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Old 04-01-2016, 02:35 PM   #11
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Yes. Bianchi is now part of the Safariland Group.
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Old 04-08-2016, 08:16 PM   #12
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Mexican leather is famous for being urine tanned. Hence the smell when it gets wet.

I have a newer Bianchi holster stamped, "Made In Mexico" but it doesn't have the traditional Mexican leather smell. I'd venture it's vegetable tanned.

I hope that helps.
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Old 04-23-2016, 09:58 AM   #13
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One reason leather from anywhere might smell foul when wet is it came from one of these instead of a cow.



"Leather from the ROM famous for being bio waste tanned." I guess when one has never visited Leon GTO or a leather shop in the ROM; one will hear and repeat anything.

There is always leather out there marked cowhide, horsehide, ostrich, shark or elephant. If not prepared to pay, there is the kydex card to play.
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Wouldn't it depend on how the sheepskin is tanned?
My saddle maker friend avoided leather from India. He said it was tanned in clay pots and the process made dressing the leather difficult because it was so dry and would crack prematurely. Argentine leather, otoh, he held in very high regard.
Quality leather from any country is quality leather and I'd expect high end leather goods from Mexico would be good. It is the cheap stuff I'd be suspect of (the belts I bought were admittedly cheap and the harness another friend bought was ridiculously cheap---you get what you pay for) The thing is, what about products that buyers are unfamiliar with? I am not familiar with Mexican made Bianchi holsters hence my post asking about Mexican leather in general and Bianchi in particular. Plenty of good product names have gone downhill after manufactures left the country.
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I've heard those rumors of Mexican leather being tanned in urine, but that doesn't make any sense to me---it would take an absurd amount of urine to commercially tan leather and the urine tanned leather sure wouldn't need to get wet in order to start stinking!
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Well, I've opted for a Bianchi 152 pocket holster made in Mexico and couldn't be happier with it!
It's definitely not the same leather as those cheap belts and tack you find at flea markets. Comparing it side by side with an older Bianchi holster it is near indistinguishable, including the quality of the craftsmanship.
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Frontier Gun Leather was started by Bianchi after he sold his interest in Bianci Inc. He started out his new company as basically a one man shop making western gun rigs. Moved on to making a number of more modern rigs and holsters. I believe the company has been run by his daughter and son-in-law since his death. All the holsters I've handled from the shop appear excellent. Leather quality is as excellent, or better than that used by the original company. I use the Vulcan as my daily carry holster for my Combat Commander.
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Good to know. Thanks
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Frontier Gun Leather was started by Bianchi after he sold his interest in Bianci Inc. He started out his new company as basically a one man shop making western gun rigs. Moved on to makinof being his driverg a number of more modern rigs and holsters. I believe the company has been run by his daughter and son-in-law since his death. All the holsters I've handled from the shop appear excellent. Leather quality is as excellent, or better than that used by the original company. I use the Vulcan as my daily carry holster for my Combat Commander.
I wasn't aware that General Bianchi had passed.
I had the privilege of being his driver once upon a time.
He was a good man.
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Mr. Bianchi passed away in April 2001.
He was a good man, indeed.
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