Soften a thick stiff leather strap?

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    Soften a thick stiff leather strap?

    How would you all do this?
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    Re: Soften a thick stiff leather strap?

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    Re: Soften a thick stiff leather strap?

    Don't, it will happen over time with a beter result.

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    Re: Soften a thick stiff leather strap?

    I think oiling will soften it up a little, but will also make your strap darker in the process so you might want to proceed with caution depending on the color of your strap.
    Last edited by countchocula8; December 23rd, 2007 at 08:45.

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    Re: Soften a thick stiff leather strap?

    Leather conditioner on the underside after 5 min under a hair dryer.

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    Re: Soften a thick stiff leather strap?

    In addition to the above suggestions, I would work the leather with my fingers. Grab the strap with both thumb/index fingers and bend the strap along it's length. You may have to do this literally several hundred times to get it reasonably softer and more flexible.

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    Re: Soften a thick stiff leather strap?

    thanks guys
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    Re: Soften a thick stiff leather strap?

    Ken!

    Bend the crapola out of it until it is pliable, out of curiosity what strap is it?? reason I ask is it could crack due to certain leather types.

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    Re: Soften a thick stiff leather strap?

    As usual, Shane is right on. I also like to use a product called Pecard's Leather Dressing. It has never darkened any of the hides I've used it on. The leather will be darker initially, but as the hide absorbs the dressing and dries, it returns to normal coloration. I got the suggestion for Pecard's from Theyo at TT Straps. It seems to make the straps a bit more pliable.

    I know lots of strapmakers use a product called Dr. Jackson's Hide Rejuvinator, too. I've never used it personally, but I know Micah from Vintager Straps and Scot from Savage Straps both use it.
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    Re: Soften a thick stiff leather strap?

    Quote Originally Posted by SHANE 1000 View Post
    Ken!

    Bend the crapola out of it until it is pliable, out of curiosity what strap is it?? reason I ask is it could crack due to certain leather types.

    Shane, I believe it is a BRUNO strap.
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