I started this journey into the world of leathercrafting with a cheap set of dime-store-quality beginners tools. Nearly all of them have been upgraded over time. We all learn along the way that it is just easier to buy good-quality tools from the start.
I was working on a bag last night. I rolled the edges for a clean, professional look and glued them down. The cheap little roller that I bought early on, broke in the middle of rolling one of these edges. It didn’t ruin the project but now it will cost me more money to go buy a solid, high-quality roller to add to my toolkit and the broken one will land in a parts bin.
I know the argument against it is that if you get into the craft and find that it is not for you, you are not out a whole lot of money. The problem with this sentiment is that buying cheap tools can lead to problems and frustration while new crafters are just learning.
Buying cheap tools costs more in the long run. It is actually cheaper to buy high-quality tools right away, and if leathercrafting is just not for you, those tools can be sold to recoup some of your initial expenses.