at 10:59 AM
Let's see some pics!
FYI, I also was able to make one out of a black leather belt blank,a leather snap kit. and a leather stiching kit I ordered from Amazon. It wasn't too difficult. You just gotta make sure you use a Red Bull can to trace the curved part and score it with a utility knife. You'll also need a 5/8" drill bit to make the hole where the nippers go through.
I recently found an original set of nippers with the leather holder on eBay but it smells like someone had it stored in a moldy basement. The nippers were rusty as well but priginal German-made. They are extremely rare to find. So the set will stay in my box of collectible Ramones memorabilia. If I ever need to make another one, I'll use that as a template. After I got it I compared it to the one I made I noticed that the width slightly off by 1/4" but not enough for anyone to notice unless they were laid out side-by-side. However I think there are also slight size variations in the originals as well.
at 05:48 PM
Great job, looks awesome. Gabba Gabba Hey!
at 06:04 PM
Super tight, man! I'll have to look into it!
at 05:18 PM
I'm currently using a police belt keeper (3" wide) for my German Come Along Nipper (stamped) and the other one that isn't stamped. A bit thicker, all around, in size to what Johnny and Dee Dee had. Not what they used, but an alternative until a holder pops up...just throwing it out there as an alternative.
Small cell phone cases work too. Used one until the keeper arrived.
at 01:48 PM
For those looking for the nipper holders, Dell Leather Works (online) makes saddle leather reproductions. Just ordered two off their website. Less than $13 each (shipping charges added) for new leather reproductions without the rot and smells associated with the rare vintage holders. For larger sized nippers, holders can be made by request (stated on the item page).
I was concerned about the website being http, however it supports https (secure) and the checkout took me to a https secure url without changing it to https.
at 03:20 PM
It looks like the ones on the Dell website are very large (2.75 x 4.25). I just emailed them for a price for a custom size (2.25 x 2.75).
at 01:06 AM
Mine came in today. Looks the right size to me.
at 02:30 AM
Can you measure it? I have an original made in the 50s and it's 2 + 1/4 inches wide by 3 in Long. Looks about the same size as Johnny's.
at 04:39 AM
Its the measurements that are on the Dell Leather Works website. A bit bigger than yours, but those vintage holders were all over the place in sizes and designs. Even the nippers vary by location of manufacture... New York, Germany, England, France, South America, etcetera. There's some photos online of the different types of holders, and a website with nothing but vintage police restraint photos (where I found the Dell Leather Works link).
One of the vintage holders I saw online looked almost like an upside-down Y . Location and manufacturing most likely played a role in it all, judging from the many photos on the aforementioned vintage police restraint site.
at 04:45 AM
at 04:56 AM