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#61 Naoto

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Posted 17 August 2006 - 07:27 PM

Hi Naoto, glad to see you overhere:D


Hiya! Good evening!

P.S: Very nice wallet, but I already told you before...


I'll stick to my wallet another year or two at least. Then....god only knows! When I go back to Tokyo, I'm sure I'm gnona want to buy a new wallet.....:confused:
I think I'll buy a black wallet next for change.
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Posted 17 August 2006 - 07:31 PM


I think I'll buy a black wallet next for change.


I think that what I like about RM is their natural leather tan, it makes them special IMO...
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Posted 17 August 2006 - 07:41 PM

I think that what I like about RM is their natural leather tan, it makes them special IMO...


Yes, natural (saddle in RM) colour is the best choice if you want to enjoy to see its aging process. However, my friend showed me his black RM wallet and it made me "slightly" change my mind. His also looked cool:cool:! And he said that he didn't have to worry about any dirt or water stains, which I understand:p.

I'll have to win a lottery.....
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Posted 17 August 2006 - 07:45 PM

Yes, natural (saddle in RM) colour is the best choice if you want to enjoy to see its aging process. However, my friend showed me his black RM wallet and it made me "slightly" change my mind. His also looked cool:cool:! And he said that he didn't have to worry about any dirt or water stains, which I understand:p.

I'll have to win a lottery.....


I have to win too....would surely take a trip to Tokyo....:D
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Posted 17 August 2006 - 07:52 PM

I have to win too....would surely take a trip to Tokyo....:D


I'm trying. The best season to go there would be in March, April, May and from late September to early November, but the cheapest season is in June to mid July and December, Janurary or Feburary except arouond Christmas and New Years Day. Why? Because the summer is bloody hot (39C in Tokyo this summer) and the winter is bittery cold there.:eek:
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Posted 17 August 2006 - 07:55 PM

I'm trying. The best season to go there would be in March, April, May and from late September to early November, but the cheapest season is in June to mid July and December, Janurary or Feburary except arouond Christmas and New Years Day. Why? Because the summer is bloody hot (39C in Tokyo this summer) and the winter is bittery cold there.:eek:


I'll keep that in mind for the day I'm rich;)
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Posted 17 August 2006 - 09:04 PM

Naoto nice wallet.
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Posted 18 August 2006 - 07:20 AM

Naoto's wallet is beyond gorgeous.
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Posted 22 August 2006 - 05:44 PM

ddml, poly, naoto and anyone else with a broken in redmoon; how thick are they, can you give me a measurement if possible? Do they thin out with wear? I am trying to convince myself not to get one as they will be way too thick.
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Posted 22 August 2006 - 05:50 PM

the wallet at its fattest (including the button)-------------1 1/4 inches

not counting the button or the folded over clasping bit upon which the button is attached: 3/4 inches

if you are at all concerned about its thickness, i'd stay away
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Posted 22 August 2006 - 06:40 PM

I think I can manage that thickness, thanks for taking the time to measure. I was thinking like 2" thick or something monsterous like that.
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Posted 22 August 2006 - 06:46 PM

yeah, those measurements are with my plastic, (minimal) cash and such. amazing how much it does compress. but you've got to have the patience to deal with the initial hugeness. i'm not sure the prominence of the button will ever go away, it does poke out a bit.
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Posted 22 August 2006 - 06:46 PM

def not 2", but to be honest, i was sitting on my ass the entire day last weekend and I actually felt like I had back pain from the monsterous red moon wallet, like it was right out of the episode of seinfeld
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Posted 22 August 2006 - 06:48 PM

maybe its because i've got a nearly non-existent ass, but i find that the wallet hangs out along my cheek, not under it. weird.
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Posted 22 August 2006 - 07:05 PM

it would also depend on the jeans, the sorahiko pockets are way out on the side, so you wouldnt feel it as much in them
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Posted 22 August 2006 - 07:12 PM

I'm trying. The best season to go there would be in March, April, May and from late September to early November, but the cheapest season is in June to mid July and December, Janurary or Feburary except arouond Christmas and New Years Day. Why? Because the summer is bloody hot (39C in Tokyo this summer) and the winter is bittery cold there.:eek:



the late spring early summer weather is amazing in tokyo. I was there the first week of june and didn't bring a jacket and i actually needed it, i had just come from bangkok so it was way hot there. But August tokyo weather is another story, it was so fucking hot
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Posted 22 August 2006 - 07:32 PM

def not 2", but to be honest, i was sitting on my ass the entire day last weekend and I actually felt like I had back pain from the monsterous red moon wallet, like it was right out of the episode of seinfeld


I think I could live with that kind of pain in the ass :D
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Posted 23 August 2006 - 05:39 AM

just ordered my wallet from leathergoodsconnection.com. Right now, i have no idea what to do when i get it really, i just ordered it because it looked cool. as far as i can tell, i have to 1- leave it in the sun to tan 2- put it in my pocket. I'm sure that i should probably put a leather conditioner of some sort so it doesnt dry out, but is that something i should do immediately or just when it get's stiff?
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Posted 23 August 2006 - 11:32 AM

condition after the tan as soon as you can, man
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Posted 23 August 2006 - 07:16 PM

Is it definitely going to be necessary for me to tan the wallet? i got the "tan shrunken grain" on his reccomendation because he said it was unfinished but "had character", so it would break in beautifully in a few months. here is the color
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it looks a little light, so i may want to tan it a bit right?
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Posted 23 August 2006 - 08:02 PM

You made the right choice man, create your own tan!!
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Posted 23 August 2006 - 08:02 PM

conditioning the wallet will prevent it from drying out, cracking, and generally make it last longer

obviously, it is your call, but it will protect your investment


looks nice, btw
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Posted 23 August 2006 - 08:17 PM

ok, i plan to condition it then. I'm assuming i can pick up a good conditioner from any leather store and it doesnt have to be one of the ones that have been discussed in this thread. Is their a large difference in quality in leather conditioners on the market?
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Posted 23 August 2006 - 08:24 PM

naoto says that he uses mink oil/neatsfoot with no problems

i'm kind of finicky; i'd go for obenauf's or pecard's

there are many paths to enlightenment

straight is the gate

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Posted 24 August 2006 - 01:45 AM

sounds good. Out of curiously DDML, since you are obviously pretty well acquainted with quality leather products, do you think the wallet will break in nicely like he said?
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Posted 24 August 2006 - 01:56 AM

what conditioners have you guys been using? i remember looking it up on google and finding some super conditioner or something but i was abroad and never bought it.
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Posted 24 August 2006 - 03:35 AM

coldrice check out DDML's advice to me over the past few posts, i've been asking similar questions. Apparently Obenaufs or Pecards are the way to go.
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Posted 24 August 2006 - 08:44 AM

leaving leather out in the sun... is that really tanning the leather? I thought you had to use brains and/or tannin to tan the leather ... and I thought most leather was already pre-tanned? You guys just mean "darkening" the leather right?

What if I never left my leather in the sun... I just wore the wallet the whole time, still un"tanned(inthesun)" and un-conditioned.
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Posted 24 August 2006 - 04:25 PM

leaving leather out in the sun... is that really tanning the leather? I thought you had to use brains and/or tannin to tan the leather


brains = brain tanned
sun = sun tanned

THIS SITE should answer the other questions
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Posted 24 August 2006 - 05:28 PM

wow, after reading that i have a new respect for anyone who works with leather. That is truly disgusting, and it's amazing that the combination of dung, urine, and fatty skin make such beautiful things.
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