30 Oct 2015

Tools and materials

  • 3-3,2mm bend for the main part 
  • 1-1,2mm shoulder for the gusset 
  • Round briefcase lock
  • 3 x 25mm Buckle 
  • 4 x 20mm D-ring 
  • 2 x 25mm Snap hook 
  • 4 x chicago screw 10mm
  • 8 x 2 mm round head brass rivets 
  • Metal bar 
  • ROC leather dye 
  • Lin cable 432 white 
  • Leather Protection Cream 
  • Contact cement 
A lot of tools are used to make this briefcase. This list might not be complete but the most important tools are mentioned below:

The leather as it came:

 The  Italien double bend is 23 sq.ft. and costs 287$ (12,5$ per sq.ft). Things are expensive in Denmark!The quality is much better than the side I used for the last briefcase. That beeing said I would still love to get my hands on some real quality leather. Any recomendations?

Along with a strip of shoulder:

 The back side is very smooth:


  1. That leather looks pretty good but did you tried with Tärnsjö from Sweden, J&JF Baker from England and Masure from Belgium? Specially J&JF Baker, their bridle shoulders is just impressive. They and Tärsnjö will be happy to send you some samples (I didn't tried with Masure).
    Thank you for the posts! I'm on my way to my first briefcase and this is really, really helpful!

    1. Hi, I have talked with Tärnsjö but they will not sell to you unless you have a company. Bridle leather is something I will try at some point but the cost keeps me from buying it. I just bought a few veg tan shoulders from metropolitan leather and they are very nice.

      I'm glad you like the posts and I hope that your briefcase turns out great :)