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#1 Bodes

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Posted 24 September 2018 - 04:52 PM

Forum members, I purchased a pretty clean Boyt44 hip holster today....Only problem is the verdigre on the rivets.....Should these be cleaned or does it help determine age?....Any thoughts appreciated, Bodes

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Posted 24 September 2018 - 05:16 PM

That is the brass/copper equivalent of brown rust, caused by the metals reaction with the acidic tannin in the leather,  and I have seen many, many holsters and knife sheaths with broken snaps from that green stuff. It is not a patina.

 

I use toothpicks and get as far under the snaps as I can: you'd be surprised at how much verdigris can be dug out.



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Posted 24 September 2018 - 05:25 PM

That is the brass/copper equivalent of brown rust, caused by the metals reaction with the acidic tannin in the leather,  and I have seen many, many holsters and knife sheaths with broken snaps from that green stuff. It is not a patina.
 
I use toothpicks and get as far under the snaps as I can: you'd be surprised at how much verdigris can be dug out.


Thanks Bob, I have a shoulder holster that has a broken snap because of this....Wasn't sure if it attacks the rivets in the same manners....Bodes

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Posted 24 September 2018 - 05:56 PM

Wasn't sure if it attacks the rivets in the same manners.

 

The rivets don't have the stress of a snap being unsnapped, but I still clean them thoroughly.



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Posted 26 November 2018 - 09:34 AM

Verdigris removal is a regular maintenance chore for some pieces.



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Posted 27 November 2018 - 12:40 AM

Forum members, I purchased a pretty clean Boyt44 hip holster today....Only problem is the verdigre on the rivets.....Should these be cleaned or does it help determine age?....Any thoughts appreciated, Bodes

Cleaning is the best option and afterwards regular inspection because it will come back.

 

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