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With all things being equal (casing, tools used, leather thickness) why is it that some veg tan leather doesn’t burnish as well as others do. I have a craftsman shoulder from Tandy 8/9 oz and just can’t get a good burnish when tooling. Is there anything I can do to fix this or is it the leather.

thanks for any help

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Stick with high quality Herman Oak or Wicket and Craig leather (my experience) and you won't be disappointed.  My experience with Tandy leather is that quality is inconsistent to say the least. I know the price is right, but you'll get frustrated enough with poor results (tooling, dying, finish) and wasted time that you will gladly pay for premium leather.  There are lots of threads on this site discussing Tandy leather. - John

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Thanks but as I sit here I still have a shoulder of leather from tandy and I need to do something with it. Is there something I can treat the leather with that will help it burnish better or just notch it up to a learning experience. 

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Sounds like its too dry & hard. Try feeding it with neets foot oil. A little bit at a time and see if that softens it

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I’ll give that a try. Definitely can’t make it worse. 

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