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Old August 2, 2007, 03:48 PM   #1
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How to finish/seal raw leather edges?

Hello all,

I recently performed a modification to a holster that resulted in the exposure of several “raw”, or unfinished, edges where I used an X-ACTO knife to remove some material. Though I’m not concerned about appearances, I would still like to seal the porous-looking cut edges against perspiration or other moisture.

Can anybody tell me how leather-workers finish the cut edges on their holsters or--if their methods are not suitable for amateurs--recommend any expedient, non-toxic alternative way to finish the edges?

Neutral or colored shoe polish came to mind, but I am not sure what the pros and cons may be, and if there is a better, more dedicated product or procedure to accomplish this, I’d prefer to use it instead.

Thanks in advance.
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