Advice on constructing a sellable leash please!
July 26, 2009 8:14 PM   Subscribe

Had an idea for a new design of dog leash and want to make and hopefully sell it. I've had a heck of a time finding a source for all the little locking/clasping components found on your typical leash. How do I find them?

It could be the little plastic locking clasp, or the metal variety, it doesn't matter too much at this point. We checked out the offerings at the local giant hardware store but they seem unsuitable, and I'd really like to find them in bulk and save a few bucks.

Also, any recommendations on fabric would be great!

Thanks for any help!

Here's a couple links incase it isn't clear what I'm looking for

Metal clasp

Plastic clasp
posted by my homunculus is drowning to Pets & Animals (6 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Metal Clasps
Plastic Clasps
posted by hindmost at 8:18 PM on July 26, 2009

Those metal kind are called swivel snap-hooks and McMaster-Carr has a large assortment. Also, if you need beta testers for new leashes, let me know.
posted by JMOZ at 8:30 PM on July 26, 2009 [1 favorite]

Farm/ ranch supply and tack (horse stuff) stores sell a wide assortment of the metal snaps which would be good for prototype development. They are generally $0.50 to $2/ea depending on the size and material (you don't want the cheap chrome or nickel-plated ones because they break, get brass or stainless). Many of those stores will also carry or be able to get you a variety of nylon, cotton and leather straps in a length and width appropriate for larger dog leashes.
posted by fshgrl at 8:47 PM on July 26, 2009

Best answer: Once you've got your prototype worked out, check out Ali Baba for large numbers of just about any item.
posted by geekyguy at 8:56 PM on July 26, 2009

Best answer: should have everything you need
posted by JV at 9:03 PM on July 26, 2009

Best answer: if you're going to make leashes, especially something you've designed and manufactured yourself, please make sure you do proper stress testing before selling them!
posted by lia at 9:15 PM on July 26, 2009 [1 favorite]

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