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      "Tucker Gunleather has been VERY helpful with my purchase and to make sure I order the right size and type of my belt. It is being made for me, and I am sure it will arrive in a timely manner. The personal sevice is the most impressive!"

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Is Your Gun ‘Finished’?

Posted by Rob Longenecker on July 10th, 2006

What’s the difference between chrome tanned and vegetable tanned leather, and why should you care? Hey, youíve got enough on your mind as it is, right?

Well, your firearm’s finish is at stake Ė thatís why you should care. You see, vegetable tanned leather is cured using tannins from bark, wood, or other parts if trees and plants.

Now, Tucker uses only vegetable tanned leather because it is safe for use with firearms and the only type of leather a holster-maker should use.

The same canít be said for the other kind of leather, chrome tanned. Chrome-tanned leather is used for everything from garments to shoes and unless it is dyed straight through, you can usually detect it by cutting and looking for the characteristic light grey blue color that the chromium sulphate imparts to the leather.

Also, the leather tends to be quite soft and stretchy. Chrome tanned and other mineral-tanned leathers are not suitable for firearms because they retain trace amounts of chemicals that are corrosive and will damage your gun’s finish.

But Tucker uses only Hermann Oak vegetable-tanned leather for his work and that’s very good news for you, because it’s the very best domestic leather available and makes for a beautiful, long-lasting holster, belt or magazine pouch. Hermann Oak has been tanning leather since 1881 and use only the best Prime Grade Heavy U.S. Native Steer Hides in their St. Louis tannery.

And their tanning process has changed little since Louis Charles Hermann originally formulated it in 1881, their process has stood the test of time Ė so why change it? They still use the finest natural tree bark in their tanning liquors for wonderful richness and texture.

The leather is still tanned until it is firm, strong, and tight-fibered. Their technicians still hand-work each side for a smooth, consistent, even-colored piece of leather.

It’s just perfect for Tucker Gunleather and for your holster.

Some large volume holster manufacturers, as well as some small shops, use Mexican tanned leather, which doesn’t have the richness or the durability of the proven quality of Hermann Oak.

You will often notice the difference in appearance when you first get a new holster, but you will certainly appreciate the difference over time, because Tucker knows the difference and everyone knows he won’t make something he wouldn’t use himself for a prized firearm.

Would you cut corners if your reputation was at stake? Neither would he.

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