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    How to soften deer hides

    I tanned a nice fallow deer hide earlier this year. Unfortunately, It seems it was left too long between salting and tanning. The hide has come up OK, but seems a bit hard, and many hours of rubbing with a pumice stone has helped, but does anybody know of anything I can use to soften the hide without resulting in a sticky mess?

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    Disclamer! I know nothing about this!
    If it is cured IE leather couldnt you just put dubbin or simmilar on it?
    If you do and all the hair falls out I accept no responsibility
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    "If all the hair falls out - no responsibility"...... thats what my barber said, and now look at me!!!!!!

    I did rub a little bit of dubbin in one spot, and seems not too bad, but I am worried about ending up with a greasy hide (the deer - not me)

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    What you need is tanners oil or Leidreiters Leather lube .Both products are brushed on then left to soak in a few days,you may need to repeat the application a couple of times.Needs to be re-hydrated basically .
    Next step is to break the hide (flesh side) ,couple of ways to do that.Over the top of a post , by rubbing with pumice.
    The thicker parts round the edge will normally require more work to soften .
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    Cheers Chris. Yep, I have worn a post smooth, and demolished a few pumive stones. Seems like the re-hydrating is the key. I suspected as much, so I will try the leather lube.

 

 

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