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Tools of a Tanner.

Leather is one of the kings materials within the Footwear Industry, although the sector has diversified with new materials, leather remains by far the preferred of many, and all thanks to the multiple benefits it offers manufacturers and consumers.


What little is known about this category is the great work that merits its production, from the time it is separated from the animal until it reaches the hands of the producer to convert it into footwear and finally be enjoyed by the consumer.



Within this process, a series of tools is needed for the tanner to perform his work successfully. These tools are: 


It is the most obvious and necessary tool for tanning leather, with it you can make precise cuts to the skin, so the blades must be sharp and be changed constantly, this will allow clean and perfect cuts.



In turn the size must be adapted to the hand of the operator, those too large or small hinder the work and can result in undesirable accidents. 

·Metal ruler.

In addition to taking the measures it will also be useful to support the cutter on it and make the precise cuts, therefore preferably this should be steel so that the blade is not jammed. At least 2 mm thick and at least 50 cm long. 

Martillo de Goma- Imagen Cortesía.

"Currently some tools have been replaced by the use of machinery"

Jorge Martínez.



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This should be rubber, nylon or Teflon but never metallic, this to avoid damaging other tools and making annoying noises. 


They are a metal tool also called a burin, which you can find with a shovel or ball tip and will be used to make the marks on the leather when cutting.



In case of emergency they can be replaced with a pen/ pen without ink. 


Useful and necessary to make the marks on the leather that will serve as guides when sewing, to avoid imperfections in the seam it is always important to “fillet” before.


Its function is to bevel the edges of the pieces once they are cut, resulting in a more “soft” effect.


·Spear or Punch.

Very important when making the marks and perforations in the leather where subsequently passes the thread. 

·Burnisher or Polisher.

This wooden tool serves to give a smooth and shiny finish to the edges, by means of the settlement of the leather fibers to be rubbed continuously.


They perform the same function as the punch, the difference is that they are able to open several holes simultaneously, of different thicknesses. 


It is also a tool used to make perforations in leather.

Bruñidor. Imagen Cortesía


When required to cut leather they must be stronger and more resistant with serrated edge.


They are special for sewing leathers for their resistance characteristics, they are longer and thicker than normal ones with round tip. 


Ideal to open the pore of the material and thus be able to apply glues and adhesives or also to reduce it by reducing roughness. 

·A side of stringy.

It is a tool that facilitates the task of eliminating muscle and fat residues that may still have the skin. 


For more industrial processes a drum is used, while if the task is handmade a drum will be enough to soak or encase the skins.



Many of these tools have already been replaced by industrial processes, which through machinery allow tasks to be done more simply.


However there are many who still do it by hand or even mix both processes, making use of the tools to treat the leather.


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