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    Buffalo Horn Care

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    What's you preferred method to moisturizing and polishing horn?

    Step-by-step instructions appreciated

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    Generally, you would just use a gentle polishing compound applied with a cloth. That should handle all the moisturizing a frame needs. Other than that, you know, avoid getting water all over it.

    Unless you're talking about the original polish, In which case, wet sand with a very high grit sand paper, then use a gentle polishing compound on a slower rpm wheel. (>2000) If you want a glossy finish, use a skin safe wax and polish it on.

    Sorry, that's all I know about horn, I had a preceptor that used to work with it, but my experience is limited.
    -Poly is the best substrate for coatings.
    -Poly is extremely scratch resistant.
    -Poly is extremely impact resistant.
    -Poly is unparalleled in clarity.
    -Poly is much lighter than traditional crown glass.
    Like poly, you can trust me about 40% of the time.

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    We typically clean the surface with water and then apply a horn cream. We've used the supplied creams from Lindberg and Maybach but also some simple lanolin oil. We let the frame "soak" overnight in a plastic bag and then remove the cream. We've removed it both by rinsing it off with water and by just rubbing off with a lens cloth.
    A colleague of mine mentioned he had heard that removing without water was the "proper" way but it does leave a semi-heavy coat of wax/cream on the frame...

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    Hmmmm. I did not think that many people sell horn frames. I tried about 30 of them and cant find one that looks good on me.
    A friend of mine makes them himself in NY. Amazing pieces but way too expensive for my crowd....

    https://www.birdandcage.nyc/shop

    He posted some interesting pictures of his clients...

    https://www.facebook.com/birdandcage/

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    Does anybody wears horn as everyday pair of glasses?

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    Redhot Jumper Does anybody wears horn as everyday pair of glasses?.................................

    Quote Originally Posted by LENNY View Post

    Does anybody wears horn as everyday pair of glasses?


    There used to be a much more exclusive, but similar basic material than horn and that was turtle shell. My father had several and wore them until he died.

    That used to be the tops in optical frame materials, and very expensive.
    When I was in frames in the 1960s I sold many of them in Canada at that time. The lighter the color the more expensive they were.
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    I like Buffalo Horn better when it is used as an accent on a frame as oppose to the entire frame being made out of it.
    Erik Zuniga, ABOC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by King of the Lab View Post
    I like Buffalo Horn better when it is used as an accent on a frame as oppose to the entire frame being made out of it.
    Like who?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LENNY View Post
    Like who?
    PAE (Penn Avenue Eyewear)
    Leisure Society
    Rigards' (They have a Pewter + Buffalo frame I'd personally love to own.)
    Cartier

    To name a few..
    Erik Zuniga, ABOC.

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    I make ox horn frames and I've tried a few things to give them a final conditioning. Lanolin, neatsfoot and mineral oil all seem to work fine, with neatsfoot being my preference but the smell isn't for everyone. As ajjurcis says, leaving them to absorb whatever you're using for a good 12 hours seems to be the most important thing. As a rule I avoid using water.

    My friend, ex of Anglo American, reckons the honing paste that he uses for barrelling has got enough oil in it to condition frames as it polishes. I've seen him use it as a hand cream. Each to their own I suppose.

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