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And here's the Rainbow Country in Shinki horsehide I just won off Yahoo; there's some issue with the zipper which I'll have to fix but it knocked quite a bit off the price. It's based off a Sears Hercules design from the 1930s:

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6 hours ago, Iron Horse said:

How is the horsehide on the ELMC? It seems to fly under the radar, but from everything I've seen it could be second only to Shinki.

Yes it's very nice. I had a good wear shinki a2 that I sold because it was a touch too short. Eastman hide is great stuff. 

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I currently have 3 left

1)General leather company cashmere lined navy glove leather parka(not warm enough so having relined in navy snow tipped shearling for next winter

2)a bespoke biker in the same leatger

3GLC bespoke biker in black Spanish nappa-with Silver studs

plus my black shearling jacket from 2013, now falling apart

wishlist

1)pay for shearling lining

2)bought some beautiful black lambnappa soft which I'd like to make into this corset dress coay

thats it -I wore out or sold the rest!

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First prototype I designed. Quite annoying to bond the lambskin onto the python and work em together into one wholesome look. A lot of mistakes here and there but I'll get better. At least I've learnt about what can be done. 

 

 

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This Eastman has been a life saver with the cold weather we’ve had lately

 

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Forgot to post this up, grabbed a real McCoy’s j-24L last week, loving the quality.

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yea i can't believe it was only few months ago @Aries picked up that amazing ninelives yak leather, then he's only gone and picked up a mccoys jacket. Putting some of us to shame :D

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That McCoy's jacket is beautiful, @Aries! The stitch work is so tight, isn't it?

Forgot to post pictures of my newest Himel jacket.

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10 hours ago, Aries said:

Yeah stitching is incredible @dudewuttheheck. Geez that Himel jacket, your wardrobe is insane.

My RMC is only an A2, so you get to enjoy staring at their beautiful stitch work a lot more with your J-24L!

Thanks, I love Himel jackets so much :D

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Don't know if this is the right thread to ask, but how do I determine if my leather jacket is dry and needs conditioning?

Reason I am asking is because my cowhide Edwin is really stiff, and does not seem to loosen up notably. It's only 3 years old with moderate wear, but I live in a very dry country. Can you judge dryness by pictures?

 

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Can I condition it with something to make is a little softer? It looks a little dry around the seams to me, though ths is my first "nicer" leather jacket so my judgement may be off. I am worried dryness may cause premature wear.

 

Thanks in advance.

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Have you give it any treatment since you had it? I no expert on leather jackets but treat my leather goods once a year.

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You could treat it, though from the photos it doesn't look dry but it's hard to say. Jackets don't need as much oiling though.

You could also basically beat the tar out of it too; that helped a lot of my Lost Worlds jacket, which was stiff as hell in places. Grab it and try to ball it up some, wring it out, but don't do it too hard on the main seams or they could separate some. Anyway, it's worked for me on a really stiff jacket. 

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Looking for a jacket similar in style to the Real McCoy's 1930's Steinbeck sports jacket, however, with relaxed, boxy fit. Per RMC's style, the armholes on the Steinbeck are high and the arm sleeves are tight, making the jacket feel restrictive. Sizing up is difficult because the length dimensions are already perfect. Any recommendations on other brands/jackets to consider?

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On 2018-04-19 at 2:53 AM, Iron Horse said:

You could treat it, though from the photos it doesn't look dry but it's hard to say. Jackets don't need as much oiling though.

You could also basically beat the tar out of it too; that helped a lot of my Lost Worlds jacket, which was stiff as hell in places. Grab it and try to ball it up some, wring it out, but don't do it too hard on the main seams or they could separate some. Anyway, it's worked for me on a really stiff jacket. 

Thanks for response. I'll probably just wear it and give it a light coat later this year then.

 

Would otter wax leather oil be a good choice for this application?

 

EDIT: How would I determine if it's dry btw?

The seams look particularly dry, and it has a tendency be bend sharply when bening handled (I'm concerned this might cause cracking).

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Honestly, leather jackets tend not to dry out so easily, but if it looks and feels dry then it might be. If there are any signs of cracking then obviously it’s too far gone.

Usually if I see a dry leather jacket it’s a vintage one that was worn hard for years, like this:

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And even here the dryness looks mostly cosmetic, but a cleaning and oiling might not hurt. And then, if it’s not regularly getting covered in mud and salt you shouldn’t need to condition again for a while.

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