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    Best way to punch a hole in a leather strap?

    Hey all, I've got a few leather straps that are too large and need some new holes. In the past, I've taken a tiny screwdriver and punched the whole that way. However, that's always messy and never looks clean afterwards. As these are high quality straps, I'd like the job to look nice.

    Thanks in advance.
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    Re: Best way to punch a hole in a leather strap?

    Take a look at this

    http://m.homedepot.com/p/General-Too...s-72/100349258

    For least than $8 you'll have a job well done :)

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    Re: Best way to punch a hole in a leather strap?

    Great idea! However those look like they'd make huge holes!

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    Re: Best way to punch a hole in a leather strap?

    I take them to my local shoe repair shop, and the gal there makes perfect extra holes for a buck a piece.

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    Re: Best way to punch a hole in a leather strap?

    This one maybe a bit more refined and better suited for making additional wholes in watch straps......

    http://www..........s.com/item/Brand...08.8.47.sBZdcd

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    Re: Best way to punch a hole in a leather strap?

    There's quite an assortment of leather punches on Amazon, some of them specifically for watch straps.

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    Re: Best way to punch a hole in a leather strap?

    Quote Originally Posted by MercifulFate View Post
    Great idea! However those look like they'd make huge holes!
    I bought the hole punch tool at Home Depot that hurkoj provided a link to in his post. The tool has multiple sizes, the smallest being 2mm which seems to be the most common hole size for straps. I used it on a strap I ordered without pre-punched holes and the result was perfect. It's worth the $8 even if you only use it a few times, just do a few practice tries on an old strap or piece of leather to get the feel of it.

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    Re: Best way to punch a hole in a leather strap?

    Sounds good then! I'll have to try it. I have 5 Christopher Ward leather straps to make holes for, haha

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    Re: Best way to punch a hole in a leather strap?

    All the leather hole punch tools I found wouldn't punch a small enough hole so one time I used an old Panerai strap tube I had laying around and a hammer, worked great!

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    Re: Best way to punch a hole in a leather strap?

    I bought the tool and the smallest size (2mm) matched perfectly with the holes that came with the strap. It didn't punch as cleanly as the ones that came but it did the job MUCH better than I could have done with a nail and hammer or something of the sorts. Thanks for the recommendation, I'm very happy!

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