To stiffen leather, you need to alter its structure at a molecular level. This is usually done by combining heat with water or wax, but there are several different ways you can go about doing so.
I have a leather holster I want to stiffen up. It tends to sag a bit allowing my gun to hang away from the body a bit. ... How to stiffen leather Discussion in 'Accessories' started by billjohnso20, ... the SCA crowd uses this technique to stiffen leather armor for their 'historical garb'. Although, I don't think medieval leather workers had ...
Stiffening Leather Holsters. This is a discussion on Stiffening Leather Holsters within the Defensive Carry Holsters & Carry Options forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; First of all, this is a great forum! Lots of knowledgeable people with willingness to help.
Leather can be stiffened in many different ways, but the main way that leather becomes stiffened is applying some type of liquid on the leather and allowing it to take a different shape through the use of heat.
Leather holsters have a "normal life span"..once they soften, all of the structure in the leather itself is gone and there is nothing that you can do to fix it. If the maker used a good solid and dense back strap for the holster then the life span is longer.
"Baking" leather helps to stiffen it but you will need a pistol mold that can withstand the oven temperature. The process with new leather is simple: get the leather wet so that is malleable, do all of the boning and stitching and, after the holster is assembled (but before it has been dyed) put it in the oven at 175 to 200 degrees until it is ...
Leather will become harder and stiffer if it is allowed to dry out over time. Often, this can lead to cracking and damage, especially in weaker leather. However, those needing harder leather, perhaps for leather armor or bags, can harden leather by speeding up the loss of moisture and heat-treating the leather.
Tighten a Leather Holster: Back when I had more money than time, I bought a nice Galco Combat Master holster for my XD-9. Later, I switched to a Glock, and bought a Tagua holster that was half as much and half as nice. ... After the leather starts to stiffen, you need to dry it out. Normally you would just set it in the sun, but it was night ...
I have a slide holster that if I could shrink it just a little, it would provide better friction on my Auto I carry sometimes. Its new, fairly stiff good leather and I was wondering if anyone has had experience in doing a tiny bit of shrinking of the leather for a better grip.
While there are many methods out there, Chuck's leather hardening methods are both easy and safe for crafters of all levels. Buy Hermann Oak® Natural Vegetable Tanned Leather for hardening at ...