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photos??

They certainly have been in stock, we have them made in batches, and they do tend to sell out either instantly or are all pre sold before they get to us, they are tricky to get hold of.




The metal is Damascus steel, its made from many many layers of different steel varieties that are folded, twisted, turned, squashed etc to form a solid billet of steel that has a grain pattern runnign through it. We have the steel etched in acid which causes some layers to darken more than others and hence show the pattern. Its a lovely metal we intend to do more work with in the future.

Charlie
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Looks like they put up the new wallets.

Yes - not totally finished but they are on the website in a complete enough form you can see the images and buy them. We plan to have all of the leather and colour options as swatches so you can pick what you want more easily. I plan to develop a couple more designs in this range and we need to get more good photos but we're getting there now.

http://www.equusleather.co.uk/accessories/equus-handstitched-wallets.html


Charlie
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Is there a difference in the goatskins you use on the new wallets and the ones used for the inner panels on the simple wallet? It appears you have a few different shades available and they are labeled differently (Chevre).
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Is there a difference in the goatskins you use on the new wallets and the ones used for the inner panels on the simple wallet? It appears you have a few different shades available and they are labeled differently (Chevre).

Yes. The goatskin we are using for everything now is French (hence is described as Chevre). Its as completely consistent as is possible with an aniline vegetable tanned leather. Its predecessor was from a tannery in England and could vary from outstanding to not really good enough, irrespective of how much money we paid for it. We prefer to buy as much of our leather in the UK as possible, but the quality of the French stuff was such it was a no brainer to change (sadly). The Simple wallets will get the same French goatskin, the photos haven't yet caught up is all. The colours for the newer leathers arent completely interchangable, but are close

Well spotted!

Charlie
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They certainly have been in stock, we have them made in batches, and they do tend to sell out either instantly or are all pre sold before they get to us, they are tricky to get hold of.




The metal is Damascus steel, its made from many many layers of different steel varieties that are folded, twisted, turned, squashed etc to form a solid billet of steel that has a grain pattern runnign through it. We have the steel etched in acid which causes some layers to darken more than others and hence show the pattern. Its a lovely metal we intend to do more work with in the future.

Charlie

Isn't the ability to make true Damascus steel lost? Is this a duplicate of the traditional look?
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Isn't the ability to make true Damascus steel lost? Is this a duplicate of the traditional look?

By the original methods yes the "recipe" is lost. You can still pattern weld billets together and forge them to make a look alike. I had two putters made from different types of Damascus. Beautiful steel.
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By the original methods yes the "recipe" is lost. You can still pattern weld billets together and forge them to make a look alike. I had two putters made from different types of Damascus. Beautiful steel.
Actually, I believe the recipe has been reverse engineered. Google 'wootz' steel.

Here is an article: http://www.tms.org/pubs/journals/jom/9809/verhoeven-9809.html
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Interesting,

 

Charlie do you know what the vanadium content (how many ppm) of your Damascus steel belts is?:sarcasm:

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Interesting,

Charlie do you know what the vanadium content (how many ppm) of your Damascus steel belts is?sarcasm.gif

Given the smiley I suspect the question is rhetorical :-)

The original damascus methods are lost in time, but theres some great work being done in the area, all sorts of interesting exotic laminated metals being made. Ive always disliked the term pattern welding, its correct but implies the pattern is surface only, the reality is it flows through the whole billet of steel. It may not be the ancient Japanese technique (or it may be, we dont know!), but its certainly a art in itself. I plan a series of buckles in them as time goes buy they are at the design stage right now but I hope we'll have them this year

Charlie
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Isn't the ability to make true Damascus steel lost? Is this a duplicate of the traditional look?

Define true. We dont know how the ancient swords where made for sure, but the modern methods are an entirely valid technique and in my (and the metalworking community) opinion stand by themselves as an art form. Theres some amazing work being done in the field at the moment

Charlie
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Having found myself creeping Equus' Instagram the last week I noticed a a fair amount of other leather workers and craftsmen praising the company's work. It's likely one of the highest forms of praise a company like Equus could receive. Sellers of "handmade" leather goods seem a dime a dozen these days, but I very much enjoy observing the work of those who produce items of true quality.

Keep up the good work. I'll admit to never having purchased from you but do have plans to do so. In the least I'm enjoying observing your work for others.
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Having found myself creeping Equus' Instagram the last week I noticed a a fair amount of other leather workers and craftsmen praising the company's work. It's likely one of the highest forms of praise a company like Equus could receive. Sellers of "handmade" leather goods seem a dime a dozen these days, but I very much enjoy observing the work of those who produce items of true quality.

Keep up the good work. I'll admit to never having purchased from you but do have plans to do so. In the least I'm enjoying observing your work for others.

Thanks for the kind words, always appreciated.

I love Instagram. Its obviously a great place to share what we do, and there are lots of our images there we dont publish elsewhere, but its also a great source of inspiration from other areas of art and craft There are some amazing Damascus makers on there, largely US based I certainly wouldnt have come across otherwise. There are also some great fashion bloggers and some great photographers. All in all probably the best social media channel around at the moment in my view

Charlie
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Agreed. I've discovered several small leather works via it. A couple I intend to buy a small item from or two in the future. Some creative and unique stuff.
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Agreed. I've discovered several small leather works via it. A couple I intend to buy a small item from or two in the future. Some creative and unique stuff.
may you share your discoveries? in PM if better or more appropriate. thanks!
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may you share your discoveries? in PM if better or more appropriate. thanks!

Yeah man, no problem. Send me a PM to remind me, but I'll send you them soon. Busy weekend. No one at Equus'level and all. Just would rather not clutter up this thread.
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