From Reddit –
Ordered these a while ago, they came in quicker than I had expected so they sat on my bench for a while, due to being busy with a home improvement project (http://imgur.com/a/JIoHN story for another day) and not actually having a clicker press or modded shop press. Well I made some headway on my floors, went out and bought a 12 ton shop press and finally used my dies.
Each die was the minimum die price of $35.
Shipping from TX to WA was $15.
Total of $87.45
I ordered and paid 8/17 dies arrived 8/24.
I sent back and forth about 10 emails to the general email address and it was the owner (I think) who was also the guy making my dies. Each one was answered quickly. (Big plus for me personally)
The die result is I’d say 99% accurate to the original design which is definitely good enough for me.
They came with the sharp edge painted, but after a couple cuts through some thick scrap, the paint came off revealing the edge, and it cuts nice thin leather like butter now.
I got other estimates that were $60 and $90 for the designs you see there, from Weaver and Texas Custom.
I can’t say with 100% certainty. I CAN say that I think my 12 ton press is way overkill for normal leather. I was going back and forth between the 6 and 12 ton shop presses at Harbor Freight. In hindsight I bet I could have gotten away with the 6.
I just sent a message to Randy to see what he recommends. I have a piece that a die would be perfect for, but I’m running out of room in my shop as it is. I’d rather have a tabletop something I can store when not in use.
I’m interested as well. I think a 6 ton press might be in my near future, I’m just trying to figure out how the ram mates with the Die and doesn’t destroy it.
The ram never contacts the die, it contacts a steel or cast iron plate that you put between it to distribute the force, like so http://imgur.com/a/ZeB2A
a 1 ton arbor won’t be enough.. less because of the pressure and more about the way that it’s applied. It’s a straight linear press, so how hard you press down is cranked. With a good press you either have a ratcheting system (like the bench hydraulic presses) or an offset wheel to give proper leverage.
Ontop of that, the amount of space around the actual press on an arbor is so tiny that you’re essentially cutting out the piece of leather to click almost the same size as your die. and then you will still need to “click” it ~4-6 times around the circumference to make sure the entire thing has gone through.
I mean, you might actually spend more time than cutting out by hand that way.
Definitely going to use these for my first dies. I’ve seen a couple makers (including Peter Nitz) who have said they use a hammer or mallet with the dies too. That’s probably how I’ll go as I’m largely an apartment warrior.