Wednesday, April 14, 2010

My New Favorite Leather Stuff

Here's my new favorite stuff:

And here's what it does.  This is an older, Argentine-made Collegiate that hasn't seen much in the way of TLC:

The leather's dry and the flaps have seen a lot of rubbing and abuse:

Now here's the same saddle (note that all photos were taken using the same lighting and exposure settings on my camera, and all the same adjustments in PhotoShop) after a single light application of the Black Country Balsam and a quick buff with a soft cloth:

Close-up of the flap:

Added bonus:  it wasn't so oily that I had to wash my hands after using it, and it has a light, pleasant lemon scent.  And if it can do that in less than 5 minutes to badly-damaged, inexpensive leather ... 'nuff said!


SprinklerBandit said...

That is incredible. Is it specifically for black tack or does it do just as well on brown?

saddlefitter said...

It works beautifully on black or brown, and would work on any color - there are no dyes or colors in it; it's just natural oils, fats and wax. I'm VERY impressed with this stuff.

Sydney said...

Where did you get it? I would love to try it.

saddlefitter said...

Sydney, we have it at the shop (, and I'd imagine that most of Black Country's other retailers would have it as well.

Cut-N-Jump said...

I was going to ask where I could find it... read the comments and, well. DUH! Sorry, I am having a dumb moment myself here. *grumble* *eyeroll*

I will have a look at the website because I'm pretty sure it would work equally well on western saddles and my harness too.


Melissa said...

Any feelings regarding how it compares to Passier's lederbalsalm? I love that stuff, but if this is better...=)

saddlefitter said...

I *love* Passier lederbalsam and have used it for years. It seems to have a higher oil content than the BC Balsam, which is waxier-feeling and more solid.

iriedogs said...

I have been using Passier Lederbalsam for years, but will go get some of this if it is better nad less greasy. Thanks for the info!