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IfAdventureHasAName
04-05-2012, 09:10 PM
Courtesy of "Han Jones" who listed the jacket for sale about half a year ago and, luckily for me, was still available for purchase. Thank you, "Han Jones". :toast: :hail: I am sincerely and truly appreciative of the opportunity to purchase this jacket from you, sir.

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d42/macayetano/002.jpg http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d42/macayetano/003.jpg

Beautiful jacket that just "screams" "Last Crusade". "Han Jones" was not overstating when he mentioned to me that this leather is a very unique one. VERY stiff vintage goatskin leather. But, as "Han Jones" mentioned, after several minutes of wear, the jacket loosens up...then stiffens up once again.

Still debating on whether to just naturally "break in" the jacket with wear in all kinds of weather or to assist the "breaking in" process with soaking it in the shower and/or applying a coat of Pecard Leather cream or Lexol leather conditioner. Leaning more towards the beforementioned.

I was fortunate enough to purchase a TNO "Crystal Skull" Riley Barrie jacket, with my own personal specifications, and now this TNO "Last Crusade" jacket produced by Mr. Nowak himself. The craftsmanship, the attention to detail, the overall excellence of the product....truly one of a kind.

McQueen
04-06-2012, 01:27 AM
Congrats on your new purchase. That hide makes a great LC, and I personally feel it looks better than all of the LC's that were made out of the Dark CS hide. Hope to see many more photos of that great jacket.

crismans
04-06-2012, 02:05 AM
I had a swatch of that leather. It was certainly a unique and nice offering. If I had had the $ at the time, I definitely would have gotten a jacket in it. Terrific purchase!

Han Jones
04-06-2012, 02:27 AM
Glad it went to a good home and I just my confirmation from Langlitz on the Spartan jacket so it was a win win for the both of us.

jnicktem
04-06-2012, 02:28 AM
Well it looks fantastic and all- but where are the pictures of you wearing it? How well does it fit?

IfAdventureHasAName
04-06-2012, 03:28 AM
"McQueen", "Crismans" - Thank you for the "kudos". :)

"Han Jones" - Thank you once again for everything. Great to hear that both of us benefited from this transaction. :toast:

"Jnicktem". Yes, I know.. :pics: As for the fit, when first seeing the measurements, I thought it would be a bit big on me. But, IMHO, the jacket fits better than I thought.

As for more pictures of the jacket, if there are any particular areas of the jacket anyone would like a "close up" of, please let me know. As for pictures of me wearing the jacket, along with my other jackets, as soon as my schedule permits, I will indeed take self portraits .

RCSignals
04-06-2012, 08:30 AM
I say wear it in all weather conditions but wear it This is what Tony would have said and he would not recommend any other sort of water treatment or leather conditioner

Fantastic jacket and I am happy to see you are the one with it

Raskolnikov
04-06-2012, 09:39 AM
Your jacket is one of my all-time favourite Nowaks. Ever since I saw it in Han's collection I thought it was a brilliant work. One piece of advice, don't do anything to it; wear it, just wear it until it falls into peaces (surely it'll take you decades; and it's worth it).

IfAdventureHasAName
04-06-2012, 02:17 PM
"RCSignals", "Raskolnikov"...Thank you for the advice on the jacket concerning whether to just let "nature take it course" or give it an "assist". As much as I would like to treat the jacket with some leather conditioner, I can't bring myself to do so.

Though, unfortunately, I never personally met or spoke to Mr. Nowak (rest in peace) and my communication with him was only a couple of email conversations. But, after reading all the stories of all those who have had the fortune opportunity to meet and speak with him, and call him a friend, I can "see" him telling me to wear the jacket.

"RC", I am glad I "pulled the trigger" on this purchase. But, I am more fortunate that it was still available for sale. Actually VERY surprised that someone didn't purchase this jacket a long time ago. "Han Jones" listed this jacket for sale back in September of last year, 2011.

neutronbomb
04-07-2012, 06:14 PM
I have one of these vintage goat jackets. It's very unique. Tony loved this leather. LOVED IT. Made one for himself in the other version of this skin. It's very almost buttery soft at a high temperature or in direct sunlight. But otherwise it makes me think of malleable, wire mesh armor. Stiff, but bendable and conforming stiff.

Do Not do anything to this leather. It's going to do whatever it wants, whenever it wants to and there's nothing you can do about it. I would strongly caution against messing with it in any way other than wearing it in the rain. It loves that.


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IfAdventureHasAName
04-07-2012, 06:35 PM
Thanks for the additional advice, "neutronbomb". Much appreciated as is all the advice everyone else has given me. In a telephone conversation with "Han Jones" he mentioned that you had a TNO jacket in the vintage goat along with the same things concerning the leather.

Bottom line, I'm not doing a damn thing to the jacket but, wearing it as much as I can in all kinds of weather. The weather forecast where I reside calls for rain next week so this jacket is going to "see action" at that time.

BTW, GREAT jacket you have there "neutronbomb". That jacket looks like is has been through all kinds of adventures.

IfAdventureHasAName
06-03-2012, 01:19 AM
Whoops. Lost the pictures in my first post when I moved them in my Photobucket account. Here they are once again.

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d42/macayetano/Indiana%20Jones/002-2.jpg http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d42/macayetano/Indiana%20Jones/003-2.jpg

djd
06-03-2012, 07:26 AM
Beautiful. I'm not a LC fan but if I was, that'd be the jacket

crismans
06-03-2012, 04:26 PM
That is a beautiful jacket. Tony could absolutely nail the LC look.

IfAdventureHasAName
06-07-2012, 10:28 PM
Thanks, "DJD" and "Crismans". :toast: Absolutely diggin' this jacket.

PLATON
06-11-2012, 01:07 PM
TN offered the jacket distressed like this?

Topper
06-11-2012, 01:45 PM
You mean the LC jacket?

Tony always made the distressing by himself but of course only if you especially asked for it.

djd
06-11-2012, 08:15 PM
Tundraider - Michael over at cow had a nicely distressed one I recall. Tony did a great job on those