Occasionally someone orders a badge holder or a knife sheath and they want a snap or snaps. I explain that snaps aren’t period correct, but they insist. I have always had a problem setting snaps using a Tandy snap setter. I knew there had to be a better way to do it without spending hundreds of dollars on a specialty press. I have had a one ton bearing press for a couple of years so I had thought of having a jig made so I could use it to set snaps.
With a little looking on the web, I found that Osborne makes a snap setting set (#230) with a “U” shape piece of steel that holds the anvil (two anvils are included top/bottom) and the punch straight for easy attachment of the snap. I tried it with my arbor press and they turned out perfectly. It also worked well using a heavy maul.
I bought one set for size 24 snaps and one for size 20. I found them on Ebay. One set cost $25 and included 25 Osborne nickel plated brass snaps and the other was $21 without the snaps. If any of the rest of you are tired of “ugly looking” snaps, this is a tool that works.
Take a look at: www.csosborne.com
click leather tools and then either setters or snaps