A Knife Roll for the Chef

Constructed from durable rustic leather for the everyday busy kitchen enviorment.

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Compact for travel.

Carry the essential knives you need with you at all times.

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Protect your Investment

Never loose your knife-edge, pack them tight.

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Located in the Pacific North West

Make Smith leather goods are proudly manufactured in Portland, OR, and we serve the Pacific North West, and ship our products all across the United States. To visit our design studio, please send us an email by filling out the form here on our contact page.

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The MAKE SMITH Story Since 1959

Three generations in the making.

A leather legacy, an ancient craft, passed down from father to son, from one generation to the next.

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Timeless leather goods, handmade one at a time.

We focus our attention on the individual details. No short cuts and no lasers, just good old fashioned elbow grease.

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We guaranty each piece is sustainably crafted to perfection with the enviorment in mind both in tanning our leather and manufacturing.



  • How to choose the best leather for your belt projects.

    When embarking on a leather belt making project, one of the most crucial decisions you'll make is choosing the right type of leather. The quality and characteristics of the leather will greatly impact the final look and durability of your belt.


    Here are some key factors to consider when selecting the best leather for your project.

    Full-Grain vs. Top-Grain Leather

    Full-grain leather is the highest quality leather available, as it is made from the top layer of the hide and retains the natural grain. This type of leather is extremely durable and develops a beautiful patina over time. On the other hand, top-grain leather is sanded and buffed to remove imperfections, resulting in a smoother surface. While still of good quality, it may not be as durable as full-grain leather.

    Vegetable-Tanned vs. Chrome-Tanned Leather

    Vegetable-tanned leather is tanned using natural tannins found in plants, making it an environmentally friendly option. This type of leather ages well and develops a rich color over time. Chrome-tanned leather, on the other hand, is tanned using chromium salts, resulting in a softer and more pliable leather. Consider the look and feel you want for your belt when choosing between these two options.

    Thickness and Weight

    Leather thickness is measured in ounces, with a higher number indicating a thicker leather. For a sturdy belt, opt for a leather thickness between 8-10 ounces. Keep in mind that thicker leather may be more challenging to work with but will result in a more durable belt. Additionally, consider the weight of the leather, as heavier leather will create a more substantial belt.

    Grain and Texture

    Pay attention to the grain and texture of the leather when making your selection. Smooth leather with a consistent grain is ideal for a classic and polished look, while textured leather adds character and uniqueness to your belt. Consider the style you want to achieve and choose the grain and texture accordingly.

    By carefully considering these factors and selecting the right type of leather for your leather belt making project, you can ensure a high-quality and long-lasting finished product. Remember, the quality of the leather you choose will greatly impact the overall look and durability of your belt, so choose wisely!

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  • Product Spotlight at Xiao Ye PDX :: A Chef knife roll for the chef

    "Xiao Ye is a neighborhood restaurant in the Hollywood District in Portland, Oregon serving First Generation American food."

    And with full transparency we admit on getting a tip from many many friends about the delicious experience we would embark upon. Xiao Ye's casual atmosphere is "professionally comforting", that's all I can really say to describe it LOL, I'm not a foodie that knows all the vocabulary. However, they are masters at the intersection where luxurious and cozy meet. We were served hand-made pasta dishes with fresh grated cheese, a decadent fried chicken with gravy poured all over it, to name just a few things, all-the-while plenty of champagne was flowing over our glasses.

    Impressed and inspired, we gifted Chef Louis Lin a knife case, seeing as how we believe that well-crafted goods go should never be alone. So, from our full-grain soft cattle hides, Louis now owns a 6 slot professional knife roll built to protect those precious knives that we know he likes to keep very very sharp. It is just like they say, a picture is worth a thousands words, so below we have included a few photos captured by Carter Hiyama from Datsu Films of the day we dined at Xiao Ye, and his new knife case. This truly was "a night of snacks" we won't soon forget. 

    Carter Hiyama at Xiao Ye Portland OR
    Carter Hiyama at Xiao Ye Portland OR
    Carter Hiyama at Xiao Ye Portland OR



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