Thanks a lot Mathewh! Yeah a good thread, thanks. Unfortunately, quite a few of the older images have been removed but good info there for sure!. The Katahdin is pretty much the service boot yeah? Is crazy horse a colour or type of leather?
Yeah, I don't really want to change the look and texture of the crazy horse leather. I love the look as it is. I don't need to do any major waterproofing either as its a urban boot to wear with denim. Sounds like we have similar needs, aesthetic and usage.
Would you use the Bick 4 on my crazy horse plain toe wedge's when new and before 1st wear? or just as needed every year or so? I love that it doesn't effect the look of the leather! I just want the leather to last and not dry out. Any opinion of the Obenauf's Leather Oil? http://www.amazon.com/Obenaufs-Leather-Oil-16oz-Restores/dp/B003EAW57E/ref=lh_ni_t?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A1B7M9EQGNCLQA#productDetails
Out of interest, do you have the same boots as me, or just a chipp's fan from way back :)
I've never owned any of the Heritage line. Just looking at pictures though, the Katahdin is closer to the Homestead boot (because of the cap toe) but still different. They each have different hardware, sole and welt stitching. The leather looks slightly different (can't tell for sure) and its my understanding that the Heritage boots don't come with an insole. I'm no expert on the types of leather but to me, crazy horse leather seems to be mostly about the texture. It not like a regular full grain leather. Its got kind of a nap on the surface and a distressed look that gives it a patina. It doesn't have nearly as much texture as suede and seems to take abuse well.
I generally only apply stuff to my boots as needed. I'd only put something on new boots if they seemed stiff and dried out, like they'd been in storage for a while, or if I wanted to do some heavy duty waterproofing. Everyone here seems to have their opinion about this. BTW, the Bick 4 does change the look right when its applied but after about 24 hours you can't tell it was there. So if you use it, don't be alarmed if they look darker at first. Its also always good to test a small out of the way spot first before covering the whole boot.
I'm a fan of American made clothing in general and boots especially. I've had a soft spot for Chippewa since I had that first pair that's lasted so long. I've been thru other Chippewa boots that I don't have any more. Right now I've got four different pairs of Chippewa boots that I wear pretty often. I've got both versions of the Katahdin Iron Works Engineer boots, a pair of nubuc snake boots that I wear when out & about on our property and a pair of nubuc wellington type for general work.