Have a look at the Varusteleka Skrama. The handle is the main thing for me. It's the right shape to grip and is oversized so you can hold it close to the blade for finer chops and at the opposite end when you want to swing a bit.
You might already know about this place but if you need stuff for your 201 you can get most parts from Helen Howes. Her business is in Norfolk she has a website and does mail order.Helen is extremely knowledgable and very helpful. Well worth a look in her site.
I've tried filling gaps on lifted scales in the past and the results have never been very good. Suggest you might be better off rescaling. The original handle material will probably be lost in the process but that's not a disaster.
Good luck with it and I'd be interested to see the results.
I've never been near the army, but I use a lot of current issue stuff for deer stalking. Most of it seems really good and dirt cheap compared with the hunting clothing brands like Harkila and the like.
I use the fleece tops, which are cut really long at the back. Also use the Softie jacket...
I just got a load of off cuts of upholstery leather from a sofa manufacturer. The bits are all different colours and the bits are quite big. Easily big enough to make pouches and covers.
If there's a sofa maker near you it might be worth dropping by.
I have a Robert Saunders tent which is very similar to that. It is the same format, but the materials are slightly different. On mine the fly sheet is made from a heavier nylon fabric. The inner is a mix of cotton and fly mesh panels. The cotton is orange.
The one I have was bought by my...
Thanks for these replies.
I have four Singer 201s, three of which are direct drive, "potted motor", models. None of them is heavy duty enough for the thickness of leather and other stuff I'm hoping to sew.
I'll keep doing the research.
I've been doing a few leather work projects and am enjoying it. My hand stitching is coming on, but I'd like to speed things up with a machine. I'm looking for one that will do veg tan leather, tanned leather, canvas, webbing etc. I'd like one that's good for up to two layers...
I've had one for about two years now. My wife bought it me for my birthday.
I've only ever used it for cooking. It is effective at this. The intensity of the fire is controlled by raising and lowering the glass window. There is also a baffle plate inside which slides back and...