Not long ago I sold my .454 Alaskan, and replaced it with a NM Blackhawk .45 Colt. New gun, new leather is obviously needed, right? Rather than drop a couple hundred bucks for a new rig, I got the bright idea to make my own. I did quite a bit of reading online, checked out some homemade work on a few forums, and decided to jump in to this project. I ordered a shoulder of 9/10 ounce tooling leather, a few tools and started out. This is my first belt and holster with a knife sheath to match. I learned alot making these. I started with the belt, had some trouble keeping the stitch lines on the backside straight to begin with, but got better as I went. By the way, it takes forever to hand stitch a two-layer belt together! I am vey happy with the end result, not professional, but practical and will be put to hard use. Plus, I've got enough leather for ten more holsters!