KNOTSMITH™ lanyards, leash/lanyards, lead/lanyards, leashes, and leads are hand-braided leather lace over nylon cord cores. As with most fine leather products, they will serve well and look attractive for many years if given regular preventative maintenance and appropriate care after use. Three decades of experience has shown neglect is by far the largest factor limiting the life expectancy of these lanyards.
Regularly apply (rub in) a light coat of a leather dressing or neutral leather cream such as R.M. Williams Saddle Dressing, Fiebing’s Aussie Leather Conditioner, Saddle Butter, Meltonian All-Purpose Cleaner and Conditioner, or Meltonian Neutral Boot Cream. Do not use products intended to waterproof boots.
Counter tumblers may be lubricated by dipping a pin in gun oil and applying a single, small drop to the crack between each tumbler end and the barrel. And occasionally add a drop of oil to the brass swivels on the lanyard tips.
Lanyards and leashes gotten wet, muddy, or sweaty should be saddle soaped soon afterward. Use a good brand of saddle soap (Kiwi or Fiebing’s), a soft toothbrush, and warm water. Follow the instructions on the can.
When the lanyard or leash is dry, apply the leather dressing or cream mentioned above or a product of your choice. That treatment should minimize the damage, prevent future damage, and keep your product looking its best.
Please note: If there are call loops on your lanyard, one end of the braid is fixed in the slide knot. To loosen the loop, carefully move the slide knot along the braid that passes completely through it.