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Hirschkleber - Deer Glue

Discussion in 'Sheaths & Other Leather Projects' started by John Noon, Aug 19, 2020.

  1. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    I have brought in Hirschkleber which is very popular in the Bespoke shoe & boot making crowd as it is a natural product with no fumes too speak of.

    key points:
    you have time to adjust the glue joint.
    leather can still breath which is good in a layered sheath.
    Can be disassembled with a prolonged soak in water.
    Glue joint sands easily and is easy to burnish.
    Can be used to harden leather to a small degree, combine with hammer burnishing for greater stiffness
    apply to back of leather and burnish for a smooth finish.


    Probably other things that it does but I have not tried out just yet. picture is of a test sample that I tried to fold after gluing and burnishing.
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    burnishing was done with WYO Quik Slick from Barry King Tools. The broken glue joint was from folding and it turns out that I should have misted the leather before bonding.
    Should have read the instructions before use


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    Hirschkleber
    WYO Quik Slik
     
  2. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    Hi John. Will it take on dye?
     
  3. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    That is a good question and I am going to try to dye it shortly. I know the WYO Quik Slik takes dye easily
     
  4. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    First is the WYO Quick slick, Red Dye and Brown EdgeKote
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    The Hirschkleber Glue, after bending 90 degrees (cracking in surface) then given another coat and burnished did take the Red Dye.
    Sample looks like it went through hell and back so not something I really want on the web page but I can send you the picture
     
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  5. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    Working on a leather heel yesterday and found out something real nice. Any glue that squishes out and dries is good and hard which makes sanding very easy.
     

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