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 Post subject: Re: Leather Saya Gyuto –Tutorial Note: picture heavy
PostPosted: Wed Aug 06, 2014 1:08 pm 

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Mel, I hear you about the rancidity....it's has been a concern especially in damp humidity
2 oils I've used are Neatsfoot and Olive , olive being the cheapest here oddly enough
My preference is Neatsfoot , because I never have enough Olive oil in the house

Over at the leather forums I visit ,Olive is very popular, for that natural tanned look, I prefer leather dyeing 90% of the time.

For the inner I would go with your suggestion and use food safe mineral oil in future, I've just got some in for my new cutting board.


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 Post subject: Re: Leather Saya Gyuto –Tutorial Note: picture heavy
PostPosted: Thu Aug 07, 2014 2:16 am 
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How about Mink oil?



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 Post subject: Re: Leather Saya Gyuto –Tutorial Note: picture heavy
PostPosted: Thu Aug 07, 2014 1:28 pm 

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Jeff, Never heard of Mink Oil?
Mink as in the furry 4 legged variety?


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 07, 2014 3:47 pm 

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Yes. It's taken from their fur. I have a little for use on leather goods, mostly shoes. It gives a really nice finish. I don't imagine the mink likes that.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 07, 2014 6:21 pm 
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Use it on all my leather goods, works great. No worry about going rancid.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 07, 2014 11:37 pm 
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Apparently, mink oil is actually rendered & processed from the fat residing just underneath minks' skin. Due to it's fatty acid profile it is uniquely resitant to spoilage though as an animal-derived fat/oil, it is not immune rancidity.



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2014 1:29 am 
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Melampus wrote:Apparently, mink oil is actually rendered & processed from the fat residing just underneath minks' skin. Due to it's fatty acid profile it is uniquely resitant to spoilage though as an animal-derived fat/oil, it is not immune rancidity.

It might not be immune to it but I've been using the stuff on leather goods for almost 20yrs and have never experienced it go rancid, though anything is possible I guess. I've experienced rancid vegetable oils and that is some nasty shit.



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2014 6:20 am 

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Mink oil Looks good, locally we have a product called Dubbin , sounds very similar to the Kiwi product,
It does the same , great for waterproofing leather and it feeds it at the same time.
It's not really an oil but more a cream type product, this could be used in the inside of the Saya , it really makes the knife tight on other sheaths I've done.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2014 6:41 am 

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I've used mink oil on leather shoes, briefcases, and other sundry items for years out of the same container with no hint of it going foul. It may have a lifespan, but I think normal wear vastly eclipses it.

I wouldn't really want to eat it, though, so probably not in a sheath.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 15, 2014 4:50 am 

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Another Saya I did for my Tanaka Petty
In this Saya because the Petty is really thin I added an insert, the insert was a thin piece of leather I had lying around , this created a nice friction fit.

The finish is one coat of satin sheen , then a light brown dye, finished off with a leather conditioner.

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