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Old 11-25-2010, 07:49 AM
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I just bought a new leather holster, which came with a very nice wide belt. The problem is, the belt is as stiff as a board. What's the best way to soften it up, saddle soap? Coconut oil? Some other method?

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Try mink oil. That should help.
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NeatsFoot Oil

Although there's many products out there to use. Saddle soap is okay but may not work fast enough for what you want

Careful using some products as they are actually bad on leather
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We used to do with boots is use hot water on the untreated part to get it wet, then rub shaving cream on it and work that in. Our theory was it removed any protective coating that came with new stuff. Once the shaving cream and other stuff was rinsed off, apply a conditioner to the still damp leather and let it dry.
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I'd recommend you NOT try and soften up that belt. It's stiff for a reason - to support the firearm properly. Just wear it and it will slowly accommodate to you without losing it's effectiveness as a support system.
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I'd recommend you NOT try and soften up that belt. It's stiff for a reason - to support the firearm properly. Just wear it and it will slowly accommodate to you without losing it's effectiveness as a support system.
Yes, I know what you mean, but this thing is way, way too stiff. I'll soften it a little at time, but it is unusable the way it is.

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Try mink oil. That should help.
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is it harness weight? you will laugh at this but having worked with leather most of my life . Dab a little baby lotion on it trust me it works . both mink oil and neatsfoot will make it slick and kinda nasty for awhile . and if it has stitching and do decide to use neatsfoot make sure its pure neatsfoot not compound it will eat your stitching. I have used Vasalien in a pinch . good luck and in the future consider a heavy oil tanned leather for a belt
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I break mine in on my wifes butt!!!
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Used to rub shaving cream on new baseball gloves, always works like a charm.

Just the old fashioned barbosal does the trick.
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Just wear it. That should break it in. My last belt lasted 25 years with just a little mink oil from time to time. It's replacement came from a member here, Skeptical, awesome pig skinned lined 10 ounce leather.
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