softening rawhide

Submitted by Duff on 01/20/2004. ( )

I need to soften rawhide and keep it somewhat pliable. I have tried soaking it in pure neatsfoot oil at room temp but this does not seem to be working. I have heard that you can use olive oil but the person who told me this may be full of . Please e-mail me with any suggestion.

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This response submitted by George on 01/20/2004. ( )

Duff, raw hide is exactly that, RAW HIDE. It hasn't been tanned and has a tendency to be tough and exceptionally good at certain jobs. The only way I know to "soften" it is to let it set in warm water. It has a tendency to be impermeable to oils as the hide remains in it's natural state. If you're wanting it to be glove soft, you're going to have to go to tanned leather. Bruce Rittel can tell you much more about it than I. Click on his hyperlink Rittel's

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