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Thanks a lot for all of the information and pictures. I assumed the "chrome mexcel" was a typo; I didn't realize Seidel made a leather called that. So is this Aniflex vegetable-re-tanned like Chromexcel, or is it just a wax-coated chrome-tanned leather? Any thoughts on how the Aniflex compares to CXL?
The Aniflex leather leather is quite close to Cxl. It has the same brownish hue in the corrium (middle of the leather), so it is a heavy veg retan leather. It's a tad stiffer hand, which could be from more oak or sumac in the retan process or from more solids (wax and grease) in the hot stuffing blend, compared to Horween Cxl which has marine oil and lanolin in it for the hot stuffing.

The natural Aniflex looked a bit more yellow on the samples I saw... I think that's why they want to stick to Horween Cxl on the natural.
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The Aniflex leather leather is quite close to Cxl. It has the same brownish hue in the corrium (middle of the leather), so it is a heavy veg retan leather. It's a tad stiffer hand, which could be from more oak or sumac in the retan process or from more solids (wax and grease) in the hot stuffing blend, compared to Horween Cxl which has marine oil and lanolin in it for the hot stuffing.

The natural Aniflex looked a bit more yellow on the samples I saw... I think that's why they want to stick to Horween Cxl on the natural.

Thanks for the info!

post #33 of 279
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The Aniflex leather leather is quite close to Cxl. It has the same brownish hue in the corrium (middle of the leather), so it is a heavy veg retan leather. It's a tad stiffer hand, which could be from more oak or sumac in the retan process or from more solids (wax and grease) in the hot stuffing blend, compared to Horween Cxl which has marine oil and lanolin in it for the hot stuffing.

 

That's really useful information. And it makes me want to get my hands on some of it for leatherworking. One of my biggest problems with a lot of Horween leather is that it can be like working with putty when I'm trying to do edge work. Standard CXL is the least problematic I've handled, so Aniflex sounds great. (For boots too! I have mixed feelings about my CXL footwear.)

post #34 of 279

Nick's is getting big in Japan. People has started making noise over there. 

post #35 of 279

I've got the webside"http://www.nicksboots.com/", is this right?

Thanks

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I've got the webside"http://www.nicksboots.com/", is this right?

Thanks

Yes

post #37 of 279

For those who aren't familiar, F Stead is the tannery that Alden and Meermin source their suedes from. I'm looking forward to getting that group order going so we can get some side-by-side comparisons on here. Revrend and I have White's already and I think we were both interested in going in for a roughout. 

post #38 of 279
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For those who aren't familiar, F Stead is the tannery that Alden and Meermin source their suedes from. I'm looking forward to getting that group order going so we can get some side-by-side comparisons on here. Revrend and I have White's already and I think we were both interested in going in for a roughout. 

Do you know if Charles F. Stead is where Alden gets its (standard) calf also?

post #39 of 279
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Wow...good to know. I'm a big fan of Alden's suede, so that's mighty tempting.
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Do you know if Charles F. Stead is where Alden gets its (standard) calf also?

I hope not, because their standard calf is terrible.

 

Cathpah, any updates on your Nick's from VP? I've been meaning to give Dustin a call but haven't had the chance.

post #41 of 279
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I hope not, because their standard calf is terrible.

 

Cathpah, any updates on your Nick's from VP? I've been meaning to give Dustin a call but haven't had the chance.

That's what I was worried about.

post #42 of 279

As far as I know Stead only does suedes and exotics. Here's their product page. I wonder if they do the Kudu that Carmina used in the Jumper boots they did for Epaulet?

post #43 of 279
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As far as I know Stead only does suedes and exotics. Here's their product page. I wonder if they do the Kudu that Carmina used in the Jumper boots they did for Epaulet?

I'm not at all a fan of Alden's calf, so that's a good thing. I tried looking into the Kudu that Carmina used, but I can't seem to figure out if it's from Charles F. Stead. I was a little alarmed to find this, though I'm sure there's a wide range of leather qualities coming from them.

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Just for fun, here are a few sample hides I had Charles F. Stead do up. These are heavily waxed and greased....similar to the tannage on Waxed Kudu Alden is using. Darker one is "Snuff" Rambler and the lighter is "Teak" Rambler. This is REALLY nice leather...super nice distressed flesh out.
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Just for fun, here are a few sample hides I had Charles F. Stead do up. These are heavily waxed and greased....similar to the tannage on Waxed Kudu Alden is using. Darker one is "Snuff" Rambler and the lighter is "Teak" Rambler. This is REALLY nice leather...super nice distressed flesh out.

 

 

Wow.  Those look phenomenal...especially the top one.  I'd love to see that on a boot.

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