A few words about the production of our leather goods
We put great emphasis on low pollutant materials therefore the upper leather we use is vegetable tanned. As a natural product, it is subject to slight variations e.g. in the surface texture. That is, Freyhand leather products can sometimes bear some testimony to the life of the animal the skin comes from. In other words: Slight irregularities in the surface do not represent a decrease in quality.
Our leather is dyed by hand. Since we buy natural-coloured skins and then dye the product ourselves, the colour may vary to a certain extent. This is due to the natural color of the skins, as they may come in different shades of white, yellow and pink. Also, Freyhand leather products appear slightly mottled. This is a conscious decision. We think the somewhat iridescent look that comes with a slightly uneven coloration adds to the character of the product. The result is that e.g. our black is not deep black, but appears in shades of dark anthracite to deep black (which is why it is called “coal”).
In the last step, we apply an antique finish to products of upper leather . This provides for more colour brilliance and depth.
Some of our scabbards are cured with natural waxes. This results in the leather colour of the cured parts being much darker than parts not hardened with wax.
Wax hardened leather parts tend to frost over with a milky film. This is perfectly natural and can easily be rubbed off with a soft cotton cloth. With careful wiping, Freyhand leather products, whether be waxed or not, can be polished to an attractive satin gloss.
Taking care of Freyhand leather products
Like with all other leather goods, it your Freyhand leather products benfit from being greased regularly. We recommend that you treat your leather goods with leather grease or leather oils. Using fat or oil, the colour may slightly darken.
It should be avoided to dampen or wet leather goods. Water may permanently stain the leather, particularly if it hasn’t been sufficiently greased in advance. Avoid storing away wet leather goods, as leather can quickly start foxing (mildew).
With prolonged use, leather tends to soften, especially in places that experience a lot of movement.
With good treatment you will have years of pleasure with your leather products.
Our tip: Don’t store your LARP sword in a leather sheath. It can get bruised. Furthermore especially LARP swords, that are kept inside of sheaths, should be treated well with silicone oil!