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I finished up with the deer expo this weekend, and I was lucky enough to see a few wallets come through that have aged through the years. Good examples of what some Horween leathers do when they're very well "loved" by someone for a year or two!



These are some examples of some brutally cared for wallets. Most of these are owned by tradies and/or hunters, and see some abuse. A couple there have been a little more carefully cared for and it shows. Hopefully this will be a good FYI for anyone considering carry goods made from these leathers to see what the "worst case care" looks like.



The waxed flesh example was the most interesting to see - it can age pretty rough and needs different care to grain-side leather. This one has been through the ringer in only a couple of months, and it really shows. Definitely taught me to include a care sheet for the more unusual leathers!



Chromexcel:


Aged: over a year.


Owned by a builder.



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Chromexcel:


Aged: 6 months.



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Chromexcel:


Aged: 9 months.



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Horsehide Dublin


Aged: 6 months.



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Waxed flesh horsehide:


Aged: 4 months



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Nice post......I also make wallets out of Horween chromexcel.......unbelievable patina......here is mine after 7 months......

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I'm actually a little surprised at how bad the wear on those wallets is I've been carrying my wallet for the past 8-9 years and it's not showing much wear. It's a veg-tan dyed with Fiebing's dye, rubbed with antique, and finished with leather balm:

My Wallet after 9 years!

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To be fair to CXL, it cleans up with saddle soap extremely well and is very forgiving of most conditioners.

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^ this is correct. These guys aren't leather aficionados and this is a good example of "worst case care" on some. Most of them got a new coat of mink oil and came up beautifully - however veg tan, of course, gets the best age to it.

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I'm just blown away with how well the hand-dyed veg-tan has aged for me, I've done absolutely nothing to it as far as care goes after I made it.

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Oh man I had no idea that the Chromexcel would look so bad after such a short period of time. Will this be bad to use for a footstool or a leather covered seat? I had planned to make some note book padfolios and some totes out of the stuff I had ordered, now I'm afraid customers are going to be bringing all my products back to me in 6 months complaining it is worn out. Anyone have any long term experience with that type of stuff? Thanks for sharing!

YinTx

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Yin, you missed the part where we said how nicely it cleans up. Don't worry so much. They made army boots out of the stuff.

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