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  1. Greetings! For a current projekt I am using thin rawhide for the scabbard. It has wood core and a wrap with textile bands for strength and to build up a layered structure under the final layer of thin hide. I want the look to be wethered and worn with some dark patches and stains. The intention is that the knife and scabbard should look old. Hilt furniture is antler and silver and the blade is dirty old wrought with steeled edge. This is pretty straight forward to create an old look with. However, the thin raw hide (a kind of calf parchment) does not readily take normal leather stain since the pores are closed. It is a really great material: very thin and very strong with a great character. But its strength does make distressing a bit difficult... A long soak in strong cold tea gives a light tan color that is nice but also very even. I´d like a more rough and dirty look. Any tips and suggestions are much appreciated. :-)
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