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Skiving leather

What is skiving?

Skiving is the process of removing the flesh side of a piece of leather, leaving one section of the hide, normally the outer edge, much thinner than the rest. It requires a steady hand and an extremely sharp skiving knife. Like a lot of processes in leatherwork, the only way to get a better finish to your skived edges is to practice, practice, practice!

Why skive?

Skived edges are great for when you need to lay several pieces of leather together, but keep a thin profile… the edges of a leather wallet, for example.

Example of skived leather
Example of skived leather

 

These are some of the left over scraps of leather after a short practice session! It was quite messy 🙂

Leather scraps after practicing skiving
Leather scraps after practicing skiving