Chuck Schmidt wrote:
> Amir Avitzur wrote:
> > Having tried several leather treatments to rejuvenate dry, old saddles:
> > - Brooks Proofide (does not penetrate thick leather)
> > - saddle oil (impregnates, softens and weakens the leather)
> In the past Brooks recommended Neats Foot Oil (Neatsfoot Oil) and that's
> what I've always used. Some say that Neats Foot Oil destroys leather
> saddles but that is not what I've experienced in 30 years of use.
> >From the 1937 Brooks Catalog, "Care of the saddle. ...To preserve the
> leather, occasional dressings of Proofide or Neats Foot Oil, will be
> found advantageous."
>From the internet...
Product Description: A natural preservative for leather articles. Repels water. Protects against stiffening and cracking. Restores pliability to dried-out leather. Unsurpassed for restoring water- hardened leather to its original softness. Leaves no oily, greasy surface. Lubricates without saturation. Stays put - doesn't ooze or spread. Gives leather an elegant, satin finish.
Application: For use on boots, saddles and all leather articles.
Instructions for use: Make sure the leather to be treated is clean and dry. Oil may tend to darken leather but is recommended when oil penetration and ease of application are important. Apply one or two coats as conditions may require. Allow article to stand for a few hours. Wipe off surplus oil before use. Do not use on suede and nubuck.
Chemical Composition: Animal oils and fats
Chuck Schmidt South Pasadena, Southern California