Hand boning leather holsters
Recently I acquired two holsters, the first being an old Bianchi 3S and the other an Alessi IWB that came with the first.
The boning on the two holsters reminds me that perhaps some have never known how to do hand-boning properly; that is, "full featured" hand boning, including both sides of the holster.
Here's the Bianchi as I received it.
The boning is pretty ordinary, and shows how far the Bianchi company has drifted from its quality principles since my day (I know this example is after my time, because the patented hardware has received a production update). Because the strap didn't reach, and stretching the strap wasn't the complete answer, I remoulded the entire holster:
And refinished it:
Surprisingly the premium-brand Alessi had also received only a lick and a promise for boning from its maker:
(I do have the incorrect dummy in it, as the holster is marked for the 4506). The Alessi is rag-like, unlike the Bianchi, because of (1) the leather selection and, you'll be surprised (2) the moulding method.
That's because the BEST methodology to be used for your holster -- the one that will give you a rigid holster to start with, and leave you with one decades later -- has (1) been press moulded (2) full-featured hand boned and (3) force-hot-air dried (not an oven per se).
This method hardens/stiffens the leather. The pressure from the press stiffens the fibres,
the hot air "freezes" them into place.