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    Question on leather

    What to holster makers put on the joined edges of the leather to "harden" the edge and make it smooth?

    I've got a raw edge on a holster that I would like to "harden".

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    David

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    its a varied process for many holster makers. If you have a saddle maker around he should take care of them real quick for you and probably real cheap. If you really want to do it yourself shoot me a pm

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    some people use a product like gum tragaranth to seal up the edge, others just use a slicker which can be a plastic wheel just for that particular application or just about any hard smooth item that can be used to burnish the edges.

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    It is called burnishing the edges. You can wet the edge with water (on a sponge) and take a smooth item like a deer antler. Then rub the edge with the burnishing item until is smooths out.

    Hope this helps.
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    TN has a ton of horses...head to a tack shop...they'll be able to help you out.
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    I do my edges differently.
    I don't burnish my edges at all.
    I sand my edges smooth with 3M Wet or Dry paper.
    That will raise a feather edge on the top grain since the top grain does not sand at the same rate as the flesh end grain.
    So I change the sanding angle and sand that top grain at a 45 degree angle to knock that off.
    Then I stain the leather item including the edges.
    Let that dry.
    After that I use a thin water based Acrylic sealer on the edges.
    It will raise the end grain a bit but will also seal the grain so that it never raises again even if the leather gets wet.
    Let that dry and then I re-sand the edges one final time with a finer grit.
    Finally I put another coat of thin clear Acrylic on the edges and they are beautiful and as smooth as polished glass.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QKShooter View Post
    I do my edges differently.
    I don't burnish my edges at all.
    I sand my edges smooth with 3M Wet or Dry paper.
    That will raise a feather edge on the top grain since the top grain does not sand at the same rate as the flesh end grain.
    So I change the sanding angle and sand that top grain at a 45 degree angle to knock that off.
    Then I stain the leather item including the edges.
    Let that dry.
    After that I use a thin water based Acrylic sealer on the edges.
    It will raise the end grain a bit but will also seal the grain so that it never raises again even if the leather gets wet.
    Let that dry and then I re-sand the edges one final time with a finer grit.
    Finally I put another coat of thin clear Acrylic on the edges and they are beautiful and as smooth as polished glass.
    Could you do this with a Dremel on slow speed and fine grit?
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    Sure I guess you could. When I'm doing real thick laminations I use a drum sander in my drill press as a first step getting all of the different layers perfectly even and square.

    I'm working on a project now. I'll take pics tomorrow and post them here.

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    You just need to dampen the edge and burnish it with a wooden handle, even a broom stick.

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    Thanks for the replies

    Thanks for the tips. I'll give it a try and see how it works out.

    David

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