SIMPZIA DIY Leather Working Tools Kit, 131-Piece

Last updated date: September 17, 2020

DWYM Score
9.0

SIMPZIA DIY Leather Working Tools Kit, 131-Piece

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Overall Take

With 131 pieces, this set is ideal for getting started with leather projects. You'll get a stamping kit, 60 set snaps and rivets, an A4 cutting mat, a leather punching board, a skiving knife, stitching tools and more. The rivets aren't included, so you'll need to purchase those separately. In our analysis of 14 expert reviews, the SIMPZIA SIMPZIA DIY Leather Working Tools Kit, 131-Piece placed 3rd when we looked at the top 8 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note September 16, 2020:
Checkout The Best Leather Working Tools for a detailed review of all the top leather working tools.

Expert Summarized Score
9.9
2 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.8
111 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
It’s a great kit to buy if you want to dip your toes in the water to find out if you’re interested in this hobby.
- Tactile Hobby
What experts didn't like
It doesn’t include rivets, so if you want to make accessories like belts and bracelets that require them, you will have to purchase them separately.
- Tactile Hobby

From The Manufacturer

The A4 cutting mat strong and durable to protect your blade, tables or work areas. The punching board protect the prong punch, hole punch, and other leather tools.

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An Overview On Leather Working Tools

Leather has been a part of people’s wardrobes for centuries, so it’s no surprise that leatherwork has a long history, too. But this work requires specialized tools.

If you’ve ever punched an extra hole to tighten a too-big belt, you likely know just how hard it is to cut through leather. But you don’t always have to punch all the way through leather to do leatherwork. In fact, there are tools that will help you create designs on the surface.

One popular way to make designs on leather is stamping. This process creates a 3D-like effect on the leather in the form of shapes, numbers or letters. There’s also carving, which lets you add more detail to your leather. You’ll often use a swivel knife for carving — an ideal practice for artists. Stamping is a great place to start if you just want to learn, or if you don’t feel comfortable creating shapes from scratch. Stamping tools already have the design built in, so no drawing skill is required.

There are some basic tools you’ll need to get started with your leatherwork. Obviously, a hole punch is something to always have on hand, especially if you’ll be making belts out of strips of leather. But there are a few other basics that you can add later as you become more comfortable with your craft, such as:

  • Stamping tools with shapes, letters and numbers
  • Stitching tool for grooving edges
  • Swivel knife for carving
  • Rivets for embellishment
  • Mat and hammer for making holes
  • Case for storing everything

Some leatherwork kits go beyond embellishing leather. You’ll find some that some even come with repair tools. A thread and needle can help if you have a belt with thread built in and that thread unravels. But you can also use the tools for repairs on fabrics, mattresses, comforters and other items.

DWYM Fun Fact

Humans have relied on animals for food and clothing throughout history. In fact, primitive man spent much of his time hunting animals and preparing them to eat. While doing so, these hunters would save the hides to use for clothing, footwear and shelter in the form of tents.

Vegetable-tanned leather can be traced back to Ancient Greece, when the Greeks created tanning formulas that allowed hides to be used for military equipment and gear, as well as clothing and footwear. By the 1700s, industrialization brought increased demand for leather that could be used as belts for machinery. From there, manufacturers began finding ways to create softer leather in varying shades to meet consumer demand.

The Leather Working Tool Buying Guide

  • Leatherwork requires a very specific type of leather. You’ll want to look for vegetable-tanned leather, which has the pliability necessary for carving. Other types of modern leather have oils and wax on the surface, creating a finish that tools have difficulty penetrating.
  • By buying a leatherwork kit, you’ll have everything you need in one place. This is great especially for beginners, as it helps you hone your craft without having to stop to purchase a new tool every time you want to try something new.
  • Some kits come with a plastic case, which can be handy for storing everything. But keep in mind that these are built specifically for the tools included with it. As you add to your collection, you’ll have the issue of not having anywhere to store your newer purchases. Plastic boxes, a rollaway cart or a caddy could give you room to grow. If you’re really serious about it, you might want to set up a workspace and use something like a magnetic tool strip to hold things.
  • Not all toolkits come with rivets. Even if they do, you’ll be limited on style and variety. If you want to embellish your leather pieces, consider buying some rivets to keep on hand.
  • If your leather kit comes with threads, check the colors that are included. You’ll likely need neutral colors more than anything. Browns and tans are especially useful.
  • For those who are new to leatherwork, it can be nice to have a kit that includes a “getting started with leatherwork” guide. But even if it doesn’t, you can find plenty of tutorials and instructional videos online.
  • As with any toolkit, the tools included in leather sets may not always be of the highest quality. Make sure that you’re getting top-quality steel and good handles with your set. You won’t want it falling apart soon after using it.