Post 75: The results are in!
Updated: Aug 10
A friend used 'my' method (I didn't invent it) for restoring a pair of tired old holsters. One of them is the Hoyt shown as the 'before' in Post 89; his result is as expected:
I'll add that he exceeded all parties' expectations when he accomplished this with the same method on a Davis that had been caught in flooding then left for some years:
Restoration methods are not a panacea, though; it's not uncommon for some leathers to have just had too much living, and the wetting process will cause the leather to break down despite best efforts. I had a Seventrees that was only disassembled back to the flat state, cleaned and glued to pattern board. Next thing I know the belt loop actually BROKE (not tore, snapped) off with a week. Perhaps I simply got the horsehide too wet.
So be aware that one is taking a genuine risk when trying to save an old holster. Certainly use as little water as the leather will permit :-).