Where can I get a good hole puncher for leather straps?

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    Where can I get a good hole puncher for leather straps?

    I tried looking in Amazon, and they've got an assortment of hole punchers, mostly with a rotating head of 6 sizes of punchers. I question the sturdiness of these and really only need 1 size. As for the size of the holes I'm looking for, I tried measuring them with a ruler, and it looks like they're just a hair under 2 mm. If there is such a thing as a standard size strap hole, that's what I'm looking for. Amazon has something 1.5 mm, but I wonder if that's too small. Any recommendations? The straps I have are 3-4 mm thick. Cheap but sturdy would be nice. Thanks!
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    Re: Where can I get a good hole puncher for leather straps?

    Look on eBay for leather hole punches that are post style, not scissor style like what you saw. Sort the items to show cheapest price+shipping first and make a decision from there. The post style ones are very sturdy and will last forever if you take care of them - just use them on an appropriate surfact (poly board, etc) and never hit a metal tool with a metal hammer - use a rawhide or composite mallet.

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    Re: Where can I get a good hole puncher for leather straps?

    +1 on the pst style punches. However, if you find an old rotary punch labeled "Craftsman" and "Made in England" either buy it or let me know where it is. They are great punches that do last forever. I've got two that are both 20-30 years old.
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    Re: Where can I get a good hole puncher for leather straps?

    Is this an example what you guys mean as a "post" style punch?

    NEW! STRAP HOLE PUNCH & LINK PIN REMOVER WATCH TOOL T15 | eBay

    Do you just hold the whole thing over the strap and hit your hand over it? The plier type seems like it would be more refined, doesn't it?
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    Re: Where can I get a good hole puncher for leather straps?

    Arts and Craft stores have them. I go mine there and it was about 8 or 10 bucks.
    Looks like this. Works fine.



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    Re: Where can I get a good hole puncher for leather straps?

    I prefer the rotary/scissor style punches for strap holes because they let me be real precise. I can hold it up in the air(right in front of aging eyes) and in the light. I can hold it in place with very light pressure while making sure I'm in the exact right spot. Then when I'm sure its all perfect, I give it the final squeeze. Also the lack of hammering keeps the wife happy.

    Another tip, I often will tack low tack masking tape, stick it on and peel it off my skin once or twice to make it even lower tack. Then I stick it on the strap and I'm able to make marks exactly where needed.
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