Originally Posted by HanginH
If you want to keep it good and sharp use a scrap chunk of saddle leather to put underneath the leather that your punching the hole in. That way the cutting edge won't hit the anvil and dull your cutting edge. Makes really nice clean holes that way.
Have a good one.
TY for the tip. My husband is on the way home with it now, so I'm going to try it out on my daughter's stirrups. I am glad you responded before I punched the first hole!