Originally Posted by Daherc
Is leather tougher on bluing than Kydex? I've never really thought much about it, but it might be worth considering.
I tried a Kydex holster once and I have it around here somewhere. I didn't care for it. It may have been the holster brand which I don't remember or because of the particular gun I was carrying in it which was my Sig P 245.
Leather is hard on the bluing but I tried something a few years ago and I can't believe how well it has worked at least for me. As soon as I get a new gun I want to carry, I clean it and remove any oils from the bluing.
Then I give it a few coats or more of that Johnson's paste wax. After that then once or twice a month while I watch TV I'll recoat a couple of my carry guns.
My 3 1/2 year old Sig P 938 that is my primary carry gun has no holster wear on the anodized frame and the stainless slide only has a couple minimal shinny spots. I also found if you get a new leather holster and it's rough on the inside put a coat or two of wax inside the holster. The wax can tells you it's good for leather.
I bought a new S&W M 442 almost 2 weeks ago and it's had several coats of this wax already and I haven't even carried it yet. It doesn't take long and it sure protects the guns finish from holster wear.