When I posted about suede a couple of weeks ago a great suggestion was made by Paul Chapman. I’d written about just how effective suede can be for adding grip to any vice though I’ve never really come across anywhere that sells it in small quantities – we always have to buy a full hide! Paul’s idea was to use a piece of chamois leather and since this is so easily available I thought I’d have to give it a try. I found some in our local hardware store for just a few pounds and this really is a sleepy old town; if they sell it here I expect you could find it almost anywhere!
A chamois cloth (designed for cleaning windows, cars etc) is real leather with a nice suede texture that’s perfect for griping. The downside is it’s very thin so will probably wear a little faster but I’ve put it to the test this morning and wanted to confirm that it is excellent for lining a vice jaw!
So a big thanks to Paul for finally providing me with an answer to one of our frequently asked questions – where to buy a small quantity of suede?