May 16, 2000
Does anyone have a better idea to deal with scabbard mold than vinager?
Mold requires a base (alkaline) foundation to grow. This is why vinegar works so well.
Mixing some acidic compound into your oil/
polish/water proofer will be a good start.
Grind up aspirin (pure aspirin) or boric acid
and mix into your leather conditioner.
These treatments also work well for body
fungus as well!.. When aspirin breaks down,
it produces vinegar. If you open a bottle of
aspirin and smell vinegar, don't take as
medicine, but rather save it for use on toes
and leather. I've thought of using some off
the shelf anti-fungal treatment mixed in as
above, but haven't quite gotten around to it.
I have some spare leather that I can try some
compounds on. I will post the results here
if this thread is still open.

Saddle soap also does a good job when used
as directed...

I live in the Tampa bay area and grew up in
Central America. The only time we had any
problems with moldy saddles or other leather
was when such leather was stored for long
term (without being maintained).

Please be aware that all of my leather
experiance has been with bovine/dromedary
leathers hand preped in Central America or
by North American industry. I don't know a
thing about how the Nepalise prep water
buffalo hide!

Your results are eagerly awaited...


FNG is the mold inside the scabbard as well as on the outside?
And is it more on the hard leather or the softer leather of the frog?

I haven't had a problem with mold on the Nepali goods, but I have with other softer leathers in the past especially in wetter climes.



Indin word for lousy hunter.
Sorry, don't have a clue about preventing mold on leather, but...

Welcome to the cantina, Trader.


FNG, I've never had a problem but maybe you could try sealing the leather with Renaissance wax or Snow seal.

Chris B.
It was on the lower third of the AK scabbard.
It is hanging in the wood room, which is cool.
It has enough neats foot oil.
I`ll try snow seal.
I have wiped leather with vinager before, but it comes back. CL would kill it, but the leather would not like it.
Darn, this vest cuts into my neck when I lean forward to type. Maybe I don`t need the trauma plate in the house.
Wood alcohol kill some molds too. Avoid putting the saddle soap on the stitching. Saddle soap tends to attack stitching. Molds can live on the oil/wax used to lubricate the leather as well as the leather itself.


[This message has been edited by Will Kwan (edited 02-13-2001).]
I am old enough to remember the days before every home had central air conditioning.
Here in the humid South, shoes left in the closets would start to mildew. I remember my parents taking them outside into bright sunlight and brushing the mold off with a stiff dry brush.
I'm sure a "GI Toothbrush" could be used.
As long as the leather wasn't left out in the sun too long, I think it would be ok.
...Just my .02

--Mike L.

What goes around...comes around.
Sun is a bit hard to come by, but that is good advice for somewhere else.