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The Tucker Gunleather HF-1. Mine’s over a decade old, but she’s still a beauty.

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My Kimber Raptor napping comfortably in a much-loved Tucker Gunleather HF-1 OWB belt slide holster. Amazing design.

I know.  You’re not supposed to talk nice about other Maker’s product.  It’s business…go in for the kill, at all costs.  Win.  Always.  No matter what.

I call bullshit.

Fact is, I bought this holster second-hand over ten years ago.  “Stole” this holster would probably be more accurate.  I’ve loved it the entire time I’ve owned it, and it will easily out-last me.  It’s cool, it’s functional, and I’ve stolen more than a few of the “cool” features to enhance my own product.  Other than the belt slide, or pancake holster design in general, I’d say this design has probably been copied–attempted to be copied–more than any other.  Maybe with the exception of the Milt Sparks Summer Special, but I’d still say they’d at least be a tie.  The HF-1 has nothing in common with the Sparks Summer Special.  The Tucker HF-1 is a Southwest, sagebrush and tumbleweed functional tussler.  It is, what it is.  Awesome.

Phenomenal customer service, product excellence.  Function.  Pure function.  You should have one–at least one.  Rob Longenecker owns the operation, and he actually answers his phone, does what he says he’ll do, and has a bunch of time in the industry.  I’ve talked to Rob a few times over the years, and swapped a bunch of emails–he responds to those, too.  He’ll take care of you, or I wouldn’t be writing this telling you that he will.

Wrapping up this first blog post of 2018, I no longer accept advance orders.  I’ll build gunleather until I’m old, feeble and unable, but for now, I’m building what I want, and offering it here when it’s available.  I also love to brag on people I respect, that tell you what they’ll do, then do what they tell you.  Rob’s one of those people.

Don’t get me wrong–Rob’s gettin’ on up there, and if he ever retires, or slips a little, I’m 100% ready to steal this design and call it my own.  But, I don’t see that happening.  I’m convinced he’ll outlive me, so the only place you can get a true, Tucker HF-1, is from Rob.

Head over and check out what’s he’s got.  The website is www.TuckerGunleather.com

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Bob Klenda. Colorado leatherworker and saddlemaker.

I’ve never met Mr. Bob Klenda, but over the years I have become well aware of who he is, and I’ve also got several of his patterns, and we’ve talked on the phone.

A two word description?  Nice guy.

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Sam Andrews of Andrews Custom Leather makes a holster with Hank Strange.

It’s a little long, but this is an excellent video done by Hank Strange in Sam Andrews shop down in Alachua, Florida.  This one takes you step-by-step through Sam’s process of making a belt slide, or “pancake” holster for a Glock 19.  Sam recently moved his shop from Alachua to St. Augustine, Florida.

Sam’s process is a little different than mine, but similar in many ways.  He’s been at it for some 40-years, and he stays booked with an extended backlog.  As a Maker, I love watching other Maker’s processes.  I always learn something, and this video is no exception.  One thing I learned from this one is that Sam Andrews seems to be a heck of a nice guy.

Awesome video from Hank Strange on a process I’m always fascinated by.  Check out Andrews Custom Leather here Andrews Custom Leather and Hank’s YouTube Channel here Hank Strange YouTube.

Check it out, and comment below!

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Casey Neistat. Internet sensation.

He’s got millions of subscribers, and his videos get millions of views.  Here’s one of his many YouTube videos.

That energy, enthusiasm, drive and motivation?  Yeah, I’ll take some of that.

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Gibson Leather Cuff. Thin Blue Line. **SOLD!** …More on the way!

***We have more of these coming soon.  I had no idea this would be as popular as it is.  If you want one, shoot me an email to BruceGibson@aol.com and I’ll put you on the list.***

Something a little different.  The “Thin Blue Line” leather wrist cuff, or bracelet.

I had seen a few of these around, and chewed on the idea of making one for several weeks.  This is what I came up with.

This one is just over 2-inches wide.  Actual width is 2-3/16″.

This one will fit a wrist size of 6-1/2″ to 7-1/4″.  It will be a little loose on a 6-1/2″ wrist, and a little snug on a 7-1/4″ wrist.

Closure is two heavy snaps.

Made with soft, premium chap leather.  It’s very comfortable.

This is the only one I have.  If you like it, and you want it, just click the Buy Now button below.  $56.95 with free USPS Priority Mail Shipping.

***SOLD***

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Sharp stuff, and flowers on leather.

Leather Wranglers ROUND KNIFE black knives cherry handle leather tool blade Sheridan floral flower carving stamping Gibson Bruce Gibson Design

Beautiful Friday mornin’ here on the Redneck Riviera.  Thought I’d put up a photo of one of my favorite leather tools.  This is a round knife made by Paul Zalesak out in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and I can’t say enough good things about it.  Handmade by a blade artisan, and a razor out of the box.  Heck, it still is.  It requires very little on my part to keep an amazing edge–I strop it occasionally, and that’s about it.  Hell, that IS it–I haven’t done anything in the 2 or 3 years I’ve had it except strop it.  And, I use it every day.

Take a look at their website.  Mighty fine folks to do business with.

http://www.LeatherWranglers.com

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The Bull Rider. Featuring Gary Leffew.

Gary Leffew. All-around cool guy. 1970 World Champion Bull Rider in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. Back in 1970 it was the RCA…the “Rodeo Cowboys Association.”

Neat little 8-minute docu-video I stumbled across and thought I’d share.

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Spring. The two weeks between too cold and too hot.

Spring cleaning around here, and not many blog posts.  I decided I’d clear everything off my bench, if for no other reason but to verify there was still a bench under all the crap stuff I’d collected.

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Around here, it’s cool (sometimes damn cold) through the winter months, then we get a couple weeks of perfect spring-like weather, followed by too many months of just hot and humid as hell.  I love it all.  I do prefer the heat over the cold.

Two belts on the bench this morning.  Both dual-layer/lined premium Hermann Oak leather.  Top one’s a star basket in Natural, and the bottom is a plain Black Cherry.  The lighting’s not great, but if I was a photographer I’d be working for Victoria’s Secret somewhere.

Made in the USA.  Imagine that.