I've always been the kind of person who seeks out things and products that are complete. That not only do what they're supposed to do, but do all of it right. That can be a endless search for just about anything. When it comes to leather care I'm a manufacturers nightmare to put it lightly . Leather care products need to do many things all at the same time and not harm our leather and stitching. Through the years I've tried all of them, the big names and the small ones. I stayed with one I'm sure some of you who know me know about, and I've used it for the past 10 years. But, there was always two things about all of them that bothered me, too much squeak when they were buffed and white residue that landed and stuck in the tooling. That drove me out of my mind. I even had customers contact me about it while taking care of products I made for them. And with a tooled leather seat surface squeak is a huge issue, not to mention having to brush dressing out each time you use it.
Then I finally stumbled onto a product I wanted to test , and test it I did. I tested the cream, the dressing, cleaner and waterproof spray. ALL of it passed with flying colors, so good that I decided it was the one I would put my name on finally. Being hand made in the USA was one thing, being 100% natural with no synthetics or petroleum was another, all of it performed above expectations and none of it left ANY residue in my tooling, it brought back worn and dry edges, it brought back dry , abused and ignored work leather, it helped in resisting stains on NAKED leather, something most leather guys and customers wouldn't dare test. But I did. Not only did I test for water stains, but I tested with soda, coffee, and old red wine. It did more than I expected it to do. Day one test picture and description below.
Naked in leather terms means natural state, no stuffing, no top coat no sealer at all, its the purest form of leather available and will take water and stains like white paper.
Waxy hides are stuffed with waxes and are made to be weather resistant and partially water proof, for jackets, boots, bags, etc etc.
Auto grade and high end home upholstery have an acrylic top coat sprayed on them and protect them from water and stains, they are protected the most out of all I tested.
In the picture above I tested from left to right, to see the soak rate, color change and added sheen. They're all treated half way from the bottom up and labeled.
A naked/waxy black upholstery, Naked Lamb which you would find on the finest leather goods anywhere, Naked goat which is so thin you can almost see through it, Auto grade upholstery with top coat which you find in high end automobiles, high end home upholstery , and high end office furniture. A pebbled black with topcoat which you would find on motorcycle goods, motorcycle jackets, bags, and factory seats. A textured brown with topcoat which you would find on almost all home leather furniture and some auto interiors. Naked Hermann Oak saddle/tooling leather, the actual leather I use for all of my tooled leather pieces and all saddle type work. Above is a finished piece of Hermann Oak tooling leather with 24k gold leaf , sealed with a lacquer top coat.
Below is 8 hours of soak time, I applied the cream by hand and rubbed it deep into the grain to make sure it went in good and heavy. You can see a bit of lightening already. Its normal for thin light colored leathers to change when you apply dressings so this part of test I felt was beyond important. So far the Goat , being the thinnest is taking it's time. But the lamb and naked Hermann Oak saddle leather/Vegtan are coming back nicely.
Below I took Naked Hermann Oak leather and applied the cream to the left side and left it out in the rain for about 2 hours. You can see total saturation on the right side that is untreated.