Strap Cutter

Here is a neat trick shown to me by Larry Moskiewicz.  The purpose is to make sure that the wooden strap cutter does not wander off too easily when you cut straps for horse tack or belts or any other strapping.

By gluing a 1/4″ wide strip of cardboard into the tool, the bar holding the blade is swung slightly, which gives the blade a very slight angle to the cutting direction so that it forces the leather strap being cut, against the guide handle.

I think the photos explain themselves well, but I will show you a close-up or two:

Here you can see the edge of the piece of card board – it is just about 1/16″ thick and 1/4″ wide.

From another angle you can see the piece of cardboard just about showing behind the bar holding the blade.

The next photo shows the same angle, but the bar holding the blade has been drawn back into the handle to expose the piece of cardboard.

This small modification makes one of the simplest tools to use, even more effective than it already is.

11 thoughts on “Strap Cutter”

  1. Thanks so much for posting this tip. I’m always struggling with keeping the leather flush with the side of the cutter and this method makes it much easier!

  2. beste johan
    zou jij mij kunnen vertellen waar die mesjes van de cutter
    in nederland te koop zijn?????
    bij voorbaat dank. gert van den akker

  3. Gert,
    Jammer ek antwoord nou eers.
    Daar is ‘n Tandy winkel in Engeland en een in Spanje wat die lemmetjies verkoop. Die item nommer by Tandy is 3081-00. Jy behoort dit online te kan bestel.
    Johan.

  4. Fantastic post however I was wanting to know if you could write
    a litte more on this topic? I’d be very thankful if you could elaborate a little bit further.
    Appreciate it!

  5. The easiest tool to cut belts, harness and tack straps up to 4″ wide with. This cutter has two bars that flt any weight leather for perfect cuts every time. One blade included. Replacement blades- see Tandy #3081-00

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