I love bicycle saddles made out of leather. No other saddles are as comfortable or pretty. Some think a hard leather saddle would be uncomfortable, but I like to put my sit bones on a hard but flexible surface so that soft tissue isn’t supporting weight (as is the case when you sit on a pillowy saddle). Many profess the importance of breaking them i, but I disagree. I find leather saddles of all shapes and sizes to be comfortable right away, provided you select a shape which is appropriate for your riding position. Narrow ones are better for riding in a forward leaning seating position. Wider ones are better for sitting upright.
Until today, the ones I owned arrived on used bicycles I bought on eBay. This seemed to sit well with me, despite my effort to live a vegan lifestyle, but now I see I am standing on a slope with some measure of slipperiness. Today I received the first leather saddle I bought separately. It is used, sure, but now the next bidder in line, from whom I took this seat, might head out and buy a new one. Or if she doesn’t, she’ll buy some other used one and then a different buyer will head to the bicycle store to get a new one. My point is, there are only so many used leather bicycle saddles out there, and I probably should not be the one buying them. Throw a verbal stone if you’d like or just revel in my weakness. Either way, I can’t unring this particular bell.
The subject of my most recent hypocrisy was made in Japan by Fujita Mfg. Co. Ltd. Velobase suggests these came on Fuji S10s in early 1970s, but a casual search of Google images turns up Belt saddles on a couple of different models. Maybe they migrated from S10 bicycles to others. Tough to say. I love the stitching.
I will either try it on one of my current bicycles or save it for a future project. In any event, it will be cared for and enjoyed for decades to come.
Update: Looking at the pictures I see the joke may be on me. The nose is starting to spread. I have never ridden on a saddle in this condition, but I can see that if it goes to far it would cause chaffing. If need be, it can be fixed by drilling holes along the bottom edges of the nose and pulling the edges together with laces, but I certainly didn’t mean to buy a saddle in need of this fix. Only thing to do is put it on a bike and give it a try.