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Yes, I know not strictly archery related. Also wasn't sure what category to put this in. But I know we have folks here who do leather work.

Here at our store, fenderarchery.com, we just bought one of those laser engravers so we can easily put a company label on our products. Works great for that. But this lead to thinking of other products that we could make. Just little stuff, like hair ties and key chains. My wife is always looking for jewelry and what not that is archery themed. You know, there isn't much out there like that. [frown]

Anyway for a couple of our products we've run into a problem in "product development." 

I need to cut 6"x 3" ovals, and 2" circles with nice smooth regular consistent edges. Any ideas on how to do this without spending hundreds of dollars on industrial punches or dies?

I could do something with sharpening the opening on a piece of steel pipe, but I'm cutting 10 oz veg tan. I doubt if the edge would put up with that. The pipe steel wouldn't keep an edge for any length of time.

Any ideas? Or perhaps a referral to someplace that could help with this? A company or a website or a discussion forum? 

I've done my own initial research (google searches) and it is proving to be consuming way too much time while yielding nothing.

Oh and don't be surprised when you see this on a couple of other archery sites that I go to. 

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Stencil the shape on your leather. Put a razor edge on your hunting knife. Jam hunting knife into a secure block of wood. Now draw the leather towards you like the knife is a jig saw.
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Why not create a vector drawing in CAD, for the oval you want, and then use the laser to cut it, after it’s been engraved? I use a Epilog Helix CO2 laser for my leatherwork, it cuts 10 oz leather, and leaves an almost burnished edge. Bonus is that I’ll never punch another stitching hole again :-)
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Over 900 stitching holes I didn’t have to punch out. 10 oz leather, 5 layers

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68" 60@28 John Schulz American Longbow Trophy Hunter
68" 59@28 John Schulz American Longbow - "The Favourite"
66" 55@27.5 John Schulz American Longbow - "The Short String"
66' 60@27.5 John Schulz American Longbow " The Cheetah"
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How many of these do you need?  If it's not too many to cut by hand, just make a pattern with heavy paper or cardboard and draw them on the leather with a pencil.  Cut them out with a very sharp razor knife just outside the lines then use a sanding block to edge and size them.

If you need more than you can do by hand, you will need some special tools.

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Thanks guys! I'm already using some if these methods, and I have gotten "decent" results, but rework to really finish the edge is becoming time consuming. I may have to go with it, but as these will be "production" pieces, time is a consideration.
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What are you making and how many?
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I'm making well...low $ "trinkets" hair ties and key fobs. How many? As many as we can sell of course! [smile]

The thing is we're going archery related images. May not sell at the store, but we just have a gut feeling that they would do OK when we do the vendor thing at a shoot.

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