JANRICLeather

Custom, Handcrafted Leather Designed to Meet Your Needs

Riverview, Florida
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Announcement    Welcome to JANRIC! If you see something you like, that's great. If you don't see what you need, send me a note. I am not a "mass producer." I design, cut, assemble, sew and hand-fit each item. If you would like to see examples of my previous builds, take a look at my website: www.janric-llc.com

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Last updated on Aug 9, 2022

Welcome to JANRIC! If you see something you like, that's great. If you don't see what you need, send me a note. I am not a "mass producer." I design, cut, assemble, sew and hand-fit each item. If you would like to see examples of my previous builds, take a look at my website: www.janric-llc.com

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About JANRICLeather

Sales 490
On Etsy since 2017

Creating leather that meets my customers needs

I founded JANRIC with the idea that everyone enjoys hand crafted leather goods made with premium materials and built with individual attention to the details.

As a collector of a wide variety of pistols and revolvers, I was always looking for leather to complement and protect my investment. There's a lot of great holster makers ...but very few provide the uniqueness I wanted in my leather at an affordable price. After my collection of "not quite what I wanted" holsters filled a closet, I began crafting leather that I like and use.

As a one person shop, I design, cut, tool, dye, and assemble each piece...with an eye towards meeting your needs. I am not a "mass producer. " I typically create items after discussing the style, color, features and unique requirements with you. When time allows, I create items for my Etsy storefront. As I hand draw all my art and considering leather's natural variations that add personality, each piece is truly unique.

When I'm working with you, I will ask questions and exchange ideas to fully understand your needs. In many cases, you might like one of my existing designs and only want it "personalized." In the event a new design is needed, I develop the design with you to ensure I've interpreted your needs properly.

When the design is finalized, I will give you a realistic estimate of when I will start the build and the expected production time. The lead time for custom items varies based on the how many orders I have on the schedule. Normally, the lead time gets gets a bit longer just before the beginning of hunting seasons and the holidays. It is best to get your order in early to ensure delivery.

Please browse my current inventory in my Etsy storefront. If I have something you like, that's great! if you want something a little different, I am happy to work with you to provide what you with what you need. All you need to do is click the "Contact Rick" or the "Contact Shop Owner" link.

Thanks for looking!

Rick Spencer

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  • Rick Spencer

    Owner, Designer, Craftsman

    After retiring as a USAF officer in Air Force Special Operations Command and another several years in the corporate world, I decided to spend more time pursuing my love of designing and creating handcrafted leather.

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Last updated on Jul 13, 2022
Frequently asked questions
How do I determine the right size for a custom made belt?

Measuring a belt you already own is the best way to find your correct belt size. Here's how:
- Put the belt on and note which sizing hole you are using.
- Remove the belt and lay it on a flat surface.
- Measure the distance from the sizing hole that was most comfortable to the point where the buckle meets the leather.
- Round your measurement to the nearest inch. If you measure 35 1/2 inches, you will want to purchase a size 36 belt.

For gunbelts that fit over the top...i.e. western style gun rigs, measure your hips at the location you intend to wear the rig. This measurement is normally about 5-6 inches larger than your dress belt size.

I will build your belts based on the measurements you provide.

What is meant by "draw type" in western holsters?

Draw type refers to the wear location in relation to the wearer's "strong" hand. The three most common draw types for western holsters are strong-side, cross-draw and twist draw.
- Strong-side: the most common draw for western holsters. The holster is worn on the wearer's "strong" side...i.e. on the right side for right-handed wearers.
-Cross-Draw: The holster is worn on the wearer's "weak" side...i.e. on the left hip for right-handed wearers.
- Twist-Draw: The holster is worn on the wearer's "strong" side, but with the grip facing forward. It is similar to a cross-draw for the "weak" hand. It is also called "cavalry-carry," as the saber was considered the primary weapon and the revolver was a back-up weapon.

Are any two items exactly alike?

No. Each item is unique. I draw all my artwork freehand and each piece of leather has its own grains, wrinkles and coloration that make it unique. That is what makes leather so beautiful and special.

Can I guarantee an exact color?

Unfortunately, no. I can usually get close, but each piece of leather and each batch of dye will have its own characteristics. The best way to get the closest color match is to cut the items from the same piece of leather and use the same batch of dye.

What is meant by "Belt Styles?"

• "Straight Cut" belts are the same width for the entire length of the belt and use standard buckle sizes

• "Eastwood Style" belts are normally wider belts that are "necked down" on both ends to accommodate standard buckle sizes

• "Ranger Style" belts are normally wider belts that have "billets" stitched on each end. The main belt overlaps while the billets allow for standard buckle sizes

Why do I use vegetable tanned leather for most of my projects?

Vegetable tanning doesn't contain metallic residue that can interact negatively with other metals. I only use "Veg Tan" for items that are in direct contact with metal such as holsters and sheaths.

Additionally, veg tan carves, tools and dyes very nicely and ages with a beautiful patina.

How can I determine my revolver's barrel length?

On revolvers, the barrel length is found by measuring from the front of the cylinder to the end of the muzzle.

If I place a custom order, can I pay to receive my order earlier?

I work all projects in the order they are received. I understand the issue of waiting for your order, but as a one person shop I try to make sure each customer gets a quality product in a reasonable amount of time. If I move a customer up on the schedule, it could only be at the expense of all displaced customers.

I normally won't add the project to the schedule until the actual order is completed and I always give my best estimate on delivery. At that point, each customer can decide if the wait works with their needs.

Understanding holster "retention"

• Snapped hammer strap. The strap passes behind the hammer to provide excellent retention. However, this style is not necessarily "period correct."

• Slotted hammer strap. The strap passes through two slots in the face of the holster and then fits over the hammer spur. This style provides "period correct" retention for revolvers such as the Colt 1873 Single Action, 1860 Army, 1851 Navy and similar revolvers.

• Hammer thong. The hammer thong passes through two small openings in the face of the holster and then fits over the hammer spur. This style provides "period correct" retention.