Leather or Kydex: which wears a finish faster?

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    Leather or Kydex: which wears a finish faster?

    Ive been looking at IWB Holsters and have narrowed my selection down to 3 makers. One is an all leather holster, one is a mix flat leather and kydex, and the other who has a nice all leather and a nice lether and kydex piece.

    I was wondering if Kydex will mark up or wear on a Blued or Stainless Steel slide more or less than leather. Whats the difference in the marking and wearing between Leather and Kydex on Stainless finishes and Blued or Blackened finishes?

    Ill be switching between carrying my P239 with the blackened SS finish and my USPc with the SS finish.
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    Im curious what effects kydex and leather have on stainless?
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    Biggest disadvantage with Kydex is not the wear on the gun but the wear on YOU. Plastic rubbing on skin (even over a t-shirt) is just not as comfy as leather.


    Stainless wears less than blued (or other coating over metal). Stainless is stainless all the way through. Blue, parkerizing, duracoat, etc are coatings.

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    go leather IMHO
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    Leather wears the entire gun that is touching the leather. It will keep wearing forever.

    Kydex wears high spots. Where the Kydex hits the gun will wear down VERY fast and scratch badly to a point and then stop, but the wear is very much more pronounced.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cmdrdredd View Post
    Leather wears the entire gun that is touching the leather. It will keep wearing forever.

    Kydex wears high spots. Where the Kydex hits the gun will wear down VERY fast and scratch badly to a point and then stop, but the wear is very much more pronounced.
    I have never had a pistol get scratched from Kydex.

    Now it will wear the points of contact but that's about it...

    I have a Parker finished 1911 that has spent it's life in leather and it shows more wear then my Steyr that has always been in Kydex.. I have had them both the same amount of time.. I also wear the Syeyr more then the 5 inch 1911..
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    Probably depends more on the gun's finish than the holster. Blued & parked wear immediately on high spots, and everywhere over time. Stainless doesn't wear at all, just becomes buffed. Paints fall in between. Leather is far more comfortable to me. No plastic against my dainty body!
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    Quote Originally Posted by retsupt99 View Post
    Good leather beats everything...hands down...in all areas!

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    Except speed of draw and moisture resistance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kpw View Post
    Except speed of draw and moisture resistance.
    Actually my new Little Bear IWB(leather) is faster than my Raven Concealment(kydex).
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    I have never gotten any scratchs from my kydex holsters. I have G26 with THOUSANDS of draws out of a CTAC. The only wear that the black is completely gone is at the nose of the slide. This weekend I will take a pic of it compared to a brand new G19 and I think you guys will be surprised how little wear it has after an easy 3000-4000 draws.

    Quote Originally Posted by cmdrdredd View Post
    Leather wears the entire gun that is touching the leather. It will keep wearing forever.

    Kydex wears high spots. Where the Kydex hits the gun will wear down VERY fast and scratch badly to a point and then stop, but the wear is very much more pronounced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by High Altitude View Post
    I have never gotten any scratchs from my kydex holsters. I have G26 with THOUSANDS of draws out of a CTAC. The only wear that the black is completely gone is at the nose of the slide. This weekend I will take a pic of it compared to a brand new G19 and I think you guys will be surprised how little wear it has after an easy 3000-4000 draws.
    Glock doesn't scratch that's why. Try sticking a bead blasted/brushed stainless 1911 in a Kydex rig and watch it scratch up in 4-5 draws.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cmdrdredd View Post
    Glock doesn't scratch that's why. Try sticking a bead blasted/brushed stainless 1911 in a Kydex rig and watch it scratch up in 4-5 draws.
    The finish on top of the tenifer will scratch. The metal itself isn't scratching, just the finish. No different then the finish fading away from wear etc....

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