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Can dents/indentations be removed from a leather sheath?

Started by usmce4 , Nov 07 2017 07:42 PM

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#1 usmce4

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Posted 07 November 2017 - 07:42 PM

I've removed many small dents and dings from wood gunstocks by placing a damp cloth over the ding and "steaming" the dent with a hot iron.

Before I ruin a sheath I'd like to know if anyone has ever tried in on indentions on a sheath from laying under other stuff for years. 

Or perhaps does anyone know of another way to raise dents on an otherwise near mint sheath?

 

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Thanks, Art 



#2 sactroop

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Posted 08 November 2017 - 01:19 AM

The short answer would be yes, but auto detailers would tell you that when they remove dents in leather seats it's very tricky and easy to mess up.  I don't believe they do it the same way as raising dents in wood.  I believe they use indirect dry heat and are careful not to get the leather too hot.  Never tried it myself but I hope this points you in the right direction.



#3 usmce4

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Posted 08 November 2017 - 04:03 PM

I called Tandy Leather and got a very knowledgable person. I explained it was for a knife sheath (made from leather I got from them years ago - tiny white lie). When I compared it to wood she explained wood is more fiberous than hide which has a density similar to clay and moisture will not swell hide like it does wood. When I asked how they do it with heat for car seats she explained that is a thinner cut of hide, more akin to skin and they carefully shrink it with a heat gun.

 

Art - Lucky with knives and love - unlucky with sheaths :(




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