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    Gundlach/Korona Leather Handle

    Does anyone have any idea where I could get a replacement handle for a 5X7 Gundlach Manufacturing Corp. wooden field camera? The handle is 6-1/4" long and and the part that goes under the retaining hardware is 5/8". I can find trunk handles and the like that are very similar in shape but all are sadly, too long. Pic of old handle attached. I can't trust this. Thank you.

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    Re: Gundlach/Korona Leather Handle

    I don't trust old leather handles either, as I have seen leather just break clean easily... My rule "No leather straps"!!!!

    But I needed one for a restoration of an RB series D Graflex, and got silly quotes from pro leatherworkers, some over $300, but found new shorter ones from guitar amp restoration for cheap... (mine needed a short 7 1/2" one)

    But some leather guy told me just to get a thick piece of leather, soak it well, and cut out the "dogbone" shape... (the wetting makes for easy, precise cuts) A new pants belt can supply stock for this...

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    Re: Gundlach/Korona Leather Handle

    They ARE still made and work fine.

    This source has almost what you want.

    https://www.brettunsvillage.com/trun...rts/schandles/

    https://www.brettunsvillage.com/trun...parts/handles/

    There are others and a good belt maker can also do it.

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    Re: Gundlach/Korona Leather Handle

    Go to an Op shop/Good Will shop, buy an old brown leather belt.

    Take the old one off, trace around it and use a box cutter to cut it out.

    $2 fix.

    I did this on my Korona 7x17". No issues with it and it weighs much more than your 5x7".
    Lachlan.

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    Re: Gundlach/Korona Leather Handle

    What Lachlan said, except I use a leather belt from Tandy Leather. This is a single (not layers or pieces that can separate), 5/32 in. thick leather strap.

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    Re: Gundlach/Korona Leather Handle

    As Randy suggested, I used Brettuns Village to rehandle my Kodak 2D. Specifically TH-16 from this page:

    https://www.brettunsvillage.com/trun...parts/handles/

    Here is the result:


    New handle by Robert Brazile, on Flickr

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    I can't believe some want to use an old belt when TH-16 is $10 delivered!

    If we don't use these old-time businesses they disappear.

    Focal Point just did.

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    Re: Gundlach/Korona Leather Handle

    Robert,

    Do you just screw into the wood? Or do you use a nut and bolt? Looks beautiful.

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    Re: Gundlach/Korona Leather Handle

    What do people here recommend to replace the original rivets? I often see split rivets, but seriously question the security of those. It doesn't matter how stout or robust the handle itself is if it's not fastened securely to the camera.

    I assume replacing a handle of this style means drilling out the old rivets and replacing them with some other kind of fastener. Machine screws work, but lack the finished look of the original.

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    Re: Gundlach/Korona Leather Handle

    Quote Originally Posted by Randy Moe View Post
    I can't believe some want to use an old belt when TH-16 is $10 delivered!
    Not to Australia, it isn't...
    Lachlan.

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