Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by radicaldog, Dec 14, 2015.
What's the difference?
Saddle,bridle, and harness leathers are finished for their specific uses. Saddle leather has the least amount of oils and waxes of the three, and is therefore generally more "dry" than harness and bridle leather. I've found it to be quite "brittle" sometimes. The appeal is that it wears in quite nicely.
English leather tack invariably requires lots of breaking in and initial conditioning with neatsfoot oil. It will also get cleaned and conditioned with saddle soap after each use, so a well-used but properly maintained piece of tack is very different from a piece that's new.
I've never been sure what the attraction is for menswear purposes. Just its durability?
For saddle leather, in particular, it's its ability to develop a patina. For bridle and harness leather, it's the durability and general beauty of the leather.
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