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Check out these hand made holsters on Ebay!

Discussion in 'Handguns: Holsters and Accessories' started by ba ba booey, Jan 31, 2013.

  1. ba ba booey

    ba ba booey Well-Known Member

    Was searching for a leather iwb holster for my glock 19. Found a handmade wet molded one on ebay for 35 bucks new and shipped! Specs: one way pull the dot snaps, sweat gaurd, wet molded, 30 degree forward cant.

    Just won it for 35. Maybe should wait till it arrives to give this guy a plug, but it seems like he is just getting started and building a reputation with good quality and low prices. Link for a S and W pasted below, but 1911, glocks ect avail in his ebay store.

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  2. smalls

    smalls Well-Known Member

    Looks... cheap, it doesn't look like leather. You could do so much better for just a few bucks more.
  3. bigfatdave

    bigfatdave Well-Known Member

    not impressed based on pictures
  4. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam


    I don't think he has quite got the idea of how basketweave stamping is supposed to look.

    And he apparently doesn't realize you can't wet mold & bone a hand-tooled holster without ruining the tooling patterns.

    If the holster fits your gun, you got about what you paid for, if that.

  5. bigfatdave

    bigfatdave Well-Known Member

    I think he's using a single stamp
    It might be the mag release from a Glock, see attached photo for evidence:

    To be fair, I think basketweave is an ugly and dated pattern to start with, but this is a particularly poor rendition.
  6. ba ba booey

    ba ba booey Well-Known Member

    Yeah, the leather quality doesn't look on par with 70 dollar holsters, but I ordered it with function in mind, as it is iwb and I liked the design. I have attached the pictures of the holster I actually bought.

    Attached Files:

  7. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    I'm sure he is.

    All leather tooling stamps are single stamps.

    Thats what I use too.


  8. Skribs

    Skribs Well-Known Member

    Just out of curiosity, why make an IWB holster look pretty?
  9. bigfatdave

    bigfatdave Well-Known Member

    Skribs - I agree, there's nothing wrong with a plain IWB

    rcmodel - Really? I always thought basketweave was applied with a roller or something similar.
  10. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    It may be rolled on in production line holsters & belts.

    But hand-tooling means just that.

    Each mark in the design is applied one at a time with a single hand stamp to wet leather.
    But once done, you can't hand bone the wet leather to fit a gun without ruining the hand tooling.


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  11. ba ba booey

    ba ba booey Well-Known Member

    Wow you guys sound like I just paid 35 bucks for a turd. I never meant to imply old world craftsmanship, just thought it would be a very functional rig for the money.
  12. Last Knight

    Last Knight Active Member

    Is it? How's the fit, feel, and utility?

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  13. ba ba booey

    ba ba booey Well-Known Member

    Just ordered it. Reviews for his stuff are positive, guess I'll find out
  14. bigfatdave

    bigfatdave Well-Known Member

    ba ba booey - function will determine value, I hope you get a useful functional holster out of the deal. Perhaps I was a bit mean making digs at cosmetics, my holsters surely aren't pretty.

    rcmodel - interesting, the last time I did anything with leather stamping was in the 80's at summer camp, so I surely have no idea what goes into it.
    How would basketweave be applied to a formed piece, then? Shove it onto an anvil and stamp away for hours?
  15. ba ba booey

    ba ba booey Well-Known Member

    No offense taken, just wondering if I blew money, even if it is a 35 dollar holster. To my eye the thumbnails of the actual holster I bought--posted midway through this thread--look better than the smith and wesson that I originally posted. Does anyone here with leather work experience feel that way or are they equally bad?
  16. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    IT would have to be formed in a die in one piece if you wanted a fitted hand-boned holster fit.

    For a handmade & handtooled holster, it is done on the flat leather before the holster is shaped and sewn together.

  17. royal barnes

    royal barnes Well-Known Member

    That's why El Paso Saddlery states in their ads that tooled holsters will NOT be hand boned.
  18. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    No, you are right.

    The one you got isn't poorly basketweave stamped and then ruined by boning the wet holster to the gun quite as much.

    Yours is stamped with a Tri-Weave stamp.

    But it's supposed to look something like weaving, as shown in the knife sheath photo I posted in post #5 done with the same style stamp.

    But at least he didn't hand bone yours and rub all the tooling out.

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  19. rayban

    rayban Well-Known Member

    While I agree the stamping leaves a lot to be desired, you'll be getting what you paid for.
    You may want to cut off that point at the bottom of the pouch....that will leave a mark.
  20. tarosean

    tarosean Well-Known Member

    If the stamping is that poor Id have to wonder about the stitching.

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