@MM: IIRC spoon is for shell, w/c butt, is not.
Wabi-sabi__ just wear 'em👊🏼
They shouldn't need conditioning at all ... not for awhile.
Wipe w/ slightly damp cloth to clean. If you apply oil/conditioner right now, leather will darken up. Unless, that's your aim.
^^ True. True.
Shell, you're not jst paying for rarity, but also for the "finish".
The Context Butt, however, is like harvesting fruits before they ripe__ less material [investment/cost] + less spoilage. Just cuz the membrane [w/ potential for shell] was left in, does not mean you're actually getting shell ... with all its most sought-after features & properties.
What it was, was a good marketing ploy to get peeps interested enough to start talking ... & jonesing. ...
Okey, visually, a thick CXL may look larger than__ say an Italian Calf leather of same size & make up & last, but INSIDE measurement/volume/proportion/config will always be constant__ stretch potential is the only factor that might be of some consideration.So, we're back to previous question__ are u E or EE ... & in which brand/make ? U have Alden, Trickers, Whites, Redwing, etc? Anything to establish a comparison base.