leathers, skins, & hides

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  1. DCortez

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    I'd like to get a batch of items from holsters, to belts, to rifle & pistol carrying cases. What are some of the pro's, con's, etc. of the various leathers, skins, or hides available for holsters & belts?

    Money is no object unless my wife finds out. :lolz: j/k
     


  2. baboon

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    My guess what it's been tanned with is about the most important. Don't want something corrosive.
     
  3. DCortez

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    I've seen some pretty exotic materials used for boots. Now that I'm shopping around for gun accessories, I've noticed some shark, badger?, cow, etc., out on the market.
     
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    Amazing the things you can make of good tanned cowhide but the price has gone

    into orbit. I used to make my own holsters, kind of mastered stitching leather, made

    belts, even fancy tooled some belts. Sold all those tools at a garage sale, tired of

    billfold, check holders, making a living got the top part of my time. If you have the

    time and money for hides, a constructive and fun pastime.
     
  5. Shorts

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    If you're going to wet mold you'll need veg tan leather. It's very versatile for the items you're looking to build. Use the appropriate weight for the function and you'll get some great results.
     
  6. DCortez

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    I'm not making anything. My wife will kill me if I bring any more stuff into the house.


    I'm still in the shopping phase. Walking around Collector's Firearms, I saw they had stuff in shark, I believe badger, and of course leather. More interested in the wear and durability aspect.


    I've seen boots made from different materials but never asked how they held up, if they were easy to take care of, etc..
     
  7. Shorts

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    When you see exotics they're usually inlays or covered over a foundation layer of veg tan. Many skins are simply too thin for structure to stand alone and are glued & stitched on top.

    If you want the look without the cost, you can get faux exotics which are patterns imprinted on cow hide to make it look like another type. If you want the real thing, they can be had from suppliers but at a greater cost.

    Most common tanning methods for leathers are veg tan and chrome tan. Veg tans can be wet molded, chrome tan cannot.


    Most items are and should be treated with some type of sealer or conditioner. The type you use will depend on the function of the item and the leather used.
     
  8. GI-John

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    I saw a video where the a guy showed that his slide corners and edges became polished, Does this eventually happen with all leather holsters? I know that is no big deal and its not like it will cause any real problems like FTF or FTE, however, how much would it cost for a new coat on the slide?

    I have absolutely no experience with any holster besides the one I used when i was 5 yrs old (cowboy costume) THAT WAS 17 YRS AGO. I have a, XD 9mm SC.
     
  9. Shorts

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    Yes, it will happen with all holsters. The rate of wear will depend on the type of finish and how often the gun is holstered/reholstered. It's an inevitable fact of carry life.

    Kind of like how your car gets dings and bumps unless it's a garage queen. Same with a gun, unless it's a safe queen, it'll get rubbed.
     
  10. GI-John

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    I already know that I want a Leather IWB. I havent really seen any for XD 9mm SC, have you done such work?
     

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