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This is neat, thanks for taking the time to go through this with us.
For sure don’t open it and handle it until you dust yourself off, shower and make sure adhesives, caulk and grout is off your hands. That would suck to open it and dirty it up on the opening of the package.As Gomer Pyle would say: Surprise. I received notice that its being delivered today.
I've been tied up with bathroom renovations so may not even open it up until this evening.
Wrascal, thank you for the update on the performance of the strap, I need the feedback to keep my straps evolving and always getting better. I would assume the grayish color that bled onto the wrist is from the black leather backing and this could "probably" be fixed by applying a thin layer of waterproofing conditioner to the inside of the strap. I would not worry about the bleeding of the strap affecting the durability.Leathers Update:
Something new to report about both the Shark and Ostrich leathers (alternated wear daily):
After a weeks time (plus) swimming in warm salt water (Jamaica) I observed these two anomalies:
1. One shark strap keeper came apart (I was able to retrieve it). I've since spoken to Micah (Vintager Straps) and told him I don't expect a new strap for this failure; he says send it all back and he'll repair it. His remarkable guarantee is that he would replace the entire strap, overkill for this minor failure.
2. The blue Ostrich strap bled, it left a sickly grayish color around my wrist. The strap itself still looks good to me.
Both buckles shrugged off the salt water.
My girlfriend liked the blue ostrich best, my bride has no opinion (shhhhh); too many island beauties for this old man.