Tools … going bad

How many punches do people expect to get out of a $20 stand alone hole punch?  I believe this is close, if not it:

I’ve been punching cow suede on one of the 3/4″ self repairing rubber pads with a rawhide mallet.  I did 20 layers x 2.  Then I made it another 10 layers for my 3rd hole before the tool was not able to punch anymore.  I was saving time and doing 3 layers a shot, then two, then just one before it failed.

  •  Was my doing more than one layer the issue for dullness?
  • Can I sharpen these some how myself?

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