A friend discovered this hole punch at Michael’s craft store. It punches a tiny hole, smaller than the 00 punch I have been using. I recommend it for punching holes in leather, just put your thumb over the the end with the punch tube on it while pressing to give a little extra “oomph”. First, you need to remove the metal spring inside it with pliers.
Since my simple shoemaking techniques involve punching lots of holes before hand-stitching, this punch really comes in handy. Admittedly the punching tube is quite short, so it’s a little hard to see exactly where you’re punching – but it can be done.
The best part of this punch is that the little round pieces of leather are captured in a compartment on the other end of the punch – no more tiny leather circles all over the workroom!