Love Yer Leather & It will Love you!
Leather is natural... Since leather is a natural product, each hide has its own characteristics. Hides vary in color, finish, shape and size, making every piece of leather - and the things made from it - one of a kind.
Some leathers will surface scratch more than others. No need for alarm, this is normal (sometimes a good buffing [rub in circular motions with a clean rag] will do the trick). When you first get your leather item from Awl Made Here, no doubt you will notice every first scrape or scuff. Again, this is normal. Leather is tough stuff, it can take those abrasions: it’s not ruined (this is what is supposed to happen). Once you get used to having your new piece around, you'll be less afraid of USING it and will notice that those scrapes & scuffs actually enhance the beauty of what you have.
If you want your leather to last a good, long time, every now and again you’ll want to condition it. Good products are mink oil, or neatsfoot oil compound. Try a test spot first though, as these products may darken or discolor your leather. Saddle soap is a good product too. Note: these are not meant to be used on suede! Follow the product directions as advised.
And it only gets better... With time & use, you’ll see that your leather will change and soften, and sometimes form a nice patina - all adding to the beauty and personality of each individual piece.
You don’t wear it out . . . you wear it in!