SDA Phone Holder Update

It was time to give my Studio D’Artisan phone holder a little maintenance after some months of use.

It’s been the most constant piece of cattle-hide accessory I have with me.

But given the ‘finished’ nature of the leather – it came a pre-dyed saddle tan – it’s evolution in terms of colour has been much slower than one would expect of unfinished/natural leathers.

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Tools include: natural-bristle brush, 100% horse oil, beeswax/neatsfoot mixture, magnifying glass, fine cloth and a cup of Taiwanese tea.

 

Firstly, I take the phone holder apart and wipe the leather clean (could use a soft brush too.)

I take note of areas which need particular attention (hence magnifying glass).

Then, I apply a thin layer of oil with my brush.

Areas of abrasion or grain damage are given slightly more oil.

The horse oil I use has very high penetrance, and within a minute or so, no residue is left on the grain surface.

 

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I wait for 5 minutes, and then apply thin layer of wax all over.

The wax goes onto the grain, the edges, the backside (i.e. to dub it), the hardware (will give a shiny polish) and threads.

I wait 10 minutes, and then give the grain, edges and hardware a good rub through with my cloth.

 

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Here is a super-macro of the grain for you 🙂

The leather that SDA has chosen for this holder is very interesting – it’s been finished at the tannery, but not completely ‘settled’.

The imperfections and natural grain texture are noticeable, especially after some oiling and a few months of wear.

 

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The burnish on this piece was fairly high quality when new, and now after a few months, the edges have taken a dark, waxy shine.

A little bit of ‘lichenification’ (:P) happening – a sign of natural wear.

 

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Since the leather has softened and stretched out a little, my phone no longer sits tightly in this holder.

So a little DIY was needed…

High quality mini speaker-pads to the rescue 🙂

I popped three of them inside, and problem solved.

 

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Overall, I think SDA did a great job with this holder.

People seem to really like it, or in any case it certainly attracts lots of attention, and has been a conversation starter many a times.

The build quality was good, the colour well selected, and the leather choice very solid.

 

How does it compare to my previous Red Moon holder?

I feel the design is not as secure without a top-strap holding the phone down.

Red Moon also uses a superior (and more ‘refined’) leather, with more suppleness and reactivity.

 

But at half the price of the Red Moon version, this SDA holder definitely packs a punch…

The overall shape and design is also more rugged than that of most phone holders I’ve seen.

And dare I say, I prefer the single layer design instead of the double-layer on the Red Moon.

The pig-chief concho also makes it instant win 😛

 

 

 

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6 thoughts on “SDA Phone Holder Update

  1. nice write up as always !
    Please don’t mind me asking where can i get both the tubs of 100% horse oil and beeswax/neatsfoot mixture as pictured. Any info on them will be greatly appreciated! =)

    Thanks

  2. Sorry to bother you again Mike ,
    does the beeswax/neatsfoot mixture have a proper term in japanese rakuten stores? i cant seem to find it.
    Greatly appreciated !

    1. It’s simply called ‘leather protection cream’ when translated.
      I don’t know what term the shops might use though (I get these from travelling relatives.)

      1. Ahh thanks again Mike , looks like i have to find proxy service to help me on this one.
        Cheers and good day ahead!

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