Bill Kelso Leather Photo Review

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by Xopher, Apr 3, 2020.

  1. Xopher

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    Hello Folks,
    This may have been done before but Im not sure. As I personally had curiosity about the Bill Kelso Liberty Horse hide, and I know others have aswell in the past, I wanted to share some photos and thoughts about the leathers, the colors, and how they age. I wanted to see how they all age/patina but was having trouble finding photos so here is my attempt to compare.

    I photographed all three Liberty Hide colors on a piece of paper to show the color difference. I have Dark Seal, Seal, and Russet. Also on the top right of each swatch I rubbed the dry hides on a wooden table to see how they wear and again after wetting the hide. Here is what I found.

    All three colors showed the most wear when rubbed against surfaces while the hides were wet.

    Dark Seal: A very very dark brown, almost looks black. The color wore through much quicker than the others, about 1/3 the time and effort as Seal or Russet. Underneath reveals a rich redish brown which I find very pleasing and warm. The leather seemed to be ever so slightly thinner than the other two, a rough estimate is about 1mm to 1.1mm
    The surface of this hide seem very similar to the Aero Jerkey Seal, however they aged much differently. The Aero Jerkey (not yet photographed) had a bit of a greyish brown patina and heald its color strongly as apposed to the Liberty Horse of the same color, which shed its color easily but had a very nice reddish patina.

    Seal: This seemed to be the hardest aging of the three. It took much more effort and time to make it distress than the Dark Seal or Russet but overall aged much quicker than my Aero smooth and jerkey leather swatches. Underneath was more of natural leather tone. The Seal also did not seem to burnish like the other two, so the patina didnt have much of a gradient or fade. The color was pretty much all on or off if that makes sense. Thickness seemed to be roughly 1.1mm to 1.2mm.

    Russet: This one seemed to patina the easiest up to a certain point. By that I mean fingernails brushed light against the surface cause some very minor discoloration which would not have effected the Dark Seal or Seal hides at all. With more aggressive abrasions it would distress more however the color variations were not a sharp contrast. The patina appears to be more of a heathered look not as easily visible from further distances but from 6 feet or so looked balanced and varied with depth but still on the more subtle side. With further abrasion the hide began to darken and retain dirt or stains from the surfaces I rubbed it against. It also seemed to retain some mild water marks that would patina a way. Thickness seems to be 1.1mm to 1.2mm roughly.

    For all three leathers there did not appear to be much grain when new, however with just one or two folds the they began to show and retain grain and character.

    If anyone has any questions Id be happy to answer to the best of my knowledge. I am no expert and do not have any precise way of measuring but I will do what I can. If anyone else has any patina photos they would like to add to this I would love to see them.

    Thanks all.
     

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  3. Xopher

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    I think that is certainly the case. I have a BK jacket in Victory Hide which I like a lot and I am keen on buying a Waldo Pepper in a hide that will distress well. When I ordered my other jacket I was able to get swatches of the Liberty hide, which I had never gotten to see in person, and with all this extra time I figured why not experiment with them and share my findings in case they might be of use to others. If Aero or Eastman made Waldo Pepper pattern and sent me multiple swatches Im sure I would do the same with those hides.
     
  4. marker2037

    marker2037 One of the Regulars

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    I wonder if anyone has done this experiment with the black liberty teacore. I don't believe I've seen any black Bill Kelsos with any age on them yet and I'm curious to see that. In fact, the only BK aged liberty horsehide I've seen is Terry's Dodger, really.
     
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    I haven't handled the BK Liberty, but it seems it's a quick to show wear leather.
     
  6. marker2037

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    That's definitely the case, as evidenced by many pics I've seen. Sometimes the russet and seal can look a bit flat to me though (I like leathers that vary in depth and tones), which is why I'm hesitant to try those leathers, but I do want to give some form of russet a try and I do like the dark seal a lot and would love to see what black looks like.
     

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