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post #16 of 33
I'll have my Dad get a deer bone for me in a few weeks the old fashioned way.  
Hope your Dad isn't looking for me, as it's deerhunting season. Bambi
post #17 of 33
No, he's much more interested in Bambi's Mom and Dad. He has the head of Bambi's uncle on his wall.
post #18 of 33
I consider myself kind of fussy about such things, but this strikes even me as really over the top.
post #19 of 33
I have never done it myself, but these bones are supposed to be able to work magic on cordovan shoe scratches. I saw pictures taken from a German shoe repair video in a Japanese magazine once..... The cobbler slathered polish on the scratch, then rubbed the bone across it.....Voila, the scratch disappeared. Other than tradition, I don't know why it *has to be* a bone. I wonder if a beer bottle or the handle of a butter knife would work. Bic
post #20 of 33 under the leather link, deer bone is described as 'self-lubricating'.
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What are they doing to a deer bone to make it cost $36?
post #25 of 33
Originally Posted by burningbright View Post

What are they doing to a deer bone to make it cost $36?

overhead, advertising, marketing, the usual. I picked one up. I was tempted to rip one out from the deer carcass on the side of the road, but the flesh was covered with maggots. $36 doesnt seem such a high price to pay once you have accepted the idea that a bone can help with removing the cordovan wrinkles.
post #26 of 33
So you guys are saying that "boning" your shoes involves an actual bone?
That's the last time I listen to aportnoy.
post #27 of 33
The Polisher uses the Deer Bone in this video

The Question I always wonder is that since the Bone is no longer attached to a living deer, how long does its oil properties last? It can't last forever.
post #28 of 33
Thanks for posting James. I'm intrigued by this. Might have jump in feet first like NAMOR.
post #29 of 33
I don't know if I buy the "oily bone" theory. First, if you don't have a deer bone, you have to brush cordovan until your arm falls off, the idea being to bring the oils already in the cordovan to the surface. I have also polished out scuffs in cordovan with the back of a tea spoon. And no, it wasn't a greasy spoon. I suspect that a deer bone does what a brush does but more efficiently.

Certainly, when you use a bone on waxed calf, any oil in the bone itself is pretty irrelevant.

On a side note, I prefer cordovan with the mellow glow that only cordovan can get rather than a high polish. This probably has a lot to do with my arm getting tired.
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I don't know, my arm gets tired when I use my oily bone.
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