Re: [CR]rejuvenating dry old saddles - oil recommendations needed

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Date: Sat, 03 Sep 2005 12:55:46 -0800
From: "Chuck Schmidt" <>
To: Classicrendezvous <>
Subject: Re: [CR]rejuvenating dry old saddles - oil recommendations needed
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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."

Chuck Schmidt South Pasadena, Southern California