Is the Panhandle still reasonably priced outside of Tallahassee or Destin?
Oh, I agree, and since the stuff is mixed 1 part to 10 parts water that 8 oz is going to last a long timeUnless you have that stuff laying around you could probably just buy some pro-carv and call it a day.
Amazon has an 8 oz. bottle for $12.00 from Springfield leather, then you know your using some time tested stuff.
I'm kind of leary of using some home brewed concoction on my leatherwork.
This is what I do but I oil/wax all parts of the blade prior to wrapping in Saran Wrap. I also leave it in for 24+ hours.I've wet molded pre-made sheaths before and it seemed to work out ok. I had to soak them longer and flex them around some.
The best thing I've found to do is after they are wetted down, wrap the knife in Saran Wrap, put it in the sheath and then use a vacuum sealer (like you use for vacuum bagging meat in the freezer) to shrink fit the sheath around the knife. Leave it in there for a few hours and then take it out to dry.
It probably does. This was on a half-tan puukko sheath. I finished it with warm beeswax, seemed to work well. I’m going to try stabilizing some stingray leather for inlays later this spring and I was going to rinse it in acetone before stabilizing just for the purposes of taking out the oils.I'm curious as I don't know, but won't the acetone take all of the natural oils out of the leather?