So I'm ordering a vintage style strap without any holes punched. I want to punch my own holes because I want a perfect fit basically and I want the vintage style spacing of the holes (aka far apart to where only one hole really fits).
I see there are two main types of punches.
1. Hammer and Punch
2. Pliers and Punch
Is one method easier to use for novices over another? Basically, should I buy the pliers type or the hammer type.
Do vintage style straps pretty much only do round punches?
Should I use beeswax to lube the punch? I've seen it used on some youtubes and on a leather website, but I see many posts here where people don't use it. Not sure what to think.
Can anyone recommend to me a quality single-hole punch based on the questions above?
Lastly, I've read several tips by searching here on p.com like Micah saying to lightly imprint the punch on the strap before punching to see if it lines up perfectly. Turn the strap 180 and look at it from all angles to make sure it is centered, etc. If you are off slightly, when you do punch your hole, it'll more or less cover up your light imprint. Practice on sample leather to make sure you are comfortable with it. Also read stuff, like measure, check, measure, check, measure, check again, measure then measure and then punch.
Any other tips?
Thanks a ton!