shell cordovan, which comes from the butt and is very very dense, yet still very pliable making it excellent for shoes and assorted small leather goods like wallets and card holders. Above the Cordovan, the hip section is a long narrow piece that is thicker than the Shells, yet not as dense. It is a completely different leather but is fantastic for boots, wallets, even small bags. Now when you get above the hip section of the horse, you get the “front quarters,” which are much lighter in weight, and are extremely soft and supple making it perfect leather for jackets, since it is stronger than cowhide of equal weight. It is truly beautiful leather, and perfect for an all leather knife roll, which is something I’ve had on the back burner for a while now.
It’s not clear whether I will continue to make these, it really depends on the demand. Let me know what you all think, and shoot me an email if you are interested in one of these. They will be very limited for now, so swoop one up while you can!
Im working on some other new stuff as well, hoping to fill some gaps in my product line:
make hand crafted leather knife rolls for chefs. This is a look into the process that goes into making the rolls. This is a (heavily edited) start to finish making of a knife roll. It starts after the leather is cut, as this would have made the video far too long. Enjoy! The rolls are made using Horween Chromexcel leathers, in black or brown and are available at JAWLeatherGoods.com. Please support small artisan craftsman instead of big companies peddling factory made garbage as “high-end” leather goods. You can find me on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/jawleathergoods, and subscribe to my blog at JAWLeather.wordpress.com. I also make a whole line of leather accessories including wallets, and bags. I also take custom orders! You can reach me at JAWLeatherGoods@gmail.com
Music credits: First song – Trans Am – the dark gift (off of The Red LIne)
Second Song – Lies and Deceit – Blackout
Few new things in the JAW Leather Goods world, our small leather knife roll is now available in natural as stated before, theres a little nicer photo.
Also have some new card holders becoming available for purchase. Available in natural vegetable tanned calfskin for $39.00, and brown Chromexcel horsehide and natural calf pockets for $44.00. Hit me up through email, they will be in the shop soon, but not yet! Shoot me an email about custom stuff, always down for new stuff.
The JAW Leather Goods small leather knife roll is now available in natural vegetable tanned cowhide! This is exceptional leather that will gain a beautiful dark golden patina over time, like an old baseball glove. $129.00 USD, shoot me an email to swoop one up, they will be available in the shop soon.
So a while back I took some photos to document the creation of some knife rolls, I typically make them one at a time, but this was a lot of ten total, six of them brown. This is a very abridged version of how they are made. I hope to have a very detailed “how its made” post soon, but this will have to suffice for now. Anyways, enjoy!
Three small and three large knife rolls completed.
All these pieces are cut by hand, one at a time. There are eight individual pieces cut out for each large sized knife roll. The buckles have been attached to the straps, and hand stitched to secure before machine stitching.
Every slot is measured and marked one at a time by hand.
A small knife roll getting its inside pocket sewn in. The thread gets backstitched three or four times, then the ends clicked and melted to keep them from unraveling.
Each knife roll gets a hell of a lot of work put into it, and I hope this helps you all appreciate the time taken to make sure everything is perfect. Enjoy the photos, I hope to do a step by step in depth process post soon, so stay tuned!
It’s been a while since I posted some knife roll photos. First, here is Chef Jensen Lorensen’s knife roll, which is the first JAW Leather Knife Roll ever made. Still looks great! He stopped by for a busted snap, and I got rid of the straps that go across the knives, as they really serve no function, and added a little strap at top for his scissors.
And here’s a group shot of some small rolls ready to ship out:
I will be taking some photos today of a brand new large knife roll, as there are a few new changes that I think make it the most functional and beautiful knife rolls available anywhere.