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    Default Old holster help

    A friend just sent me a WWI 1918 dated holster for my 1917 Colt 1911. The holster is solid and in nice shape overall but like any leather that is nearly 100 yrs old it is a bit dried out.

    I remember the saddle soap and neatsfoot oil of years ago but I'm wondering if there is any newer and better products out there that work even better? Any input from anyone that has experience on treating old dry leather will be appreciated.

    Thanks in advance.
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    Thatís still the best stuff for leather by far but don't use neatsfoot oil unless you are going to have the linen stitching replaced since it rots cotton/linen bad. I like liquid saddle soaps like Leather New for maintaining leather best myself but on truly dry leather nothing but neatsfoot will bring it back so it wonít crack beep inside. I use nylon or poly stitching on everything I do just so I can use the neatsfoot oil since it's by far the very best thing to soften dried out leather.

    If you want it re-stitched by hand give me a holler since it's one of the things I do. Don't let anyone re-stitch it by machine since that will make new holes and weaken the stitch line in the leather. By hand you use the same holes the old stitching was in and makes it like new.
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    If you can rip the leather now you won't be able to save it.If not dry rotted use the old stuff as it still about the best.

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    Fortunately the leather is still good - just stiff. Does not look like it has had a gun in since WWI ended. Don't know where it was for the last 80 or 90 years - a friend picked it up at garage sale in Tennessee. Kinda figures - TN didn't get known as the volunteer state for staying at home during the wars- they were always off to kill someone somewhere


    Quote Originally Posted by Amigo Will View Post
    If you can rip the leather now you won't be able to save it.If not dry rotted use the old stuff as it still about the best.
    Living the urban lifestyle so I can pay my way and for my family's needs, and support my country. And you?
    ".. ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country" JFK

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